Leroy Potts, age 82, of Emory, passed away on Saturday, August 5th, at his home in Emory with his children by his side. Leroy was born July 14, 1941 in Emory, Texas to Walter & Gladys Dougherty Potts.
Leroy began his journey Home on the same day his wife of 60 years, Carolyn Potts, left his side for her Heavenly home a year prior. Leroy and Carolyn married August 4, 1962 in Emory. Leroy attended Emory High School, and just short of his college degree, he and Carolyn established Potts Gas Company in November of 1968. He made his start in the gas business with one gas truck and a phone line that rang at his cousin Henry’s feed store. Leroy spent many years coaching t-ball, baseball & basketball for his children and attending countless sporting events for his children and grandchildren. He loved to hunt and fish, never missing the annual quail hunting trip to South Texas and the annual fishing trip on the Sabine River.
Leroy is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Melton Potts; parents Walter Aaron Potts and Gladys Dougherty Potts; and brother, Walter Lee Potts, Jr.
He is survived by Son Brennan Potts & wife, Michele of Emory; Daughter Melanie Potts Baker & husband, Joel, of Tyler; Brother-in-law Wayne Melton & wife Jeanette, of Emory; and the seven loves of his life, his grandchildren, Weston Potts & wife Lexie, Cortney Lynn & husband Dan, Collin Eenigenburg, Kennedy Potts, Coleman Baker, Mallory Baker, and Griffin Baker; three great-grandchildren, Blakeleigh Potts, Blaire Lynn and William Lynn. And for the past 4 years, his loving caretakers Millie Crews, Sonia Broils and Marissa Spinks, who loved and cared for him as family.
A celebration of Leroy’s life and reunion with his lifelong love, will be held Tuesday, August 8th at 11:00 am, at Emory Baptist Church with Bro. Richard Piles officiating. Family visitation to begin at 10:00 am prior to the service