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Ross Potter, Elizabethton

Published August 20th, 2011 11:41 pm

ELIZABETHTON — Ross Ray Potter, 81, Elizabethton passed away Friday August 19, 2011 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Horace Ray and Vada Loraine Williams Potter. He was born on Tin Can Alley (Spring Street) in Hampton, June 10, 1930 and moved to Valley Forge July 30, 1948. He was a graduate of the Class of 1948, Hampton High School. He was on the Basketball and Football Team for four years.
Ross served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged with the rank of Pipe Fitter 2nd Class. He worked at Beaunit Fibers 29½ years and was President of the Clerical Workers Union for eight years. He worked at American Air Filter for 17 years, before retiring in 1993 due to a light stroke. He was Chief Steward of the Sheet Metal Workers Union for 8 years.
Ross was a member of the Hampton First Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Viola Faye Johnson Potter, August 15, 2004 and his fiancée Jeanne Brumitt Leonard. Ross was elected Constable in 1982 and was Commander of the Carter County Constables for 16 years. He was a lifetime member of the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department with the Rank of Lieutenant.
Survivors include Two Daughters & Sons-In-Law: Karen & Mitchell Vestal, Kimberly and Darren Denton all of Valley Forge. Two Sons: Kevin and Keith Potter both of Valley Forge. Six Grandchildren: Ashley Jones and her husband Chris, Patti English, Dalton Vestal, Brian and Jacob Potter, and Trish Mann. Two Great Grandchildren: Coty & K.C. English. His more than special family, Ronnie Gates, Bob & Shelia Trivette, Tim Lyons and his wife.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Edward, Rev. Randy Johnson and Rev. Bobby Stout officiating.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Potter Family Cemetery, Valley Forge. Ken Dugger will provide the music.
Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday will be members of the Carter County Constables Association. Honorary Pallbearers will be Members of the Carter County Sheriff Department, members of the Elizabethton Police Department, members of the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department, members of the Carter County Rescue Squad and friends of Hampton High School.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion & Tennessee National Guard. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.