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Ralph Waldo Potter
and Macie Emma Austin

Left to Right; Macie Austin Potter, Husband of Macie - Ralph Waldo Potter and Ida Fuller Potter
Left to Right; Joel Mart Potter, Mom Ida Fuller Potter, and Ralph Waldo Potter, Ida's Stepson
Ralph Waldo Potter, Son of Creed and Sarah Rose Robinson Potter
Ralph Waldo Potter Sr. b 16 Jul 1924 Letcher Co KY d 21 Feb 2003 Lexington KY; buried Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton Co IL; s/o Creed Flannery Potter and Sarah Rose Robinson. Ralph Waldo Potter Sr m. 6 Aug 1945 Whtiesburg, Letcher Co KY to Macie Emma Austin b 1 Sept 1927 d 18 May 1972; age 44; buried Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton Co IL; d/o Nathan Austin and Emma J Elam. Children of Ralph Waldo Potter and Macie Emma Austin;

1. Mary Emma Potter b abt 1945 KY; m. Barney Masters, son of Virginia. Children of Barney Masters and Mary Emma Potter;

i. Ralph Woodrow Rusty Masters b 17 Aug 1966 d 13 Jul 1977; age 10 (died from gunshot).

ii. Lee Denise Barnene Masters (1 boy, Ralph Barnette Rusty Masters who has 3 daughters and 1 girl, Jennifer who has 2 sons, and 1 adopted son age 4 b Oct 7, as of 26 Sept 2021).

iii. Tammy Jane Masters; m. Earl Messer (1 son 2 daughters 13 grandchildrern)

2. Arella Mae Potter b 28 Mar 1948 d 25 May 2018; m. Bruce Eugene Oliver. Arella Mae Potter m. Julius Szabo. Arella Mae Potter m. Dale McCarthy Sr. Arella Mae Potter m. 6 Apr 1984 Dickenson Co VA to Everett Bert Hanvold b 11 Jul 1951; s/o Edwin Hanvold and Adah Kelley. Children of Bruce Eugene Oliver and Arella Mae Potter;

i. Joseph "Joey" Eugene Oliver

Arella Mae Potter and Julius Szabo had child;

i. Macie Jo Szabo

Arella Mae Potter and Dale McCathy had children;

i. Ralph Andrew "Randy" McCarthy

ii. Dale "DJ" McCarthy Jr

3. Ralph Waldo Potter Jr 5 Nov 1949 Letcher Co KY; (of Miles City, MT); m. 14 Jun 1973 Wise Co VA to Maewood Bentley b 21 Aug 1952; d/o Jesse James Bentley and Imogene Hall. Children of Ralph Waldo Potter and Maewood Bentley;

i. David Martin Potter

ii. Malinda Potter (Twin to Emily)

iii. Emily Potter (Twin to Malinda)

4. Rita Marie Potter b abt 1950 KY

5. Delilah Jo Potter b 10 Oct 1951 Letcher Co KY; m. Ron Gunter of Chorchill, TN.

6. Teresa Rae Potter b 14 May 1954 Valparaiso, Porter Co IN d 14 Aug 2019; age 65; McLeansboro, Hamilton Co IL; buried Cartwright Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton Co IL; m.3 Apr 1971 Bush Harbor Church, McLeansobor, IL to Glendal Dail French Jr. Children of Teresa Rae Potter and Glendale Dail French Jr;

i. Glendale Dail French III; m. Teresua Harkley. Children of Glendale Dail French III and Teresua Harkley French;

I. Jordan Marie French

II. Joshua Glendale French

III. Jillian Alexandria French

ii. Cynthia Rae French; m. Garry Adcock. Children of Garry Adcock and Cynthia Rae French;

