James Franklyn Potter passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, with choir will be held at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen music fund or the building fund. James was born May 29, 1928, to Franklin and Marguerite in Jackson, Miss. He attended schools in South Orange, N.J., and Yale University
where he received a degree in chemical engineering. He enrolled in the MBA program at Columbia University School of Business. This course was interrupted by his service in the Navy during the Korean War
. He graduated from OCS at Newport, R.I., and served aboard the USS Manatee, a tanker, as liquid cargo officer, damage control and firefighting officer. He attended courses for these at Treasure Island and Pearl Harbor and received commendations for excellence from both. He married Shirley during this service and they moved to New York where he completed his MBA degree. He was elected to the honorary fraternity. He started his career in petrochemicals at Esso Standard Oil in various locations. Other work took him to Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. On retiring from Borg Warner Chemicals, he came to Fort Worth to join the Western Co. as its purchasing director until the company moved. He was an avid sports fan, adopting the Yankees as his team when he was 6 and saw no reason to change. He was an outstanding bridge player and taught beginner and intermediate courses for Tarrant County College in the continuing and senior education programs. He had a great sense of humor and never ran out of jokes. He was a member of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church and served in the choir. He was predeceased by his son, James Randolph, in 2012. Survivors: Wife, Shirley; daughter, Marguerite Patterson and her husband, Jim, of Phoenix; and daughter Valerie, her husband, Chris Paul, and grandson, William Potter Paul, of Albuquerque.