Claude Alvin Potter, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the age of 82. He was the son of the late Claude Alton Potter and Amy Starnes Potter and was born in Chesnee, SC.
After graduation from high school, Claude served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. In his professional life, Claude served as the District HVAC Coordinator of Spartanburg School District 7. He displayed exceptional skills and dedication in ensuring that school buildings were comfortable and safe for students and staff. His commitment to his work earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
Outside of his career, Claude had a love for animals. He raised horses and cows. As a young man he participated in rodeos. Claude's fondness for animals extended beyond farm life; he had a special bond with his loyal furry friend and companion, Shelby.
An amazing husband and father, Claude will forever be remembered as the best daddy ever. He exuded love and support to his family every day. His warm and non-judgmental nature created a safe space for his loved ones and friends to express themselves freely. Claude possessed an attentive ear and was always there to listen to others without judgment or criticism. His even-tempered demeanor provided comfort during challenging times.
One of Claude's favorite hobbies was RV camping with his wife, Karen and their family. They created countless memories exploring the beauty of nature, enjoying campfires, and making lasting connections with fellow travelers. These camping trips allowed Claude to showcase his adventurous spirit and love for the great outdoors.
Claude is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 30 years, Karen Blackwell Potter. He was a cherished father to his daughters, Julia Potter and Robin Myers (Wade), as well as his sons, Michael Robertson (Kristina) and John Robertson. Claude's presence will be deeply missed by his eight grandchildren: Graycen Myers, Jake Myers, Jacob Robertson, Kaitlyn Turner (Austin), Bella Robertson, Mariela Robertson, Barrett Robertson, and Ariana Robertson. Additionally, he had three grandchildren of his heart: Emma Wakim, Alex Wakim, and Livvy Wakim. Claude is also survived by his sister, Zoe Wood and sister-in-law, Vicki Blackwell (Bill Ballinger). He will be fondly remembered by his niece, Dale Skipper and nephew, Dan Wood. He enjoyed the company of his special friends, Cindy & Carl Yacko, David Yacko and Mandy & James Wakim. He is predeceased by a brother, Ray Alton Potter and his parents.
A graveside service will take place at 12:00 PM, on Sunday, January 28, 2024. The ceremony will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307. The family will visit with friends, immediately following the service in the cemetery. Reverend Robert Emory will officiate.
The family prefers that donations in Claude's memory be made to Mobile Meals, https://www.mobile-meals.org/donor-info or United Baptist Church, 7319 Valley Falls Road ♦ Spartanburg SC, 29303.
Claude Potter touched the lives of many through his kind-hearted nature and unwavering love for his family. His legacy of compassion and devotion will live on in the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. As we mourn the loss of this remarkable man today, let us also celebrate the incredible life he lived. May he rest in eternal peace.