Billy Ray Potts, 85, of Chouteau, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at his home. He was born on July 29, 1937 in Pryor, Oklahoma; the son of Earl and Mary (Holt) Potts. He married the love of his life, Eva Potts, on December 23, 1955, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage until her passing in 2020. Billy worked as a Crane Operator for the Operating Engineers Local 683 and retired after 54 years. Billy had a love for Brahman Bulls and watching rodeos. He always looked forward to Sunday and Wednesday night rodeos on television. He leaves behind many memories for his family to cherish.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2022 in the Shipman’s Funeral Home chapel in Pryor with Chaplain Joel Powell officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery with Jason Crane, Colby Crane, Gage Crane, Allen Potts, Michael Potts, and Stanton Potts serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Tommy Scott, Kevin Philbin, and Jerry Philbin. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Shipman’s Funeral Home. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Billy is survived by his son, Ronnie Potts and wife Anita of Pryor, Oklahoma; daughter, Annette Crane and husband Pete of Inola, Oklahoma; sister, Glenda Rush and husband Jim of Pryor, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren, Jason, Wendi, Colby, Cali, Michael and Allen; 13 great grandchildren; his dogs (aka) special babies, Sister and Erica; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Potts, wife, Eva Potts, and grandson, Pistal Crane.