Mr. Luther Eugene Potts, age 83, of Columbia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 15, 2017 at Maury Regional Medical Center.
Luther was born on June 4, 1933 in Maury County, Tennessee to James Vance Potts and Fannie Bell Massey Potts. He served honorably in the United States Army. He married Lucy Derryberry on June 5, 1954 and they had 62 wonderful years together. He was a wonderful family man and in their eyes, no one could ask for a better husband, father and grandfather. Luther was also a God loving and God fearing man. He put his faith into action in his daily life and worshipped at Pleasant Heights Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon. He was a man of his word and you always knew if Luther said it, you could “take it to the bank.”
He was also interested in Tennessee Walking Horses, and attended and supported the Walking Horse Celebration for over 53 years. He was a former member of the Maury County Horsemen’s Association. He also was a hard-working man having enjoyed two careers in his lifetime. He was retired as a supervisor from Occidental Chemical Company for thirty-eight years. After retirement, he owned Lewisburg Garden Center and Landscaping for 19 years. Whether working, playing, spending time with his family or worshipping the Lord, Luther always enjoyed the life he lived.
Luther is survived by his loving wife: Lucy Potts of Columbia; children: Yolanda (Terry) Dial of Columbia, Tennessee, Yvonne (Alex) Cortner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Bryan (Amy) Potts of Lewisburg, Tennessee; 7 grandchildren: Callaway (Ashley) Dial, Ashley Jones, Russell (Samantha) Dial, Richard (Caitlyn) Jones, Chase Cortner, Brandy (Dane) Hargrove and Chad (Rebekah) Cortner; siblings: Pearl Boshers and Darrell (Melissa) Potts; sister-in-law: Joyce Potts; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Fannie Bell Potts; brother: John Wayne “Bubba” Potts; brother-in-law: Robert L. “Jerry” Boshers; and nephew: Randy Boshers.
Funeral services for Mr. Potts will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Heights Baptist Church in Columbia, TN with Rev. Bob Vassar and Rev. Steve Murphree officiating. Burial will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia and again 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at Pleasant Heights.
Family will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be past and present members of Pleasant Heights Baptist Church, Mr. and Mrs. Allen McCanless, Mr. Charles Tisher, Bobby Chance, Joe Newton, Marlin Church, Tom Segall, Joe McCormick and Bro. Ezell Rose.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Pleasant Heights Baptist Church, 2712 Trotwood Ave., Columbia, TN 38401.
Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.williamsfh.com.