On Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, my husband, Oscar Bothwell, was taken to the hospital by Blount EMS suffering from symptoms caused by COVID-19. I was sure in my heart that he would be coming back home to me because he was a healthy man with no underlying conditions. Most days you’d find him outside gardening, cooking, or patronizing in town. He battled COVID-19 for 25 days at St. Vincent’s East Medical Center and passed in the evening Sept. 7, 2020.
Here I am today, heartbroken and feeling lost without my husband. Losing Oscar to a disease that seemed distant has been a wake-up call for our family to follow the CDC guidelines and rules to protect ourselves and stay safe. Our family sincerely appreciates all of you for the acts of kindness, love, and thoughfulness shown during the illness and transitioning of our loved one.
Oscar Lee Bothwell
Oscar Lee Bothwell was born Jan. 25, 1962, to the late Leonard Bothwell Sr. and Willie Mae Woods Bothwell. An Ashville, Ala., native, Oscar attended St. Clair County Schools and, early in life, united with Overcoming Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a loyal and faithful employee with Anniston Army Depot for 24 years and served with the Alabama National Guard for 20 years, receiving an honorable discharge.
His love for cooking, along with his magnetic, jovial spirit, propelled him into business. Around Independence Day 1999, he started O’ So Good Bar-B-Que from a trailer in his front yard. Word quickly spread about the excellent food and prompt service. In 2003, he was blessed to construct a first-class restaurant in his hometown of Oneonta. Oscar’s love for people and desire to serve remained at the forefront of all that he did. Whether cooking or gardening, at the core of all he did was cleanliness, order, and excellent presentation.
He was preceded in death by siblings Henry Bothwell, Leon Bothwell, Betty Bothwell, and Hazel Looney.
Memories linger with his loving wife of 36 years Beverly Staton Bothwell; children Miesha (Steve Jr.) Spann and Jeremy James Staton; siblings Carolyn (Jerry, deceased) Polk, Mary (Reuben, deceased) Evans, Wanda Looney, Dorothy Phillips (Curtis Jr.) Leonard, Clarence (Bridget) Bothwell, and Edward Bothwell; grandchildren Makayla Bree Head, Skylyn Spann, Steve Spann III; sisters-in-law Shirley (Rufus) Tolbert, Rosemary Bothwell; brother-in-law James (Willie) Staton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and acquaintances.