Joan E. Potter, 80

JAN. 9, 1931-NOV. 6, 2011

November 06, 2011

Joan Elizabeth Potter, 80, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md.

Born Jan. 9, 1931, in Sleepy Creek, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Renzie Dowl and Thelma Elizabeth Householder McBee.

She was a member of Johnsontown Bible Church and attended Snyder’s Bible Chapel in Hedgesville, W.Va. She was a children’s Sunday school teacher for many years.

She was a 1948 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School.

Joan had worked as a clerk with Berkeley Springs Pharmacy and also worked seasonally at local tomato- canning factories. She was an avid sports fan and a Little League mother, and was very active with the Crimson Cadets Drum and Majorette Corps in Berkeley Springs.

She was a homemaker in recent years.

Surviving are two daughters, Tina Marie Lewis of Hagerstown and Betsy Lee Buser of Berkeley Springs; two sons, Ercel “Butch” Potter of Charles Town and Craig Andrew Potter of Martinsburg; one sister, Lorraine Kay Shilling of Lebanon, Pa.; two brothers, Jackie L. McBee of Hedgesville and Douglas “Mac” McBee of Frederick, Md.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ercel Elwood Potter Sr., on Oct. 17, 1987; and one sister, Patricia A. Fox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Johnsontown Bible Church, 68 Camp Frame Road, Hedgesville, with Pastor Jack Rudy officiating, assisted by Pastor Gary Kerns. Interment will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Panhandle Home Health Inc., 208 Old Mill Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401; or to Johnsontown Bible Church, P.O. Box 301, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

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