Henry E. Potter
The Indianapolis Star, June 7, 2008
Henry E. "Hank" Potter 92, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed
away June 3. Mr. Potter was born on September 22, 1915 in Whitaker, IN,
to Andrew Boyd Potter and Bonnie Glenn (Guy) Potter.
A graduate of Paragon High School with the class of 1934. He received
his bachelor's and master's from Indiana Central (The University of Indianapolis).
He was a standout performer in basketball and baseball for the Greyhounds
from 1935 to 1939. The versatile Potter lettered in all four seasons in
both sports. Following his impressive collegiate career, Potter went on
to play four years of pro baseball in the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1942 to 1946. After his service,
Potter moved on to success as a high school basketball coach at Monrovia,
Franklin Central, Anderson, and Martinsville high schools.
In his coaching career, Potter compiled an amazing 282-83 record and 10
sectional championships. Along with coaching, Mr. Potter was a teacher.
n 1956, Hank joined the Franklin Life Insurance Company and he has since
become a legend in that organization. In Franklin's 97 year history, no
single individual has won more agency building awards than Hank Potter.
Hank has achieved 15 Awards of Merit, 14 Agency Builder of the Month citations,
six Agency Builder of the Year titles, the Area Manager of the Year Salute,
and the Man of the Year Award. In 1979, Potter was voted into the Franklin
Life Insurance Company Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Hall
of Fame at the University of Indianapolis.
Potter was also a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Martinsville.
He served as President of the Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach,
FL, and was an Eagle Scout and served on the board of directors of the
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Mr. Potter
was an avid golfer and enjoyed raising fruit trees. He especially enjoyed
sharing his fruit with friends and family.
Mr. Potter was preceded in death by his first wife Harriett "Lou"
L. (Johnson) Potter and one sister, Irene Moore. Survivors include his
wife, Alice Potter of New Smyrna Beach, FL; sister, Frances Burnett of
Gosport, IN; daughter, Jane Ann (Dan) McVey of Carmel, IN; two grandchildren;
Todd (Kristy) Storm of Greenwood, IN and Tosha (Ray) Matthews of Mansfield,
TX and five great grandchildren.
Celebration of life service, officiated by Rev. Max Piercefield, will
be June 9 at 1 p.m. at Neal & Summers Mortuary. Calling is June 8
from 4 to 8 p.m. and 1 hour before service Monday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hall, IN.
Donations may be made to the University of Indianapolis.