Rufus Lott

Rufus Burnell Lott, age 98, known as Burnell or R.B., passed away and went to be with his heavenly Father on November 14, 2020. He was born on January 26, 1922 to Adolphus Absalom Lott and Mary Lou Hinton Lott in the Big Level community of Stone County, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lona Loriece Wallace Lott; brother Otis Reynolds (Punk) Lott; and sisters Ruby Lee Lott Winters and Anna Lois Lott Hinton. He and Loriece were happily married almost 60 years before her death in 2002.

He is survived by his second wife of 18 years, Evelyn Dawkins Knotts Lott; his four sons, Wallace Burnell (Myrtle) Lott; Michael Howard (Nina) Lott; Jerry Lynn (Robin) Lott; and Kenneth Joel (Jackie) Lott; sister-in-law Odell Lott Stephens; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren plus 3 step-children, and many step-grandchildren/great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. He was blessed to have numerous nieces and nephews. He was Dad, Pop, PawPaw, Papa Burnell, and Uncle and deeply loved by all.

Burnell was a very active member of Paramount Baptist Church for many years. If the church was open, he was there. He served as a deacon for 60 plus years. In his earlier years, he was the treasurer and also assisted Loriece with the young children in Sunday School.

Burnell was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran and served from 1943 to 1946. As a Sergeant, he was the flight crew chief on a C-147, whose mission was to fly priority freight from Biggs Field in El Paso all over the United States. He earned several military awards.

In his first job as a teenager, he made the princely sum of fifty cents a day to shovel gravel into a truck. After the war, he worked for International Tractor as tractor mechanic and service manager; next as service manager for a Ford dealership; then as service manager at Star Chevrolet for 16 years. He later successfully sold insurance for Moore Funeral Home for 10 years before retiring in 1986. With Moore, he earned several awards, including cruises to the Bahamas and trips to New Orleans, Disney World, Las Vegas, and other places. Burnell was very active in the Rotary Organization for approximately 38 years and served as Treasurer at one time.

Burnell and Loriece and then Burnell and Evelyn enjoyed traveling in their RV and going on cruises. Burnell was proud to say that he had been in all 50 states and also Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and other islands in The Caribbean.

Graveside Service was held at Paramount Baptist Church on November 17, 2020. Pastor Dennis Knight officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories may be shared at www.moorefuneralservices.com

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