Emmett Norman Poteete of Milton Freewater, entered into Jesus’ loving arms on April 20, 2013. When he was told he was going to die, he got quite excited and said he was “going to see Jesus.” He was born on Nov. 29, 1932, to Kenneth Brian Poteete and Eunice Elva Poteete in the hills above Jay, Okla. Emmett passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family.
Emmett attended Pleasant View Grade School and McLoughlin Union High School. He joined the Navy and was stationed on the USS Essex during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he returned to the area where he met and married Vesta Jane Meek in 1960. Emmett was employed by the VA Hospital and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an electrician and HVAC technician. After retiring, he sold real estate for Century 21.
Emmett enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, raising his Aberdeen Angus cattle and spending time with friends and family. He served as a trustee for Bethel Baptist Church, where he and Vesta have been members since 1965. He was always up for a game of pinocle, canasta, or pitch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Euince Bright and Kenneth Poteete; and sisters, JoAnn Harris and LaVerne Horrel. He is survived by his wife, Vesta Poteete; son, Carl Poteete (Kristen); daughters, Michelle Polk (Greg) and Holly Migas (Dan); nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Phyllis Thom.
A celebration of his life will be at Bethel Baptist Church, 209 S.W. First Ave., Milton Freewater, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope House through Bethel Baptist Church.