Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights St, Hot Springs, AR


Bertram "Bert" W Botter Jr

February 14, 1943August 4, 2019

Bert W. Botter Jr, 76, of Hot Springs passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019. Born on Valentine’s Day, 1943, he was the sweetheart of his late parents, Bert and Leota Dupy Botter. His childhood was spent in Houston, Texas when “bless your heart” and going to church were said and done with sincerity. As an adult, he attended and eventually organized weekly Bible studies. Bert wanted very much to share his hope and faith.

In Hot Springs, Bert was known as a business man and owner of Central Bowling Lanes. As an avid bowler and advocate for youth, he became the champion to many children and teens by providing sporting opportunities for everyone including the disenfranchised and differently-abled.

Bert loved travelling, fishing, and calling the hogs! But his greatest love was his wife of 37 years, Judith Grant Botter; his children Stephen Botter, Brian Botter, Joey Botter, William Pike, and Alan Pike; his grandchildren Sydney, Christian, Benjamin, and Sophie Botter; and more friends than any man should be allowed to have.

We will celebrate Bert’s life 10:00 AM, Friday August 16, 2019 in the chapel of Gross Funeral Home with Dr. Martien Carroll officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The online obituary, guestbook and memorial tribute are available at www.GrossFuneralHome.com.


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2019


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Jim & Terri Mcguiggan

August 16, 2019

Our hearts and prayers go to Steve and family at this time of grief and loss. Bert will be missed.

Phillip Curlee

August 16, 2019

We are thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time. May God Bless and comfort you as only he can.
Our sincerest condolences,
Phillip Curlee

Lou HIll

August 15, 2019

I will always remember Bert as a very dedicated man to youth bowling. I first met him when I served on the Arkansas State Youth Association Board, and that was many years ago. He was a dear friend and always willing to help in any way that he could. He will be greatly missed in the bowling community and other endeavors he participated in. He was a friend to all. Best regards to his family and know one day we will meet again.
Lou Hill

Rick Rowland

August 15, 2019

Mere words can't express the sorrow I felt when I heard of Bert's passing. He and I had been friends since 1962, when I was just 6 years old. He and his dad introduced me to the game and taught me how to bowl.

More than anything, he was a true Christian. When I would go over to the house and fix a computer problem that he or Judith were having, I would see about 6 Bibles laid out across the dining room table. He lived what he studied. Another word that comes to mind is fair. When having to make decisions, he would weigh the facts and was always fair.

Never to be one who liked the spotlight, he really didn't want an award to be given out at the state youth championships in honor of him. But, the board voted to do so and it is still given out each year.

He and his dad built an awesome youth program. Many of my memories are from there because I grew up there. My first job was there. And I spent August 2007-February 2013 working in marketing and managerial positions.

Central Lanes has never been the same since 2013 and it will never be. If you bowl on a high school bowling team, Bert was instrumental in founding it and moving it from a club sport to a letterman sport.

There have been so many, many memories that I could write a novel. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring comfort, peace, strength and courage to the family. He's finally home and I think that's exactly where he wants to be.

Cathy Bridgeman

August 11, 2019

I worked for this amazing man for 16 years and was honored to call Bert and Judith my friends as well as my employers.So many wonderful memories flood my heart.The hard work that Bert put into our young people.From the junior leagues to high school bowling and all the things He did for the community.He will be missed by so many but his memory will live on through all of the people who "grew up" at Central Bowling Lanes.My Deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.Rest in peace my dear friend.