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Lavern “Shorty” Stott, 84, of Memphis died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. He was born the son of Laurence and Opal (Echelberger) Stott on June 15, 1928 in rural Scotland County. Lavern married the former Alta Mitten on July 23, 1949 in Medill. She preceded him in death on September 6, 1998. The Stotts farmed and raised their family in Scotland County. They bought their farm in 1959, and farming was his life. Lavern strongly believed in hard work, and was very proud of his farm with his registered Angus cattle and horses. He had hoped to live long enough to see the house turn 100 years old in 2017. But he also lived life to the fullest. The Stotts enjoyed square dancing and watching basketball games. Family was very important to him, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He tried to attend as many of their activities as possible, be it hockey, basketball, football or other functions. Lavern enjoyed traveling, visiting much of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother, Donald Stott; a sister, Neva Cain; and a sister-in-law, Leta Mae Stinnett. He is survived by his son, Clifton and wife Reta Stott of Scotland County; daughters, Cathy and husband Mike Farris of Greentop, Beverly and husband Paul Ayres of Prior Lake, MN, and Carla and husband Royce Cook of Memphis; a brother, Leland and wife Marjorie Stott of St. Charles, IA; a brother-in-law, Carl and wife Lois Mitten of Houston, TX; grandchildren Corey, Travis, and Kirk Stott, Jody, Chad, Pete and Brad Farris, David, Brett, and Shane Ayres, Shayla Lowe, Brenna Poe and Kaela Cook; great grandchildren, Jacob, Kylee, Layne, Levi, Mya and Ava Stott, Kaitlyn, Brady, Jenna, Justin, Ryan, Hannah, Kayden and Brogen Farris, Zoe, Dylan and Riley Ayres, Porter Lowe, and Triston Poe; a special friend, Joann Rood of Memphis. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 26 at the Memphis First Christian Church with Seth Wortman officiating. Shorty’s grandchildren – Corey, Travis, and Kirk Stott, Jody, Chad, Pete and Brad Farris, David, Brett and Shayne Ayres, Shayla Lowe, Brenna Poe and Kaela Cook were his pallbearers. His 19 great grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Lucretia and Rick Hesse performed How Great Thou Art. Angela Westhoff and Lucretia led the congregation in signing In The Garden and Standing On The Promise. Burial was in the Prairie View Cemetery. Visitation is prior to the service on Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Scotland County Hospital and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.