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Richard Earl Bott

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Richard Earl Bott – known affectionately as “Rich, Dick or Dickie,” to his family and friends – passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, at 71 years of age. He was a resident of Arcadia, Fla., at the time of his death. He died of complications of his treatment for lung cancer.

He was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Louisville. His parents were H. Earl Bott and Edith Pulliam Bott.  Schools he attended in Louisville were St. Frances Rome Elementary, Barrett Junior High, Atherton High and he graduated from Eastern High School in 1958.  He obtained Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville, graduating in 1977. He was a member of the Kentucky and Florida bar associations and practiced civil law in Naples, Fla.

He retired from law in 1988 to pursue his lifelong interests in music and art. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a musician. He was a member of several bands including Cosmo and The Counts, Pontius and The Pilates, Beargrass Bluegrass, Sleepy Hollow Bluegrass and Cloverleaf. At the time of his death, he was playing in Florida with Southwind Bluegrass. He was a founding member of the Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association and a member of Heartland Bluegrass Association.

He enjoyed performing for live audiences and shared his humor and wit in stories and comedy, as well as his virtuosity in acoustic guitar and resophonic guitar (Dobro), as well as other instruments. His recent published CDs include “Cloverleaf Live in Mountain View, Arkansas” and “Close to Home.”  He also did session work and produced CDs for other musicians.

His interests and achievements in art included landscape and portrait painting, line drawings, computer graphics and web page designs. His collective art and music works will be published in an online gallery by his son, Richard Bott Jr. “Richie,” by mid-summer 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Elaine McCullum Bott of Arcadia; one son, Richard Earl Bott Jr. of Los Angeles; one sister, Susan Bott Walther (Clarence) of Seymour, Ind.; and his uncle, the Rev. James B. Lewis of Louisville. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith Pulliam Bott of Louisville and Earl Bott of Naples.

A graveside service was Saturday, March 31, at St. Clare Cemetery in Colesburg with the Rev. Clarence Walther Jr. officiating. 

A memorial service, celebrating his life and music, was Monday, April 2, at Westport Road Baptist Church in Louisville with his uncle, the Rev. James B. Lewis officiating.

For additional information, please contact his son, Richie, at (323) 909-4017.