The Rev. Bobby D. Potter, of Sedalia, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia.
Bob was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Green Ridge. In 1929, he moved with his family to Windsor, where he attended and graduated from high school in 1940. In 1943, he married Alma Carlson and the same year started his ministry of the Gospel. He attended Southwest Baptist College from 1943-1945. He later entered Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and graduated in 1950. While in Texas he preached at three different churches. When he returned to Missouri, he preached in several different Baptist churches: Houstonia, Flat Creek, Pilot Grove, Friendship, Russellville, Mt. Olive, Centerville, Jasper, Gower, Syracuse, Humansville and Walnut Grove. While preaching at Syracuse he was given the opportunity to do a two month Biblical Archeology study tour in the Holy Land. Later he organized and led several tours to the Holy Land. In 1967, Bob became an Admissions Counselor and Director of Alumni at SWBC, where he worked until retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth Potter; an infant son, Charles Allen; his wife, Alma, in 1997; and his son, Richard, in 2010. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Emmett, Walter, Morris and Billy Potter; and one sister, Dora Jean Phillips.
He is survived by a son, John Potter, and his wife, Carla, of Springfield, Mo.; his wife of the home, Hazel Potter, whom he married in 1999; one step-daughter, Deanna Stewart, and her husband, Ron, of Warrensburg; five grandchildren, Christine, Abby and Jon Potter, of Bolivar, Andy Potter, of Springfield, Mo., and Dawn Mayo, of Republic; one step-grandson, Shawn Stewart, of Lee’s Summit; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and many caring friends.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Drew Hill and the Rev. John Potter officiating.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Masonic Cemetery in California, Mo.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Heckart Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church for a scholarship in Bob’s name.
Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.