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Thomas Preston (Tom) Potter

Palestine, Texas

Oct 11, 1937 – Feb 28, 2021 (Age 83)


October 11, 1937
February 28, 2021
Palestine, Texas


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Bailey & Foster Funeral Home - Palestine Chapel Obituary

Thomas Preston (Tom) Potter was born October 11, 1937, in Raymondville, TX, to Elton Ernest and Eunice McBride Potter. Bro. Potter accepted Christ as his savior as an 8-year-old boy during Vacation Bible School. He surrendered to the Gospel ministry and was licensed by Pleasanton Park Baptist Church in San Antonio after preaching his first sermon at the age of 14.

Tom Graduated High School from Harlandale High School in San Antonio in 1955, and enrolled at Howard Payne College in Brownwood, TX, where he met Martha Jane Weaver. He was ordained as a preacher in 1958 at the Bellaire Baptist Church in San Antonio. Tom and Jane were married on July 3, 1959.

Bro. Potter was a long-time pastor throughout Texas. He served churches in Brownwood, Weldon, Jefferson, Cason, Canton, Kemp, Mesquite, Dallas, Dodd City, Alvarado, Kildare, and Palestine, as well as a church in Colorado.

            Mr. Potter’ early work included that of appliance repairman in Brownwood, TX. Mr. Potter was also an educator, teaching math and social studies in Marshall, Kemp, and Rio Vista, TX and in Dennehotso, AZ, working occasionally as a bus driver. Following his retirement, Mr. Potter enjoyed substitute teaching in Alvarado and Palestine public schools until health issues forced him into retirement.

            He served several years on the City Council of Alvarado, TX, and acted as a volunteer chaplain for the Brownwood Fire Department, the DFW airport, and the Alvarado Police Department.

            Mr. Potter is survived by his wife of 62 years; four children: Wm. Arthur & Karen Potter of Houston, TX, Rachel & Jonathan Thigpen of Palestine, TX, Benjamin & Hannah Potter of Palestine, TX, and Andrew & Jeannette Potter of Abilene, TX; ten grandchildren: Amanda & Joe Mellor of Culver, IN, Stephen & Jenny Potter of Garland, TX, Tommy Thigpen of Palestine, TX, Beckah & Joshua Farrow of Abilene, TX, Virginia & Jason McLain of Palestine, TX, and Joanna Potter, Curtis Potter, Catherine Potter, Ryan Potter, and Esther Potter all of Palestine, TX; and four great-grandchildren: Analeigh Mellor, Kayleigh Mellor, and Winston Mellor of Culver, IN, and Emilee Farrow of Abilene, TX; and siblings Keith & Helen Potter of Cibolo, TX, and Eilene Mayberry of Forney, TX.

            He is preceded in death by his parents and one great-granddaughter Elizabeth Farrow.

            The family will celebrate Tom’s homegoing with a visitation at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine on Thursday March 4, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. and a memorial service at Harmony Baptist Church, 8848 FM 645, Palestine at 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 5, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to Buckner Baptist Children’s services or to the Harmony Baptist Church.

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My heart is broken to just now hear this. I loved this man with all of my heart and soul. He was my mentor, my teacher, my adopted father. He was my pastor and he was the one who preached all of my families funerals. Most of all he was my friend. He gave me the name Pitter Pat that stuck always with me. The memories last forever. To Jane and kids, I love you one and all. I would have been there had I had known. God Bless

I'm very glad that it was my privilege to know Bro. Potter. He was very friendly and was willing to help anyone. May God bless Mrs. Potter, his children, and the rest of the family during this time. I thank the Lord for his life and his service to our Lord Jesus. Mark Rogers, Concord Baptist Church

Remembering your family with love and prayers ---Randy and Mary Ann Brock

To Jane and family: I am so sorry for you loss! Tom was a special person. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

God bless this family.....praying for the family.....I remember this Pastor ....he was one of the pastor of a church I attend when I was growing up....he was an amazing and husband in the presence of our Lord.