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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Betty Blanch Potts

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  • Funeral services for Betty Blanch Potts, 71, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Crad­dock Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gary Word, Bishop Clyde Hess and the Rev. Arlena Burnsworth officiating. Interment will follow in Lone Grove West Cemetery. A family visita­tion will be from 6 to 7 this evening at the Craddock Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Potts was born Jan­uary 31, 1941, in Cheek, Oklahoma, to J.C. and Mattie Blanch Mauldin Howard. She passed this life on Dec. 30, 2012, at her residence in Lone Grove.

    She and the Rev. Leo Potts were married Feb­ruary 27, 1960, in Lone Grove, Okla. Betty was a member of the Faith Heri­tage Pentecostal Church of God where she wore many hats, including church ad­ministrator and Pastor’s wife. In her early minis­try’s, she touched the lives of thousands of children with her dynamic teaching at junior youth camps in many states as well as her home church. Betty was a recipient of a degree in theology from The Insti­tute of Jewish-Christian Studies.

    She is survived by her loving husband, Leo Pres­ton Potts of the home; a son, Larry Reed of Lake Kiowa, Texas; her daugh­ter, Teresa Smothers of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; grandsons, Byron Reed and his wife, Gayla of Du­rant, Okla., Brian Reed and his wife, Kelly of Ar­dmore, and Levi Smoth­ers and his wife, Chelsey of Trinidad, Colo.; and granddaughters, Niki Reed of Mesquite, Texas, and Delta Brown of Den­ton, Texas. She is survived by her great-grandsons, Kaden, Gage and Matthew Reed. She is also survived by sisters, Vida and hus­band, the Rev. C.W. Word of Mineral Wells, Texas, LaQuita and her husband, George Taylor of Lone Grove, and Barbara and husband, Ronnie Butler of Wilson, Okla.; brothers, Ferrel Howard and wife, Joyce of Lone Grove, and the Rev. Wayne Howard and wife, Berlene of Lone Grove, Okla.; and sisters­in-law, Mildred Howard and Barbara Ann Howard of Lone Grove.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Charlene and brothers Bobby D. and J.B. Howard.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Darrell Howard, Darren Howard, Gaylon Taylor, Mike Howard, Dickie Howard, Keith Howard and Donnie How­ard.

    Honorary bearers will be Jimmy Debord, Bill Grover, Melvin Grover and Dean Redmon.
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    Online condolences can be made at craddockfuner­alhome.com.
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