The loss of a co-worker is saddening, the loss of a friend is devastating, and the loss of a loved one is, at best, unbearable. Those are all feeling that were displayed by many, many people on Saturday. I attended Marsha (Garmon) Potts’ funeral service that morning and even though it was sad to know that I
won’t get to see someone for a while who was like family to me, I also had a joy in my heart for Marsha. I know that she had fought a long, hard battle with cancer and she was now enjoying a new heavenly body with her Lord and Savior.
The services began at 10 a.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home. Mr. Mark Stubbs, chief executive officer at Farmers Electric Cooperative, gave a very fitting tribute which depicted Marsha’s tenure as a FEC employee. He relayed memories shared by some of the employees that had worked with Marsha over the years and told about her successful climb from being one of the first female meter readers at Farmers to being the Manager of the Customer Service Department. Brother Wayne Darty, pastor of County Line Baptist Church, also told of many good memories he had made with the Garmon family over the years. Finally, Marsha’s cousin, Rev. Lanny Bridges concluded the service with his memories and the reading of a few scriptures. A life well lived was one of the underlying points made while honoring Marsha’s memory. This was evident by the standing-room-only crowd that was at the funeral and the mass of people who gathered for the graveside service.
Marsha Ann (Garmon) Potts was born in Greenville, Texas, on June 25, 1950, the daughter of Paul Woodrow Garmon Sr. and Sarah June (Ross) Garmon. Growing up in the Garmon and Ross families of course Marsha enjoyed singing. She has told me many times about June teaching them how to sing while riding in the car, to and from church services. She accepted Christ into her heart at a young age while attending the Miller Grove Presbyterian Church. Later she became a member of County Line Baptist Church.
Marsha attended school at Miller Grove, graduating in 1968 as salutatorian of her senior class. She was always active in school events. While in high school she played sports and was active in Beta Club and other organizations, and was voted as class favorite or a school favorite periodically. Once Lewis Watts told me that Marsha was the best student he had in driver’s education class. After graduating she was always a strong supporter of Miller Grove School and she would always want to keep up with community events and happenings when we would visit at work. I was privileged to be able to work with her this past year. We had many good times and shared lots of laughs. There were days when Marsha would come to work even though we knew she didn’t feel up to working but she would always look her best and give every effort to come and do what she needed to do.
To our disbelief, her cancer had progressed to a terminal stage and on Tuesday, July 29, Marsha went home to be with the Lord. Burial took place Saturday in Miller Grove Cemetery. Marsha left two sons and one daughter, Bradley Potts, Brian Potts and Lori (Potts) McCollough; her mother, June Garmon; two brothers, Woody and Russ Garmon; and five grandchildren — who she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Garmon. Marsha was a friend to all who knew her and will forever be an inspiration to me.
Happy birthday to C.L. “Butch” Hall and Abby Darrow on Aug. 4, John Derrick Wilbur on Aug. 5 and Ryan Claxton on Aug. 6.
Happy fourth anniversary to Clay and Dichele Smith on Aug. 7.
I recently contacted the Texas Historical Commission about when they would have the text for the County Line School historical marker ready. The lady that I corresponded with said that County Line’s marker was the next in line to have the text written. I am hoping we will be able to have the marker in hand by Thanksgiving.
It is now time to file to run for school board. There are three trustees’ terms that will be up for renewal this year. If anyone is interested you may contact the school at 903-459-3288. I have thought for some time about running for school board myself.
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