Ralph Potter, 66, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Potter was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Eugene and Amanda Cornett Potter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Potter and Roy Potter.
Mr. Potter had worked as a roofer and was a previous employee of North American Rayon Corporation. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam Conflict, achieving rank of E-5, where he received two Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and an Air Medal, making him the most decorated in Carter County when he returned from Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post No. 2166 and a member of the Elks Club.
Ralph loved to fish and hunt and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed life and loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Potter, of the home; a daughter, Lorie Potter and Billy Joe Lambert, Butler; a very special person, Sue Cox, Dixon, Ill.; a son, Dustin Potter, of the home; two special grandchildren, Lindsey Lambert and Timmy Lambert, of the home; a brother, J.L. Potter and wife Lola, Roan Mountain; two sisters, Ruth Edwards and husband Samuel, Butler, and Margaret Trivette and husband Rick, Elizabethton; special sisters and brothers with the Whitehead family; and a very, very special person, Creed Guy, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The graveside service for Mr. Potter will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, in the Miller Cemetery on Fork Mountain Road in Roan Mountain with Rev. Charlie Trivette officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Taylor, Roger Hill and all his many special friends. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Friday. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101, Johnson City, TN 37604; The Ronald McDonald House, 418 N. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN 37604; or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Potter family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.