The Rev. Russell Millard Potter, 91, Elizabethton went home to be with his Lord, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
Born March 31, 1921, in Carter County, he was a son of the late William Millard and Pearl Bunton Potter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Trivette Potter; his father-in-law, Linzy Trivette; a daughter-in-law, Linda McKeehan Potter; three sisters, Velta Potter, Donnis Hicks and Danford Bowman; and four brothers, Kyle, Bernard, Clay and Ree Potter.
He was a member of the Meadowview Baptist Church. The Rev. Potter gave his life to Christ at a young age and joined his family’s home church, Meadowview Baptist Church in Buntontown, Tenn. In 1942 at the age of 21 he was ordained into the Baptist Ministry at Elk River Baptist Church. His ministry span for 70 years until his death on Dec. 8, 2012, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home. Ivy Hall was a place that was dear to his heart having ministered there for 51 years, as well as Hillview, Hemitage and Life Care Center of Elizabethton. The Rev. Potter had pastored several churches in the area, his first church, Dividing Ridge Baptist Church, Walnut Mountain Baptist Church, Dyson Grove Baptist Church, Fish Springs Baptist Church, Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and at his death was pastor and founder of Long Hollow Baptist Church. The Rev. Potter conducted the “Old Time Gospel Hour,” his radio ministry of more than 40 years, which was heard on WBEJ, WIDD, Pan American Broadcast in Africa and Currently on WZAP in Bristol.
He was educated at Elk Mills High School, Watauga Academy and East Tennessee State College. He taught school in the Johnson and Carter County School Systems. He was owner of Potter and Potter Evergreen Co. and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a son, Aaron M. Potter, and two daughters, Janet Peters and husband, Ed, and Lavonia Austin and husband, Raymond; two granddaughters, Mariana Robinson and husband, David, and Wendy Gifford and husband, Mike; two grandsons, Dan Potter, Scott Sams and wife, Kim; and two great-granddaughters, Kaeli Sams and Brittany Robinson; two great-grandsons, Jordan and Triston Gifford; four step great-grandchildren, Haley Gifford, Savanna Blevins, Colby Britt and Steven Austin; a special cousin, Mable Snavely; three sisters-in –law, Dawn “Jackie” Peters, Rose Mowry and Diane Garland.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in the Meadowview Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Jones, the Rev. Mark Potter and the Rev. Ray Greene officiating. Interment will follow in the Bunton Family Cemetery. Music will be provided by the Meadowview Baptist Church Choir and the Pilgrims Journey. Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the church at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday will be Scott Sams, David Robinson, Dale Potter, Mike Potter, Ed Peters, David Sneyd, Mike Gifford, Jordan Gifford and Jackie Peters. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Rev. Jerry Honeycutt, the Rev. Tommy Parlier, the Rev. Charlie Trivette, the Rev. Bobby Stout, the Rev. Jack Jones, the Rev. Ken Houser, the Rev. Robbie Osborne, the Rev. Paul Crowe, the Rev. Billy Merritt, the Rev. Bobby Merritt, the Rev. Lloyd Potter, the Rev. Jerry Clawson, the Rev. Sherrill Nave, the Rev. Daryl Holly, Mr. Gerald Holly, minister, Dave Rollin, Victor Deloach, J.C. Campbell, Charles VonCannon, Stuart Blackburn, Jimmy Anderson, Bill Forbes, Duane Forbes, Daryl Greer, Larry McKinney, Vernon Vines, Brownlow Vines, John Lewis, Raymond Campbell, JR Bunton, Elbert Cable, Delmas Bunton, Roy Livingston, Clay Atwood, Ronnie Trivette, Jim Moss and Bob Trivette.
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Judy Deloach and the Staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Dr. Jonathan Bremer, Dr. Aimie Elliott and Dr. Anna Broome. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at the residence of a daughter, Janet Peters, 312 East H Street, Elizabethton. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.