1923 - 2016 Roy Dixon Shotts, age 93, of Dallas, passed away on October 7, 2016. He was born on March 30, 1923, in Cuero, Texas to the late Roy Dixon Shotts and Mary Stennis Shotts. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1938 at the age of 15. During World War II he served in the U. S. Army's newly formed Army Air Corps. In 1945 he moved to Beaumont, Texas, where he became an announcer at KRIC radio station. Two years later he helped begin KTRM radio where he worked for 14 years, first as an announcer and then as general manager. In 1959 he joined KJAC-TV in Port Arthur as sales manager and soon afterwards became president and general manager. He served in that position until his retirement in 1988. He was active in his community in many different positions. He was a director of the First National Bank of Port Arthur, president of the CavOILcade board, director of the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of the Hughen School. He served on the board of directors of United Appeals, the American Cancer Society, and Goodwill Industries. He was president of the Beaumont Kiwanis Club and president of the Port Arthur Rotary Club. Additionally, he was active in Trinity Methodist Church of Beaumont and Methodist Temple of Port Arthur. Roy was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Clarella Shotts Enlow and Maurice Shotts Smith, as well as by his brothers, Billy Shotts and Bobby Shotts. He is survived by his wife Dorthell Parish Shotts and his daughters and their husbands, Karen Shotts Neal and Hoyt Neal, Carlaine Shotts Blizzard and Richard Blizzard, and Candy Shotts Hunt and Ed Hunt. He is also survived by his grand children Meghan Blizzard Deibel, Bindi Blizzard Nielsen and Glenn Nielsen, Sean and Emily Neal, and Jeremy and April Neal. His great grand children are Roby Deibel, Cate Deibel, Harper Neal, Paxton Neal, Tristan Butler, Keegan Butler, and Nigel Nielsen. A memorial service with military honors will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 7990 George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, Texas 75252. Those wishing to send condolences or sign the online guestbook may do so at teddickeywestfuneral.com
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 12, 2016