Monday, June 6, 2011

Newell J. Potter Jr.

Wellsville, NY - Newell J. Potter Jr., 95, of 10 Putzman Avenue went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born June 13, 1915 in Wellsville, the son of Newell J. and Emeretta (Finch) Potter Sr. He first married Helen Marsh, who predeceased him in 1981. He later married Betty J. (Atherton) Marsh who survives.

Newell was a long time employee of Worthington Corporation in Wellsville; retiring in 1977. He enjoyed restoring cars to Street Rods.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mary (Fred) Gates of Scio and Donna E. Dixon of Wellsville, 6 grandchildren, James (Mary) Kocher of Morganville, NJ, Kevin (Robin) Kocher of Fredericksburg, VA, Lynda (Ron) Bennett of Montrose, WV, Newell (Jen) Kocher of Phoenix, AZ, Lynn (Connie) Dixon of Wellsville and Helen (Joel) Evans of Angelica, several deeply loved great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews, including, Lynn T. (Erna) Davis of Winter Haven, FL and a special friend, James Kocher Sr. of Ulysses, PA

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Elder Terry Smith and Elder Richard Warriner presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorial donations may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Mary and Donna, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. It is good to know he went to be with the Lord. You and your families are in my prayers. ~Melanie Ingalls~

  2. To Newell's Family

    Newell was intoduced to me once by my Dad Neil that also worked at Worthington (now Dresser). Dad had a common outside interest in cars and I have ever since I can recall. I recall Newell's hot rod VW bug and a blue Street Rod. They both influenced me for different reasons, but he was just a nice guy that enjoyed sharing what he had created. I am sorry to hear of Newell's passing. Maybe he an Dad can go to a car show together now.
    Kevin Todd
    Rochester,NY (formerly of Scio)

  3. Newell and Helen Potter took me into their home for two years in 1973 while I went to college there in town. Many good memories. Mrs. Potter taught me to crochet which I still do to this day. Mr. Potter and my boyfriend, Tom, tinkered together in the Potter's garage which was great for Tom as his dad was disabled and couldn't do that type of thing. They were the nicest people. I'll never forget them. God Bless them and their family.
    Marcia (Updyke) Timmerman
    Walworth, NY