Veteran Central Texas deputy dies after short battle with cancer

Lt. David R. Potts retired from the sheriff’s department in 2013 after 28 years of service. (Bell County Sheriff's Dept. photo)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A veteran Bell County Sheriff’s deputy who was a member of a pioneer local family, died Wednesday after a short battle with cancer.

Visitation is Friday for Lt. David R. Potts, 63, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dossman Funeral Home.

A graveside service is set at 10 a.m. Saturday at North Belton Cemetery, with Rev. Bryan Patrick officiating.

Potts, a member of the pioneer Potts family of dry goods and hardware fame in Belton, was born there in June 26, 1956, to Arthur Neale Potts Sr. and Dorothy Jane Daniel Potts.

He attended and graduated from Belton schools, graduated from Temple College and signed on as a Belton police officer, then in 1985 joined the sheriff’s department Bell County Chief Deputy Chuck Cox said.

He had a heart for public service from a young age, his obituary says.

He served as one of the first Belton Junior Firemen while still in high school as an ambulance driver, then worked for the Belton Fire Department after high school graduation as a fireman and paramedic and was once named Fireman of the Year.

He began his career in law enforcement in 1979 at the Belton Police Department.

He retired from the sheriff’s department in 2013 after 28 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Sheila, on January 9, 2019.

Survivors include two sons David Roy Potts, Jr of Troy and Arthur Daniel Potts (Chloe Potts) of Austin; two brothers Neale Potts (Debbie Potts) of Belton and Terry Potts (Andrea Potts) of Salado; three grandchildren Makenna Nicole Potts, Brody Roy Potts, and Adeline Day Potts.

Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Daniel Potts Endowed Scholarship at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.