Born June 17, 1928, in Utica, N.Y., he was the son of Claude and Mary Shotts.
He was a graduate of Sherwood High School. He joined the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department in 1956 and remained a member until his death. In addition, he was an honorary member of the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department in Silver Spring.
From 1968 until his retirement in 1992, he worked for Motorola Communications and Electronics as an electrical engineer and project manager.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jocelyn Woodward Shotts; two sons, William E. Shotts Jr. and Terrell D. Shotts; and four grandchildren.
A Quaker memorial service will be held Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting, 17715 Meeting House Road in Sandy Spring.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 151, Olney, MD 20830-0151.
Griffin Funeral Service in Pittsboro, N.C., handled arrangements.