December 4, 2021
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Tommy Rue Potts

1947 – 2021

Funeral services for Tommy Rue Potts, 73, of  Brashear, were held on November 5, at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Dr. Jeff Gravens officiated and James Litzler and Rev. C.J. Duffey assisted. Interment  followed at Greenview Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Larry Nelson, Rickey Jennings, Teddy Jennings, Dale Jennings, Tim Boney, Scott Kenley, Blair Kenley and Jim E. Potts. 

Mr. Potts died on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at his residence. He was born on December 20, 1947, in Hopkins County, to James D. and Irene Gilley Potts. 

He married Sue Kenley on May 21, 1971, in Sulphur Springs. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs. In 1973, with the help and mentorship of Earl Perkins and Buel Berry, Tommy embarked on a 46-year journey in the dairy business. Tommy was regarded as an expert in picking great cows and mentored many other dairymen over the years. One of his life goals was to provide opportunities for his family. With hard work and perseverance in the dairy business, he was able to provide a good living for his family and enabled his sons to obtain college degrees. He was loved and respected by many in the community.

Mr. Potts is survived by his wife of 50 years; sons, Jim Kenley Potts and wife Michelle of San Antonio and Zach Potts and wife Stephanee of San Marcos; sisters, Dora Smith of Cumby, Margaret Sue Jennings of Dallas, and Gail Garmon and husband Woody of Miller Grove; grandchildren, Sydney Potts, Luke Potts, Emma Potts, Easton Hernandez, Kateryna Crescenzo, Alexandra Potts, Anastasiya Potts, Jadon Potts, Benjamin Potts and Jaxson Potts.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Lavon Millsap, Jimmie McGowan, Francis Nelson and Emmie Boney.

Arrangements were under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home, www.westoaksfuneralhome.com.