LTC Leland Wallace Potter, Jr. US Army (Retired) went to be with the one true Lord & Savior on June 24, 2019.
Lee passed away at home in Seguin at the age of 75 after a five year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Lee was born August 4, 1943 in Richmond, VA to Leland Wallace & Minnie Lee Morgan Potter. He was the oldest of their four children. His father was an Army NCO, taking the family to
Japan and many stateside postings. Lee graduated from Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville, KY in 1961. At a high school party, he met the love of his life and future wife Elizabeth Morgan. Lee lived at home and worked his way through college at the University of Richmond, where he played football his freshman year, was a member of the Glee Club, and participated in Army ROTC.
He graduated from UR in 1965 with a Bachelors degree in History & Political Science. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the US Army and assigned to the 101st Airborne. January 28th, 1967 Lee & Beth were married at Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton, KY. Lee served two tours in Vietnam, first as an advisor to the Vietnamese Army and then as a Company Commander.
After Vietnam, Lee taught ROTC in Abilene, TX at Hardin-Simmons, McMurray, & Abilene Christian. While there, he earned an MA in History from Hardin-Simmons. Lee was assigned to the 7th Group Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, NC for several years. He had an unaccompanied tour in Korea, 2 & 1/2 years at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, spent 5 years at Ft. Hood, TX, and 2 years at Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico. His last assignment was in Alexandria, VA before he retired as a Lt. Colonel in October 1989.
LTC Leland W. Potter, Jr. was a warrior and a leader. He was Airborne, an Army Ranger, Special Forces, and a skilled, but humble Infantry Officer. He earned several Bronze Stars, the Silver Star, multiple Army Commendation Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal, and many other commendations throughout his Army career. He was awarded a Purple Heart following his combat injuries in Vietnam.
After retiring to Seguin, TX, Lee sold insurance for Met Life for 5 years before becoming an independent agent for another 5 years. He belonged to numerous organizations, including the Kiwanis, Lions, Masons, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, American Legion, and the VFW.
Lee was an avid sports fan, especially loving to attend Texas Longhorns football games. He loved to cook, garden, and dance. He loved God and his country, was an unapologetic Christian conservative, an active father and grandfather. We rejoice in the knowledge that he has joined the community of saints in Heaven but we mourn the great loss to our family, which may only be healed in time through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents Leland and Minnie Lee Potter. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Morgan Potter, his seven children and their respective spouses: Leland, Justin (Cara), Katharine (Ollie), Mary, Clifton (Rebecca), Jonathan (Kelsey), and Evan (Krystle); his sisters Jane Barnes & Kathy Bowen, brothers Gilbert W. Potter II and James Lee, sister-in-law Doja, & nieces Esther Lee, Jesse Ng, Ann Lee, & Katharine Lojkovich. He is also survived by his 16 grandchildren: Austin, Emma, Gavin, Jake, & Luke Liss; Camden, Zachary, Jackson, & Ashton Potter; Aidan, Orin, Elias, & Elisabeth Potter; George, Millie, & Susanna Potter. His 17th grandchild, Lily Potter, is expected in December.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church in New Braunfels, officiated by Rev. Dick Jones. A reception will follow in the church Education Building. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Public visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 8th at Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr, Seguin, TX 78155.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Presbyterian Church, 1620 Common St, New Braunfels, TX 78130 or Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Hospice, 1215 E Court St, Seguin, TX 78155.