Robert Wesley Potts, Sr., affectionately known as Bob Potts by his friends, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 79 years old. Bob was born on April 16, 1944, in Pulaski, Virginia to the late James R. Potts and Rose Bransfield Potts. He was the oldest of 3 boys; the late Thomas James Potts and the late William Michael Potts preceded him in death.
Bob graduated from Kaiserslautern HS in Germany, with the love of his life Sharon “Sue” Potts, while their parents were stationed in Germany. Shortly after high school, Bob and Sue were married. He then enlisted in the US Army, volunteering to go to Vietnam twice. There he flew in heavily armed experimental Chinook helicopters. His unit was called Guns A GO GO and the helicopter he flew in was called Easy Money and it is now on display at the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. While deployed to Vietnam, Bob received many medals for heroism like the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and 3 Air Medals, so whether he was on the ground, in the air or just saving other soldiers, his sense of duty made him act without thinking of his own safety in order to get the mission done. He also received the Good Conduct Medal 2 loops, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars, the Army Service ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and many more. Bob had a very distinguished 23 year career in the Army and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. Bob spent most of his military career in the 1st Cav Division flying helicopters and later maintaining them. After his retirement, Bob earned two associate degrees, then went on to work civil service at Ft. Sam Houston as a Liaison for Foreign Student Doctors in the Medical Command.
Bob most of all loved spending time with his wife Sue and his family. Bob and Sue were together 60 years and the family loved to hear stories about how they got together and never separated. He often shared this comical story while playing The Newlywed game on various cruise ships, cracking the audience up and making him and mom minor celebrities during the cruise. He and the family were stationed around the world from Hawaii to Germany, thus sparking his love to travel and experiencing different cultures. He also loved to go cruising, dancing with Sue, helping others, investing, reading, attending church and taking care of the many rescue dogs they loved throughout the years like BoBo, Benji, Bear, Missy, Pookie and finally, Ed. Ed was his last rescue pup and now Ed is in his forever home with Bob’s son Robert and his wife Wendi. Bob was a fix it guy, he was great at fixing and repairing things, whether it was a car, lawn mower or some household item, Bob could fix anything. At 75 years old he helped his son drop and replace a gas tank and fuel pump on his truck. Finally, Bob was a devout Catholic, traveling to the Vatican in 1983 and Holy Land in the early 2000’s to explore the origins of his faith.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents James R. Potts, Rose Potts; brother's Tom Potts and William Potts; Father in law Samuel E. Childress, Mother in law, Jonia Childress; daughter, Kimberly Potts; and his loving wife of 60 years, Sharon Sue Potts, who he will finally be reunited with for eternity–Dad missed Mom dearly; Bob is survived by his son, Robert W. Potts, Jr. and his wife, Wendi Potts; three grandchildren: grandson Lucas Potts and his wife, Megan Potts; granddaughter Sarah Potts; grandson Donavon Potts and his fiancé, Marissa Roman; great grandchild: Shiloh Potts; and Bob’s sister in law, Judy Stamper and her husband, Keith Stamper of North Carolina.
Until our energy meets again Dad, you were a great man and awesome father! I love you forever! I got it from here ~ Robbie
Visitation will be at Schertz Funeral Home and Crematory from 6-8 p.m., with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, with interment to follow.
Schertz Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Robert Wesley Potts, Sr.