William Blan Bottomley, age 68 of 5071 Glade Valley Road, Ennice, NC died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at his residence. He was born March 25, 1947 in Alleghany County to the late W. Cleve and Annie Ogle Bottomley. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by two brothers, L.C. Bottomley and Bill Bottomley; six sisters, Cecil Bottomley, Gladys Bedsaul, Zenna Bedsaul Todd, Lucille Holt, Aberdeen White, Lorraine Boles. He was the patriarch of the county’s largest family farming enterprise. He and his son started Bottomley Evergreen Farms in 1990 and it grew into a sprawling operation with fields in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia as well as Nevada and Oregon. He was also one of North Carolina’s largest producers of pumpkins. In 2013, a Raleigh News and Observer article said the farm shipped 1.2 million pumpkins. He also operated a trucking company and a dairy. However, the operation had made arrangements to leave the dairy business and planned to auction their herd on September 2nd. He is survived by his wife, Martha Roten Bottomley of the home; four sons, Martin C. Bottomley and fiancé Serrena Caudill of Wilmington; Mitchell Blan Bottomley and wife Deanna Osborne Bottomley of Ennice, Tracy Bottomley and wife Amy of Ennice, Kelly Floyd Bottomley and wife Renea of Ennice; ten grandchildren, Seth Bottomley, Hunter Bottomley, Jonah Bottomley, Heath Bottomley, Luke Bottomley, Matthew Bottomley, Kellen Bottomley, Connor Bottomley, Abigail Bottomley, Isabella Bottomley; four brothers, Bobby Bottomley and wife JoAnn of Ennice, Ben Bottomley and wife Gail of Sparta, Junior Bottomley and wife Carol of Glade Valley, Dennis Bottomley and wife Sandra of Ennice; two sisters, Cora Sue Brown of N. Wilkesboro, Gencie Finney of Sparta; several nieces and nephews also survive.
This website is dedicated to our father and friend Blan Bottomley
If you spent a day with the Bottomley family you would understand the passion they have for farming. The entire family is involved with the success and of the company. Mitchell; a true visionary, directs the companies course from truck or tractor, you can find him in the office if it rains or snows (and barely even then) he would rather be out in the fields and running equipment. Kelly is known locally as the “whiz kid of all things pumpkin”; as a true leader in the industry he takes great pride in growing the most sought after autumn crop. Although Tracy was raised in a farming family his passion is sales and marketing, his knowledge of the produce and greenery is hands on, making it a perfect combination. Marty runs the Gresham, Oregon location which generates over 400,000 wreaths made with materials indigenous to the west coast, noble, western cedars and juniper. Martha can be found in the main office where she is locally known as one of the communities most respected, generous and cherished residence.
Back in 1980 when Mitchell Bottomley was just eight years old, he and his Grandpa, Bunk Roten, would spend hours in the basement trying evergreen garlands to earn a little extra Christmas money.
When his grandpa died ten years later, Mitchell reached back into those fond childhood memories and emerged with a booming business idea. He and his father, Blan Bottomley, started Bottomleys Evergreens & Farms, Inc. in 1990, turning what once was a cottage family business into the largest supplier of Christmas greenery in the eastern United States.
Things have grown considerably since the beginning. The farm now consists of approximately 4000 acres of Frasier Fir Christmas Trees and White Pines, 150 acres Boxwood, 275 acres of cabbage, 1600 pumpkins and 2250 acres of corn. There are 145,000 square feet of cold storage and 460,000 square feet of work area. Today Mitchell and his family continue to make this business a glowing homage to his Father and Grandpa.