CONOVER, N.C. - George Harold Potter, 89, of Conover, North Carolina, passed from this life to his eternal reward with Jesus Christ on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born December 25, 1925, in Bangor, Maine, George was the son of William L. Potter and Laura M. Helms Potter.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Elaine Barbara Brown Potter of Conover, North Carolina; daughter, Jean Ellen Tir and her husband, Steven Tir, of Kosice, Slovakia; daughter, Barbara Elaine Potter of Conover, North Carolina; and grandson, Steven George Andrew Tir of Kosice, Slovakia. George loved and had a special place in his heart for his only grandchild, Stevie. Uncle George is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, as well as dear friends. George was predeceased by his four sisters, Bertha Brooks, Ethel Turner, Myrtle Murphy and Ruth Hanscom; and his four brothers, Ralph Helms, William Potter, Frank Potter and Eugene Potter, all of whom he dearly loved and missed.
As a Navy veteran of WWII, George proudly served his nation aboard the USS Bogue aircraft carrier, in the North Atlantic and in the Pacific. George enjoyed keeping in touch with many of his Navy and veteran friends. George worked for many years at Sanborn's Motor Express in Bangor, Maine, where he served with honor. While working for Sanborn's, George was proud of obtaining a 25-year Safe Driver's Award. Many life-long friendships were developed during George's employment at Sanborn's Motor Express.
In his own words, George wanted to be remembered as a "loving husband, father, Papa, brother, friend and dedicated Christian." For decades, he was a faithful member of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church (Pastor Charles Hurst) in Bangor, Maine. In his later years, George was pleased to attend the Christ Alive Church (Pastor Mark Ivey) in Newton, North Carolina.
Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 9, and from 10 a.m. until the start of the of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, with the Reverend Charles Hurst officiating. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, either following the funeral or after committal prayers. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Newton, North Carolina, for close family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Foreign Missions Fund at the Apostolic Lighthouse Church (Pastor Charles Hurst), Hammond Street, Bangor, ME 04401. The family would appreciate reading your expressions of love for George. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.