Woodrow Mott, 94, of Elizabethtown, IL passed peacefully at 3:00 a.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at Hardin County General Hospital, Rosiclare, IL. He was born on April 10, 1923 in Elizabethtown to the late Wiley and Nellie Banks Mott. Surviving are his daughters, Mary Ann (Bill) Bebout of Rosiclare and Lynda (Bob) Schutt of Elizabethtown; granddaughter Kim (Mike) Hermann of Decatur, IL; grandsons, Heath (Rosilyn) Schutt of Shelbyville, IL; Jared (Angie) Schutt of Corydon, KY; Kyle (Andrea) Bebout of Rosiclare, IL; six great-grandchildren, Chris and Caleb Hermann, Kyleigh and Walker Bebout, and Brook and Briley Schutt. He is also survived by several nieces; nephews; friends; neighbors; and special friends, Thelma Austin, Kasi Austin, and Jackie Dutton.
On June 5, 1943, Woodrow married his childhood sweetheart, Wilma Reed. She preceded him in death in April 1987. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Nellie Mott; brothers, John Mott and Tom Mott; sisters, Eula Mae Ledbetter, Geneva Ralph, Wanda Flynn; and two sisters, Beulah and Verbie, who died in early childhood.
As a youngster, he spent 3 1/2 years in St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he was cared for and learned to make friends.
Woodrow began his career underground at Hillside Mines in 1942 at the age of 19. Then he went on to work at the Ozark-Mahoning mill for 37 years, where he was well known as an excellent heavy equipment operator. All those who he worked with loved and respected his work ethics, his honesty, and that he was someone who was always ready to lend a helping hand.
Woodrow was saved in 1950 at Keeling Hill Church. He was ordained as a Deacon at the General Baptist Church of Elizabethtown in September 1983. He joined the First Baptist Church of Elizabethtown in 1997, and still attended services regularly until his passing.
Woody made lifelong friends with all who knew him at the restaurants, banks, Golden Circle, and local businesses. Everyone went out of their way to help him along in life. Woody will be missed by all who knew and loved him so much.
Hardin County Funeral Service will be in charge of arrangements. A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. Visitation will be held from 11:30 until time of service on Sunday at the church. Burial will follow at Empire Cemetery. Rev. Ed Laffery will officiate services.