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Wesley Max Potts, 80 and a resident of Fredricksburg, Missouri, passed away on January 4, 2016 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Wesley was born on May 25, 1936 in Freedom, Oklahoma to Wilbur and Velma Potts. Wesley grew up and lived most of his life in the Woodward area where is family was known for their carpentry and music skills. Wesley worked with his father in construction, but was a musician by heart and nature. At the age of seven, Wes played steel guitar in his father’s dance band, playing country school dances almost every Saturday night. From there he started his own band in high school, choosing to play the bass instead because he found it easier to sing and play. He graduated Woodward High School in 1954 and began college at Oklahoma State University but his love of music called him away when he met Glen Campbell, Billy Gray and Ray Price. While working for those artists, he opened and backed such artists as Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Wes also recorded his own solo album, Bigger Man than Me, that hit number two on the charts in 1970, and several other albums throughout his career. He continued to play music throughout his life, both locally and in Fredericksburg, Mo., where he lived his last years with his wife, Bonnie Wright-Potts. Wes is survived by his wife Bonnie; his children: Cynthia Potts, Marc Potts, Justin Potts, Gretchen Potts and Danielle Welling; his brother Wyman Potts and his grandchildren Brandon Jones, Kennedy Jones and Lylia Welling. “My greatest memories of my dad are of him playing and singing to me on the front porch of our home. I will miss his voice and his wickedly funny sense of humor.” - Gretchen Potts. “My dad had a larger than life personality and everyone loved to see him smile. I guess you could say he was a bit of a charmer. My most favorite memories of my father are when we were alone and he would say, ‘I am proud of you son.’” - Justin Potts.
Published on  February 15, 2016
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