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Healed, whole, and with his Savior, Wayne Poteet, 78 years old of Hooks, Texas, is free of the burdens of this life after a hard-fought, lengthy, but always courageous battle with cancer.

Wayne Poteet was born November 25, 1943, in Crosby, Texas, to Howard and Noma Poteet. As a young boy in a hard-working family in Huffman, Texas, Wayne learned farming skills early. In 1958, the family moved to the Hooks area and Wayne farmed with his father and older brother. While in high school, Wayne raised a herd of cattle and started his personal farming business. He attended Texarkana College and continued to expand his agriculture endeavors. In 1966, he purchased his dream car, a 1967 Corvette, and met his future wife, Gwen Vahle. They were married in 1967; a few years later, two daughters, Penny and Inger, completed their family. Wayne finally “retired” from farming when health challenges limited his physical abilities.

Wayne was a member and supporter of various farming groups and organizations. He was a huge supporter of local charity causes and a loyal “booster” of Hooks High School, especially the band and athletics. Wayne also served as a member of the deacon body and on several committees at FBC-Hooks. His generous and kind heart was always focused on the church’s outreach programs, particularly youth activities and Operation Christmas Child. Among those who will greet Wayne in Heaven are: his parents Howard and Noma Poteet; parents-inlaw Bill and Novis Vahle; sister and brother-in-law Doris and Nick Sunseri; sister-in-law Mary Ann Vahle; brother-in-law Dwight Vahle, and other extended family members and dear friends.

Treasuring Wayne’s memory are: his beloved wife of 55 years, Gwen Vahle Poteet; daughters Penny Poteet Wright (Nathan) and Inger Poteet Escamilla (Richard); brother Carl Poteet (Sherill); grandchildren Ella and Madelyn Wright, Hunter Lonas, and Matthew Escamilla; brothers and sisters-in-law Tom Vahle, Linda Vahle, Bill and Wanda Vahle, and Tina and Ken Hignight. Wayne is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends.

The family is grateful to the amazing team of researchers, doctors, nurses, and staff at MD Anderson for their caring support, how they treated us as family, and how they never gave up trying to cure Wayne’s illness. To honor their efforts, and for all families facing the same journey, please consider a donation in Wayne’s memory to MDAnderson. Visit the family’s tribute page to support ongoing efforts to #EndCancer. Donations may also be made to FBC-Hooks,, or to an organization of your choice.

Visitation is at First Baptist Church Hooks on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 10 a.m., with services to follow at 11 a.m. Graveside service is at Everett Baptist Church immediately following. Online registry available at Attend services virtually at events/1104588326838796/.

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

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