On Thursday October 14, 2021, Kelly Ray Potter, devoted husband, loving father and a friend to all, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 64.
Kelly is survived by his children Kelly Potter Jr., Machelle Potter, Misty Allen, Jennifer Collier, and Emily Potter, his sister Christina Dixon, nephews Chad and Chase Dixon, roommate of many years, Terry Furlong, grandchildren, Austin, Breanna, Riley, Makenzie, Carson, Cameron, Jasmine, Jagger, and Journey, great grandchildren Sawyer & Laney, and many other family, friends, and loved ones.
Kelly is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Potter, father & mother Franklin & Patsy Potter, & brother-in-law Terry Dixon, and niece Chelsea.
Kelly was born on cinco de mayo, May 5, 1957, in Downey, California. God could not have given him a better birthday. Even as a child Kelly just wanted to have fun and throughout his life was the party. As a young child, Kelly lived in Southeastern Oklahoma and spent his early years, hunting, fishing, and roaming the mountains & rivers with his dad, uncles, and cousins. Around the age of 10, his family moved to California. This is when Kelly found his passion for surfing, skateboarding, & beaches. School never was Kelly’s thing and he would often skip it to go surf, especially at Huntington Beach because that was where all the women where. At this time in Kelly’s life, he just wanted to have fun and that is what he did. As a young adult, Kelly welcomed his first and only son Kelly Ray Potter Sr. Kelly said he knew he was in trouble because Kelso, looked just like him. A couple years later, he was blessed with his first beautiful daughter, Machelle Potter. Even though he was just learning to be a dad and sometimes their relationship was rocky, Kelly truly loved Kelso and Machelle and always wanted the best for them. He always thought that Machelle could grow up to be a singer and Kelso could of played football for the NFL.
When Kelly was in his 20’s he decided it was time to slow down a little bit and go back to his country roots in Southeastern Oklahoma. Some of his fondest memories were of him and his cousin Gomer hunting and fishing and just living the country boy life. After sometime, Kelly decided to move up towards Oklahoma City because he couldn’t date any of the woman in the valley because he was related to all of them. Even though Kelly moved away, his heart never really ever left his hometown of Nashoba and always planned on moving back down there.
Eventually Kelly remarried and along came his baby girl, Emily. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he thought she was the most precious thing he had ever saw. Unlike Kelso and Mush, who was outgoing and possessed a lot his Kelly’s genes, Emily was sweet, timid and didn’t really talk much. At times, like most kids who were around Kelly, she believed he was the real Hulk Hogan, with his red bandana and raspy deep voice. Emily may have been a momma’s girl, but she was Kelly’s baby and anyone around could see it when he looked at her.
Kelly eventually slithered up to his true love, Betty and they were pretty much inseparable after that. They would spend the rest of their years, camping, going to the lake, having the best annual Christmas parties and truly just loving each other unconditionally through thick and thin. Kelly always said one of his favorite things about Betty, was that she was always by his side no matter what.
It was through Betty, that Kelly would gain two more daughters, Misty Allen and Jennifer Collier. Misty being the oldest and most stubborn, gained the nickname Major Misty. After Betty passed, Kelly always knew that he could count on Major Misty to make sure he was taken care of. She was faithfully by his side. During the past three years, the two of them formed a very special bond that was irreplaceable.
Kelly would say that Jennifer was also a little stubborn and hard headed but she was definitely the more laid back of the two. As a young adult because the teenage years was a little rough with Jennifer, her and Jacob spent a lot of time floating the river, camping, and going to those annual Christmas parties with Betty and Kelly. After Betty passed, Jennifer also stayed by Kelly’s side and he always knew he could count on her if he needed anything, even if it was just to sneak him a little candy, coke, chips or whatever it was he wasn’t allowed to have while he was in the hospital. She was the pushover.
Kelly always had tons of friends, they were actually more like family. If you were a friend of Kelly’s, you knew you could always count of him, he loved you unconditionally, but had no problems telling you what was on his mind, whether you wanted to hear it or not. He would help pick you up when you were down, give you the shirt off his back, and his door was always open.
Anyone who knew Kelly, without a doubt, has a story to tell that involves him. He was just that kind of guy. He was loved by all, the life of the party, and one heck of a good guy. He will be forever missed, but never forgotten.
A graveside burial will be held for Kelly on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 2:00pm, at the Evansville cemetery in Meridian, Oklahoma off Choctaw Road and a celebration in honor of Kelly’s life will follow at the Woodcrest Tavern at 11975 S Midwest Blvd, Guthrie, OK 73044. Brother Don Brewer will officiate the services. Flowers, donations, and condolences may be offered and sent to the Community Funeral Home, 1624 N Pine St., Guthrie, OK 73044. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 9am-12:00pm for close family and friends at the Community Funeral Home.
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