Malcolm Rice Oatts, 90, of Hopkinsville passed away Monday, January 9, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 13, 2023, at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home with burial to follow in New Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home on Friday, January 13, 2023, from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family to handle the arrangements.
Mr. Oatts was born on January 29, 1932, in Christian County to the late Arvil T and Nell West Oatts. Malcolm loved life. He loved family, friends, farming, and faith. He was a well-known, dedicated farmer. He also was a milkman for Model Pure Milk, a farm equipment salesman, and a member of the Fort Campbell Restoration Advisory Board for 15 years, all while farming. Mr. Oatts was a lifelong learner demonstrated by over 50 years in agriculture classes from Christian County Vocational Agriculture. His progressive spirit and hard work were evidenced year after year by receiving many regional and national awards in crop production, no-till farming, and conservation, such as, the 1992 Conservation Farm Award, 2010 Conservation Legacy Awards - South Region Winner, and the 2011 HCC Farmer of the Year Award, and many regional 1st place production awards in wheat, soybeans and corn. He was also featured in publications such as No-Till Farmer, Corn and Soybean Digest, and the Kentucky New Era.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rose Tooley-Oatts; his daughters, Sharlet Cover (Jerry) of Brentwood, TN, Sharon Halls (Tim) of Columbia, TN; his bonus daughter, Theresa Tooley Lowe (Kenneth) of Smith’s Grove, KY; his bonus son, Mike Tooley (Cindy) of Brentwood, TN; his brother, Charles Oatts (Shirley) of Hopkinsville; his sister, Barbara Oatts Smith of Hopkinsville; his nephew, Brian Oatts (Carla); his niece, Judy Smith Thomas (Mark); his grandchildren, Jacob Halls (Beth), Justin Halls, Paige Halls (Sammy Shaw), Kristen Cover Schmidt (Kramer), Brittney Hatch (Dupree), Victoria Davis (Braeden), Joe Kenneth Lowe II (Cassie), Natalie Tooley; fourteen great-grandchildren; great-nephew Jonathan Thomas, and great-nieces Macy and Lexy Oatts.
We are thankful for the full life he lived, and we will miss him greatly. We are deeply grateful for the compassionate care of his caregivers Christy Little, Pacola Colon, and Sarah Rogers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Center for Courageous Kids, 1501 Burnley Rd., Scottsville, KY 42164; Pennyroyal Hospice Inc., 220 Burley Ave., Hopkinsville, KY 42240, or Southside Church of Christ, 529 Country Club Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.