Gary and Linda Potts of Paradise celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 29, 2014, with their family and longtime friends at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Shawnea’ and Carl Smith, in Jacksboro.
Gary and the former Linda Berry were married March 21, 1964, in Bridgeport by the Rev. James H. Stiles. They were high school sweethearts and graduates of Bridgeport High School.
They have two daughters, Shawnea’ Smith and husband, Carl, of Jacksboro and Shellie Read and husband, Reggie, of Paradise. Grandchildren are Riley Smith attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., Allie Smith, attending Texas Christian University, Reese Read, attending and playing baseball at Vernon Junior College, Ryhan Read, attending Bridgeport High School, and Carli Smith, a student at Jacksboro Middle School.
Gary worked for Mitchell Energy and retired after 35 years of service. Linda worked for NGPL and Mitchell Energy prior to Devon’s buyout and retired from Devon Energy in 2011.
They are lifetime members of the American Quarter Horse Association and Oklahoma Racing Association, raising, racing and selling horses for more than 40 years.
They are members of the First Baptist Church of Paradise.
Throughout the course of their marriage, Gary and Linda were active in school functions and various community, county and charitable boards. Activities include coaching in the first Paradise girls softball program, Paradise school board, Park Board president, Bridgeport Historical Society president and Water Board and Improvement District No. 1 director. Both served as directors on the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, and Linda served as a United Way of Wise County director for 15 years.
The couple enjoys spending time with their family, traveling to new places and spending time at their home in Alto, N.M.