I. Macie Kaylene Adcock

II. Sarah Renee Adcock

III. Luke Garret Adcock

iii. Wayne Douglas French; m. Alana Pitts

7. William "Bill" Creed Flannery Potter b 1962 Letcher Co KY; m. Melissa Unknown. This man changed his name from Bill to Creed Flannery. Children of William Flannery "Bill" Potter;

i. Sarah Elizabeth Potter

ii. William Flannery Potter Jr

iii. Talon Creed Potter


Ralph Waldo Potter
and Margaret Britt

Ralph Waldo Potter and 1st Wife Margaret Britt Marriage
Ralph Waldo Potter Sr. b 16 Jul 1924 Letcher Co KY d 21 Feb 2003 Lexington KY; buried Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton Co IL; s/o Creed Flannery Potter and Sarah Rose Robinson. Ralph Waldo Potter Sr m. 1 Dec 1941 Phenix City AL to (1) Margaret Britt b 20 Sept 1923; d/o William E Britt and Mattie Bell Burt.

On the marriage license of Ralph W Potter and Margaret Britt, they are listed as having applied for a marriage license in the state of Alabama on what appears to be Dec 1, 1941 and were married on 1 Dec 1941 Marriage License Record Book No 18, Page 261 by Rev C W Milford in Phenix City AL. Ralph W Potter is listed as a Soldier, Father: Creed Potter Mother: Sarah Robertson.

The Bride is listed as Margaret Britt, 1610 I Ave Colombus. GA, Color White. Age: 18 Date of birth: Sept 30, 1923. Occupation: None. Father: William E Britt. Mother: Mattie Bell Burt. Both are listed as their 1st marriage. Ralph W Potter was apparently a U.S. Army soldier at Fort Benning, near Columbus, Russell County, Georgia where he met this wife and married her.


Obituary: Ralph W Potter
16 Jul 1924 - 21 Feb 2003

Obituary of Ralph Waldo Potter Sr. as follows; POTTER, Ralph W. Sr., 78, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of McLeansboro (Illinois) d. 21 Feb 2003 at his home; b. 16 July 1924 in Letcher Co, KY; s/o Creed POTTER & Sarah Rose ROBINSON;

md Macie Emma AUSTIN, she is deceased;

surv. by step-mother, Ida POTTER of Houston, Tx; 2 sons, Ralph W. POTTER Jr. of Miles City, MT; & William F. POTTER & wife Melissa of Jessamine Co, Ky; 5 daughters: Mary Emma POTTER of Branson, Mo; Arella Mae & husband Everett HANVOLD of Branson, Mo; Delilah GUNTER & husband Ron of Chorchill, Tenn; Retta Marie POTTER of Waddy, Ky; & Thresa FRENCH & husband Dail of McLeansboro; 5 bros. & 3 sisters;

burial IOOF Cem, McLeansboro. (End of Obituary).


Obituary: Teresa Rae Potter French
14 May 1954 - 14 Aug 2019

Teresa Rae Potter French
15 May 1954 - 14 Aug 2019
65-year-old Teresa Rae French of McLeansboro, died on Wednesday, August 14 at her residence. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church.

Teresa was born on May 14, 1954 in Valpariso, Indiana to Ralph Potter and Macie Emma (Austin) Potter. She married Glendal Dail French on April 3, 1971 at Brush Harbor Church in McLeansboro.

Survivors include her husband Glendal of McLeansboro, two sons: Glendal Dail French III (wife Theresa) of Lexington, Illinois, and Wayne Douglas French (wife Alanna) of Dale; a daughter: Cynthia Adcock (husband Gary) of Dale; three sisters: Mary of Lexington, Kentucky, Delilah Gunter and Rita Blackwell; two brothers: Ralph Potter of Montana and Bill Potter of Lexington, KY; 9 grandchildren: Jordan, Joshua, Justin, Julian, Alyssa & Alecia French, Macie, Sarah and Luke Adcock; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Arella Hanvold (died 2018).

Funeral services for Teresa Rae French will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17 at New Salem Baptist Church with burial to follow at Cartwright Cemetery in McLeansboro as Reverend Harl Cockrum will officiate the service. Visitation will be held at 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 at the New Salem Baptist Church in Dale.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.


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