Conley Potter
and Cora Nelson

Conley Potter and Cora Nelson - Photos Submitted by Michael and Helena (Potter) Shortt
Cora Nelson Potter
Conley Potter and Boys
Conley Potter and Cora Nelson Children
Cora Nelson Potter
Conley Potter b 10 Jan 1917 Letcher Co KY, d 8 Aug 1958; (killed in the line of duty as a deputy sheriff); buried Reuben Potter Cemetery, Pottertown, Letcher Co KY; s/o Isaac "Ike" Potter and Dallace "Dallie" Hall. Conley Potter m. 22 Jul 1937 to Cora Nelson b 9 Jul 1919 Logan Co WV d 20 Nov 1975; buried Reuben Potter Cemetery, Pottertown, Letcher Co KY; d/o John B Nelson and Rosetta "Rosa" Hall. Children of Conley Potter and Cora Nelson;

1. Elsie "Marie" Potter b 27 Feb 1937 Jackhorn, Letcher Co KY; m. Alfred Farrell White b 24 Nov 1928 d 30 Oct 1982; buried Rueben Potter Cemetery Pottertown, Letcher Co KY. Elsie Marie Potter m. 2nd to Ernest Graves.

2. Twalla Jean Potter b 24 Sept 1938 Jackhorn, Letcher Co KY; m. 16 Apr 1960 to Edward Arthur Brown b 27 May 1938 Winden Gulf WV d 11 Jan 2008: See Obituary; s/o Charles Arthur Brown and Elizabeth Hall.

3. Irene Potter b 27 May 1941 Jackhorn, Letcher Co KY; m. 2 Aug 1964 to Billy K Banks b 20 Aug 1937 Whitesburg ARH, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; s/o James "Jim" Banks and Ida Stallard.

4. Lonnie D Potter b 14 Feb 1943; m. (2) to Mylene Cathey. Lonnie D Potter m. 28 Mar 1960 to (1) Ollievene "Ollie" Johnson b 3 Apr 1944; d/o Ernest Clyde Johnson and Della Fleming.

5. Helena Potter b 22 Mar 1945; m. 18 Dec 1963 Clintwood VA to Rabon Keith Fleming b 21 Sept 1944; s/o Clinton Fleming and Lessie Mae Johnson. Helena Potter m. 23 Jun 1979 Clintwood VA to Michael Darrell Shortt b 12 Jul 1953 Jenkins, KY; s/o Herbert Ray Shortt and Rudell Tucker.


Cora Nelson Potter
and Sam Browning

Cora Nelson b 9 Jul 1919 Logan Co WV d 20 Nov 1975; buried Reuben Potter Cemetery, Pottertown, Letcher Co KY; d/o John B Nelson and Rosetta "Rosa" Hall; Occupation; seamstress. Cora Nelson m. to (1) Sam Browning. Child of Sam Browning and Cora Nelson

1. Betty Jo Browning


Obituary of Cora Nelson Potter

Cora Potter, daughter of Rosa and John B. Nelson, was born in Logan Co., West Virginia, July 9, 1919, passed from this life at the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital, after an illness of about 2 weeks, being 56 years, 4 months and 11 days of age at her passing. Cora has been in poor health for a number of years, but real sick for only about 2 weeks. She was married to Conley Potter in 1935 and has made her home in our community since that time. She has been a member of the Hemphill Church or Christ for about 30 years. She is survived by her mother, Rosa Nelson, who stayed with her. Daughters: Elsie Mae White of Hazard, Ky. Tawalla Brown of Jackhorn, Ky., Irene Potter Banks of Whitesburg, Ky., Helena Potter Fleming of Jackhorn, Ky., son, Lonnie D. Potter of Lexington, Ky., Douglas Hess of Jackhorn, Ky., whom she raised. 11 grand children, sister Dolly Mathews of Huntington, W.Va., brother, James E. Nelson of Brandywine, Mich., her husband Conley Potter preceded her in death August 8, 1958. Funeral services for Cora Potter was held at the Hemphill Church of Christ on Sunday, November 23, 1975 at 1:00 P. M. Pallbearers: Men of the Church. Ministers: Bro. Estill Holland and Holberton Greer. Burial in Potter Cemetery, Jackhorn, Kentucky. Banks Funeral Home of Neon, Kentucky in charge of funeral arrangements.


Deputy Killed In 1958 In Line For Honors

A Letcher County sheriff 's deputy who was killed in the line of duty in 1958 is being honored for his work nearly 40 years later. Deputy Conley Potter and 24 other officers killed in the line of duty will be honored today (Wednesday, 21 May 2008) by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training at its annual law enforcement memorial ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University. Potter died on August 8, 1958. According to an article that appeared in The Mountain Eagle the following week, Potter was shot to death by a 20-year-old Isom man, Maxwell Oliver, who was on parole for shooting an officer and four other persons in a crowd in Perry County, KY. A second man, 21-year-old Raymond Hensley, also of Isom, was charged with aiding and abetting Hensley in the death of Conley.

The Aug. 14, 1958 account of the crime quoted Letcher County Sheriff 34, was shot after Potter's cousin, Curtis Potter, arrested Oliver and an 18-year-old Sergent woman for disorderly conduct.

Fulton said Conley Potter was with his cousin, and that the two men allowed the woman to stop at Sergent to get her shoes. Fulton said Oliver obtained a gun during the stop, then shot Conley Potter in the head about two miles from Sergent and forced the other deputy from the car. Fulton told The Mountain Eagle that Oliver then shot Conley Potter a second time and forced Curtis Potter to drive on with the girl between them. Fulton said that after struggle between Oliver and Curtis Potter, Oliver escaped but was soon captured by Fulton at Thornton, (KY). The names of Potter and the 24 other officers will be dedicated on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial monument at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, 21 May 2008).


Thanks to Mike and Helena (Potter) Shortt for providing information photos, additions and corrections for this family.


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