John Lewis Potter

March 4, 1941March 6, 2019

John Lewis Potter passed away on March 6, 2019 at the age of 78.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Potter, his mother, Pearl Sumpter Ford, his step father, Bob G. Ford, his brother, Robert Potter, and his step-son, Kevin Pitts. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Louise Potter and his children, Christine Potter Bolt, John Royce Potter, Guy Martin Potter, Pamela Penick, Michelle Bearden, Tamara George, and their spouses. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

John was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Earl and Pearl Potter on March 4, 1941. The United States was just beginning to emerge from a long lingering depression and was soon to enter World War II in December of that year.

John graduated with a degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and immediately taught physics and math at Bartlesville High where he graduated. Soon after, he went to work for Schlumberger Oil Field Services in Lincoln, Illinois, followed by Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, OK and later returned to Schlumberger in Houston. Following that, John joined Gulf Oil Corporation (later merged with Chevron) with an interesting and successful career as a geophysicist. Work took John to Houston, TX, London, England, Sumatra, Indonesia, Calgary, Canada, Denver, Colorado and finally back to Houston. John was recognized by Chevron for his contribution in the discovery of oil in two large fields.

John Potter had a deep, somewhat gruff voice with an Oklahoma accent and a wickedly dry sense of humor. John always said he was a proud Okie but moved to Texas as soon as he could. John loved Bass fishing, cooking on his grill, and their cabin outside of New Ulm. His favorite choice of automobile was a red Porsche, which he owned several of over a period of 35 years.

John died of complications following a stroke. John may have likely said at this point at the end of his life: “Now, they talk nice about me.” John leaves a legacy of his love for God, his love for his family, and his love of the long lasting friendships that he built through the years.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm and a memorial service on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Pastor Charles Wisdom will be officiating the service. Burial to follow funeral service. All services will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079.


  • Daniel Bolt
  • Benjamin Lowery
  • Zachary Lowery
  • Brandon Penick
  • Nathan Penick
  • Dakota Potter
  • Guy Potter
  • Jusin Rhoads
  • John R. Potter , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lee Schurman, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation with Family and Friends Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, March 13, 2019

John Lewis Potter

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John Potter

March 19, 2019


I'm missing you so much. I have a void in my heart.
Don't catch that whopper till I catch up with you!

Your Son,


Denise Elizondo

March 12, 2019

I am grateful to God for John Potter. I am grateful to John Potter. I admire how he lived his faith in a sweet, tender & humble way with Barbara, his family, friends. It is a testimony of God’s heart for us. I pray all of us who loved him will be comforted. He is missed. Thank you John & Barbara for sharing your love & life with all of us.

Emily Ward

March 11, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting “Papa John” and Barbara when I would visit my daughter Erin. She and Titin are dear lifetime friends. It was always a delight to visit in their home, see the deep love he had for family, and hear his laughter. I know he will also forever have a special place in his heart for his daughter-in-love, Titin. My condolences to the entire family. May you each find comfort in your precious memories.


March 10, 2019

I first met John in 1980 at Gulf Oil at Wilcrest, Houston Texas. I so clearly remember his glowing radiant smile especially when he was socializing around the front lobby where Barbara was seated. Yes it was very obvious that love was in the air. What a perfect match - soulmates that were meant to be. As the years passed it was not only his smile but his hilarious sense of humor that was so enjoyable. John - thank you for sharing so many special moments - you will be missed.

Alyssa W

March 9, 2019

For a matter of years, I would pop by the house because I was a good friend of his grand-daughter, Titin. Every single time, he would greet me with kind hospitality. He would smile, sit and chat with me, and made me feel welcome. We would eat some ice cream or some dinner, and soon we were comfortably talking and teasing like family. As someone without family in town, I was touched and grateful that he was always a class act with me.

Jo Ann Porter

March 9, 2019

Will miss you John, and your great sense of humor and our Astros conversations.
I am proud to call you my friend.
Rest in piece, John and know that you are loved and will be greatly missed.