Vernon Earl Potter was born in Cross Plains, TX, near Abilene, on January 14, 1929, to John Henry Potter of Rockwall, TX and his wife, Eunice Waller Potter. Vernon died on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, almost attaining the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Maxine; his son Byron Potter and wife Debi of Midlothian TX; his daughter Pam and husband John Badertscher of Hideaway, TX; and his daughter Carla Knott of Arlington, TX. Vernon had 11 grandchildren and 10 (almost 11) great grandchildren. He is also survived by his oldest brother Leon Potter of Fullerton, CA, and his sister-in-law Betty Potter Englishbee and husband Paul of Encinitas, CA. He was preceded in death by his mother Eunice and dad John Potter; his youngest brother Otis Potter; his sister-in-law Mildred Potter; and his great-granddaughter Emerson Hill.
God’s servants – Bill Williams and Burney Fuller - came walking into their little community in 1930 and preached the gospel in the small Cross Plains schoolhouse. These servants’ message of the gospel changed their lives and brought joy to a home where there had been little to cheer. Vernon began walking in God’s way at the age of 11. His spiritual life was very important to him. Maxine made her choice to follow Jesus in the way before they were married.
The family moved to Waco in about 1946 to allow his dad John to receive cancer treatments. Vernon was graduated from Waco High School and went to work at William Cameron Co. after spending a few months managing a restaurant in Waco. Vernon married Maxine in 1949, and shortly after that was transferred to William Cameron’s Dallas office. Their son Byron was born in 1951, Pam in 1954 and Carla in 1960. In 1955 Mr. Bob “JR” Byford invited Vernon to help start a new building material distribution company in Dallas. Vernon accepted the offer and Dallas Wholesale Builders Supply was born. Dallas Wholesale has been a successful family business now for 61 years.
Vernon leaves a legacy of hard work and honest dealings. The greatest gifts he leaves his family are his love; his enduring marriage to Maxine; and his acceptance of the truth of God as a child, continuing in his profession to the end of his life. We will miss him dearly!
Funeral Service on Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:00 AM at DoubleTree Campbell Centre’ Ballroom, 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75206 with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.