James Larry “Dude” “Jas” Potts, 80, of Statesville, N.C., died Friday, June 4, 2021, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Born in Iredell County on March 14, 1941, he was a son of the late James Lee Potts and Audrey Cain Potts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Holbrook.

Mr. Potts was a retired Statesville Firefighter and spent time working at M & M Tack Shop, J. C. Penny Warehouse, and was an avid horseman. He also helped Cline’s Floats, enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, playing bluegrass music, golf, hunting, fishing, and camping, and he had a classic 1955 Chevy. He truly enjoyed life.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wanda Gregory Potts; a son, Dale Potts (Pam); a daughter, Michelle “Shelly” Carpenter (Todd); a brother, Craig Potts (Kathy); and a sister, Judy Mitera (Jerry). Also surviving are two grandchildren, Katie Potts and Jake Carpenter; and two step grandchildren, Dusty and Chase Gatton; and a yet to be born great grandchild to be named Wren Carpenter.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Beau Mills and Rev. Roger Krider officiating. All firefighters in attendance will serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends Monday evening at Nicholson Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m.

Condolences may be sent online to the family to www.nicholsonfunerals.com. Memorials may be given to Fellowship Baptist Church, 2306 Buffalo Shoals Road, Statesville, NC 28677.

Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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