Funeral services for Mr. B. D. Bottoms, Sr. will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Jewett. Bro. Allen Crosby will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Sardis Cemetery with U.S. Air Force Honors and Masonic graveside rites.
Visitation will be held on Monday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett.
Mr. Bottoms passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019, at his residence near Jewett.
He was born on June 3, 1922, in Newby, to Jack & Nettie Bottoms. He graduated from Jewett High School with the class of 1940, and went to work in Houston for Hughes Tools while he earned his Associate Degree in Business. He entered into the military in the U. S. Army Air Corps on October 5, 1942 and served during World War II until his discharge on September 20, 1945. He received the E.A.M.E. Campaign medal with two Bronze Stars, the Air medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, good conduct medal, and other awards and citations including the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while serving as flight engineer/waist gunner of a B-24 Liberator bomber. He was involved in battles in Normandy and other air offensives in Europe. In 2017, he was given the Knight in the French Legion of Honour Award by the French Consulate in Houston for his efforts in liberating France.
After the war, Mr. Bottoms worked for Gulf Oil and lived in Groves from 1954 until 2007 when he returned to Jewett. While in Groves, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Port Arthur and later First Baptist Church in Port Neches before joining First Baptist Church in Jewett. He enjoyed building things and working with his carpentry skills. Mr. Bottoms was a member of Jewett Lodge #427 for over seventy years and had the honor of being given the Golden Trowel Award by his lodge brothers.
He is survived by two sons, Clifford J. Bottoms & wife Beth of Fulshear, TX, and Brona Dale Bottoms, Jr. & wife Annette of Hamilton, OH; two daughters, Loretta Dianne Guthrie & husband Gary of Troup, and Janis Holt & husband Alton of Silsbee; seventeen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Bottoms & wife June, and Paul J. Bottoms & wife Joyce all of Jewett; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mr. Bottoms was preceded in death by his parents; four wives, Eleanor Bottoms & infant daughter, Janet Lorraine, Orlena Bottoms, Lynette Moss Bottoms, and Jeri Rich Bottoms; one great-grandson, Gavin Taylor; and four brothers, Earl Bottoms, Odell Bottoms, Joe Bottoms, and Durwood Bottoms.
The family requests memorials be made to The Collings Foundation, P.O. Box 248, Stow, MA 01775 or online at www.collingsfoundation.org.
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