Allen Theodore Potter, 62, of Orange, passed away peacefully at his home, July 8, after a long illness.
Allen was born in Beaumont, Sept., 6, 1952, to Samuel Raymond and Ada Mae Potter. He was a lifelong resident of Orange.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jeanette Cunningham and one brother, Walter Potter.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Judith Cummins Potter; brothers, Raymond Potter of Annacordis, Wa., Marvin Potter and wife Elise, of Mauriceville and Joe Potter, of Lafayette, La.; son, Robert Lormand of Dyersburg, Tn. and four stepdaughters, Marianne Cummins, of Orange, Melissa Conley (Ross), of Richmond Ky, Rhonda Barnhart (Phil), of Maineland, Oh. and Karen King (David) of Defuniak Springs, Fl.; five step-grandchildren, Jonathon King (Cypress), Stephanie King and Nathan King, all of Defuniak Springs and Andrew and Justin Barnhart, of Maineland; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Toby King, 13 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Allen served in the U.S. Army during the time of the Vietnam war. He worked as an insulator for several years, but was best known for his work in sales. Many knew him as the “Jerky Man.” For the past nine years, he could regularly be seen sitting at the side of the highway serving his customers. Allen loved people and was dedicated to helping them. He was a great story-teller and could easily laugh at himself. To know him was to love him. He will be greatly missed by his family and a large host of loving friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at Pleasure Island, Saturday, July 25, at 10:00 am, with the Rev. James McDonald officiating.