James Melvin “Jim” Potter

Published 11:47 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

James Melvin “Jim” Potter

June 24, 2017

James “Jim” Potter, 77, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017.

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The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel. A private interment will be held at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Valdosta, Ga.. Honorary pallbearers will be Orion Lodge #8 F & A M.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at

www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to: Orion Lodge #8 F& AM, Scholarship Fund, C/O Benny Brookins, 1021 Boxwood Drive, Bainbridge, GA 39819 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

James Melvin “Jim” Potter was born August 30, 1939 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of Harrison Samuel Potter and Ina Mae Harden Potter. Jim graduated from Barber College in Nashville, Tenn. and in 1968 bought Emory Rich’s shop. Jim owned and operated Jim’s Style Center for over 50 years. He faithfully served the community as a Mason with Orion Lodge #8 F & AM and a Shriner with Hasan Shrine.

Many will remember Jim standing in front of his shop taking note of the coming and going on Water Street or strumming his banjo in the infamous green car for every parade in Bainbridge. He was always a source of information for happenings in the community. Jim was gifted with a smooth demeanor and voice. He shared his beautiful voice singing with several Southern Gospel groups including the Sonshine Boys, Tone Masters and Southland Harmony Quartet.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Price Potter; his children, Alan Potter and his wife, Amy, of Rydal, Ga., Toka Andrews of Bainbridge, and Toby Potter and his wife, Brandy, of Newnan, Ga.; his siblings, Henry Potter and his wife, Cathleen, of Hixson, Tenn., Robbie Smith, and Betty Kile and her husband, Doc; his grandchildren, Rachel, Jay, Jacob, Anthony, TJ, Haley, Mallie, and Toby Jr.; and lots of nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Juanita Daugherty.