Melvin Eugene Stotts
Melvin Eugene Stotts, an 80-year-old Princeton, Missouri resident, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021, with his wife and daughters by his side, at his daughter’s home in Kansas City, MO. Melvin was born July 9, 1940 in Trenton, Mo, the son of Cleo Eugene and Virginia Belle (McLaughlin) Stotts. He grew up the eldest of 2 boys in Mill Grove, Missouri, and graduated from Princeton High School in 1958. On December 31, 1957, he married the love of his life, Mabel Rae “Susie” Lewis. During their marriage, Melvin came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He was a member of the Christian Church, and after moving back to north Missouri, would often invite members of the Full Faith Christian Center, in Princeton, MO, to have worship services, at their home in the country.
He enjoyed working on the Rock Island Line prior to working for Kenworth Trucking Company, in Kansas City, MO until its closing in May 1986. He and Susie then moved back up to Mercer County, MO to return to their roots and be closer to extended family. While back in north Missouri, Melvin also worked for the DeMoss Sawmill, Coon Manufacturing, and Con Agra before retiring.
Melvin had a love of the outdoors, a special connection with all animals, and loved many pets over the years. He was an avid sportsman, proficient in archery, and who preferred deer/turkey hunting and fishing above all else. At almost any time of year, Melvin could be found walking area creek beds looking for arrowheads and had a collection of hundreds he had found over his lifetime. He also loved the springtime and mushroom season, as did his family. Melvin was also loyal and loudly cheered for both the KC Chiefs and the KC Royals. He loved to attend their games whenever he could get tickets and go with his family.
Melvin was a faithful and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother, Jerry, and an infant granddaughter, Tonya. Survivors include his wife Susie, daughters, Earlene Hazelrigg, husband, Don, and grandson, Brett, all of Blue Springs, MO., Linette Winkler, husband, Mike, granddaughter, Jhatonna and grandson, Mitch, all of Kansas City, MO., and Son Ray Lewis, wife Jennifer, of Princeton, MO., granddaughter, Marilyn, of Jamesport, MO., and grandson, Mitchell, of Platte City, MO., as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. Melvin also loved and considered Joe Herrity like a son, as well as Joe’s children Nate, LeAnna, and Joey, and grandchildren, Wyatt, Callum, and Rhett, whom he got to meet, for the first time, shortly before his passing.
Melvin was cremated with plans for a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 12:00 Noon, at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 804 E. Main Street, Princeton, MO., 64673.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church or to the family to help defray costs.