William “Billy” Freeman Potts Jr., 91, of Crestwood, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.
He was born March 2, 1930, to Bessie and Willie Potts. He married his high school sweetheart, Bette Purcell, on April 21, 1950, at Crestwood United Methodist Church. They were active church members for decades, with Bette singing in the choir and Billy serving as an usher. Billy loved to greet people at church with a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
At age 10, Billy started working in the family business, Minish & Potts, and his career spanned 70 years. For decades, Billy volunteered for South Oldham Fire & Rescue as a firefighter and EMT and later a board member. He also served on the Oldham Co. Planning & Zoning Commission.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Billy and Bette were married 69 years and always held hands. They enjoyed square dancing with the Oldham Hoppers and La Grange Twirlers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette; his parents; brothers, Lawrence, J.C., Russell, and Joe; sisters, Dorothy "Dot" King, Hazel Trummer and Willean Hundley; daughter-in-law, Becky Potts; and son-in-law, Dave Evans.
Survivors include his children, Mary Evans, Bill Potts (Bobbie Stoess) and Linda (Dave) Holder; grandchildren, Kristin Walker, Ridge Hovious, Greg Evans, Emily Holder, Tayler Potts, Trafton Holder, and Madison Rogers; siblings, Martha Long, Andy Potts, and Mary Anna (Faye) Stepp; and great-grandchildren, Lorelai, Nyxen, Teague, Ryan, Addison, Levi, Sophia, and Brandt.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crestwood UMC. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Monday at Stoess Funeral Home. Burial at Flordsburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may go to Crestwood UMC or South Oldham Fire & Rescue to benefit the Crusade for Children.
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