Robert Lee ‘Bo’ Potts

Published 6:10 am Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Robert Lee “Bo” Potts, 88, of Advance, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at his home.

Bo was born on Sept. 22, 1935 in Davie County to the late Solomon Potts and Ida Hendrix Potts. He was a lifelong resident of Advance, growing up on his family’s farm. Bo was employed at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. as a machine operator, retiring after 30 years. He was a founding member of the Advance Volunteer Fire Department. Bo operated his own farm in Advance, and it was his life’s passion. He continued physical work on his farm until just under a year ago when he was no longer able due to his health, he then continued to supervise activities on the farm until shortly before his death. He enjoyed spending time tending to his farm animals, especially his cows, two donkeys and the farm’s 24-hour security guard, “Fat Cat”. He also enjoyed quail hunting and earlier in life he trained bird dogs for hunting. Bo could fix anything. He was a man of many talents and would willingly help anyone and leave his own work behind. Bo was a (mostly reluctant) world traveler, traveling to many countries with his wife Mona and his family. They had many fun (and at times harrowing) adventures, but all ended in a story that would be remembered and told in the years to come.

In addition to his parents, Bo was preceded in death by: 5 brothers; 6 sisters; several nieces and nephews; and his loving canine companion, “Tiger”.

Surviving family includes: his loving wife of 67 years, Mona Foster Potts; a daughter, Leesa Church and her husband Barron; 2 grandchildren, Stephanie Mathis and her husband Shannon and Josh Church and his wife Heather; 5 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Connor and Aubree Mathis and Sutton and Sullivan Church; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special family members, Charles and Becky Frye, Charles and Janet Spann and Ronald and Jody Howell.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at Advance First Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Francis Smith officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Davie County Hunter Education,1656 Fork Bixby Rd., Advance, NC 27006.

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