Kathryn Sue PottsJanuary 9, 1936 ~ April 5, 2017 (age 81)
Kathryn Sue Hopper Potts passed away peacefully on April 5, 2017 in the presence of her beloved family.
Daughter of Hattie Mae Baty Hopper and Charles Jasper Hopper, Kathryn Sue was born in the Buttermilk community of Highlands, NC on January 9, 1936.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather George Pratt McClure and by brothers Don D. Hopper, Bobbie Weaver Hopper and Roliver Gordon McClure. She is survived by brother Colonel Mack Henry Hopper, and many nieces and nephews, as well as several beloved sisters-in-law.
In 1956, Sue married Richard Delano Potts, who preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter Katrina Dianne Potts Laverty (Tim), sons Richard Anthony (Terri), Phillip Jeffery, and Samuel Alan (Lin); grandchildren Terra Denise Potts, Jessica DeAnn Potts, Seth Michael Schmitt (Jenna), Kelsey Anne Schmitt Dockins (Travis) Carter Reece Potts, Christopher Nye (Sarah), and Kathryn Elizabeth Potts; great grandchildren Dillon and Reese Schmitt, Colton Ledbetter, Slade and Westyn Peek, and Micah Nye.
Sue will be cherished for her service to others. A teacher at Highlands School for 30 years, Mrs. Potts was fourth grade teacher to hundreds of students and remembered by many as " favorite." For 15 years, she was owner and designer of Kanonah Florist, and had the pride and honor of preparing lovely floral arrangements for many special occasions including countless weddings, funerals, and proms. Sue was a founding member of the Highlands Historical Society and passionate about protecting the history of the small mountain town.
Sue was a strong, independent, talented, intelligent and a fierce support of those she loved. She loved gardening, crocheting, reading, cooking, travel, puzzles and her famous "galax roses," but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She loved and was greatly loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, extended family and church family and will be dearly missed.
A celebration of Sue’s life will be held Sunday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Highlands, NC (315 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741). The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 1959 Highlands, NC 28741), the Highlands Historical Society (P.O. Box 670, Highlands, NC 28741), or the Town of Highlands Scholarship fund (P.O. Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741).
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Potts family.