Harold Potts

Harold E. Potts, 64, of Havana died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born May 29, 1938, in Havana, a son of Sheldon E. and Vivian V. Corzart Potts. He married Mary L. France on Oct. 20, 1957, in Havana. She survives.

Also surviving are his father and his stepmother Vivian Potts of Petersburg; three daughters, Shella (and Byron) Barker of Havana, Bethany (and Todd) Keeler of Ipava and Kimberly (and Wayne) Wells of Topeka; one sister, Janet (and Larry) Thompson of Petersburg; one half sister, Brenda (and Hugh) Whalen of Lincoln; one half brother, James (and Linda) of Petersburg; 10 grandchildren; and one stepgranddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his mother; one infant daughter, Marri Beth in 1958; one sister; and two infant brothers.

He owned and operated Potts Plumbing & Heating in Havana from 1973 to 1978. He then owned his own truck and was an over-the-road driver for International Transport from 1978 to 1984. He last was a plumbing inspector for the state of Illinois from 1984 until retiring in January 2003.

He also had worked for Quality Driveway Inc. in Goshen, Ind., transporting new camping trailers throughout the United States and Canada.

He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137 in Springfield and AFSCME.

He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Havana.

He also was a member of Odd Fellows and Havana Ducks Camping Club.

He had served as a volunteer for the Civil Defense.

Services were held Saturday at First Baptist Church in Havana with Rev. David Byrd officiating. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana. Hurley Funeral Home in Havana was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Neurological Institute Gamma Knife Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria; the Division of Services for Crippled Children at the University of Illinois on behalf of his granddaughter Katelynn Barker; or the Dawson Daniels Benefit for Medical Treatment for Leukemia, in care of National Bank of Havana.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 4/23/2003

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