William S. Spotts, 75, veteran, Beth Steel analyst

July 11, 2005

William Shirley Spotts, an Army veteran who served in Korea and later worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died of congestive heart failure July 4 at a hospice in Stuart, Fla. He was 75.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Spotts graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1948. During his junior year, his basketball team won the state championship and Mr. Spotts was named most valuable player.

He enlisted in the Army in 1948 and served with the 101st Airborne Division. Mr. Spotts was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

Also that year, Mr. Spotts married Anne Marie Hyde. The couple lived in Baltimore until 1968 and then in Carney until 1980, when Mr. Spotts retired to Crystal River, Fla. He and his wife moved to Stuart in 2003.

Before retiring, Mr. Spotts worked as a senior systems analyst for Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point.

Mr. Spotts loved sports and coached football, baseball and basketball for about 15 years during the 1960s and 1970s with the Parkville Recreation Program. In 1977, he became commissioner of the Baltimore Junior Ice Hockey League.

He was an avid golfer and belonged to Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club in Florida. In Maryland, he had been a member of Sparrows Point Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. July 19 at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Vallory Morrison of Stuart; two sons, Bill Spotts of Baltimore and Michael Spotts of Stuart; and six grandchildren.

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