Thomas Calvin Potter
Scenic Chapel
1334 N. Scenic Dr.
Alamogordo, NM
Retired auto mechanic
Thomas Calvin Potter, 82, a lifelong resident of Tularosa, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center.
Mr. Potter was born July 15, 1926, in Tularosa to John Uel and Nellie (Crawford) Potter. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and owned and operated Tom and Lonny's Auto Repair and Salvage for 22 years.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Potter, of the family home; a daughter, Melissa Sitts, and her husband, Lee Karl, of Tularosa; four grandchildren, Jason Lewis and his wife, Hila, of Del Rio, Texas, Charles Lewis and Benjamin Lewis, of Tularosa, and Stephanie Eyre and her husband, Raymond, of Safford, Ariz.; two great-grandchildren, Tom Lewis of Del Rio, and Alex Eyre, of Safford; a sister, Marjorie Fleming, of Weed; and his care givers Lonny and Patsy Parsons, of Tularosa.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell chapel with the Rev. Billy Tucker officiating.
Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Tularosa.
Friends may call Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
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Published by Alamogordo Daily News from Jun. 24 to Jul. 9, 2009.
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Condolences to Mary & rest of family from the Koch & Luna family! I don't know if Mary remembers us, but we used to rent the only pink house out in the middle of the desert behind (back then, K.O.A. Trailer park) & behind the news paper office in Alamogordo. My parents were Tom & Juanita (Johnna) Koch. My name is Ralph Luna and I have an older brother, Louis & 3 sisters, Mary Lou Luna, Tammy & Evelyn Koch. Mr. Potter was the best landlord we ever had! He was very kind, nice & ALWAYS helped our family in every way he could, as I'm sure, with any other family as well. I've always remember going to their house in Tulie, across from the old catichism school and playing\swimming in the ditch outside their front yard. We'll miss him deeply and always keep him in our memories & hearts. May God Bless you always, Mary!
Ralph Luna
June 30, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know Tom is in a better place now. May he rest in peace. If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Les & Sandy Gililland
June 26, 2009
Mr. Potter,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army during WW II and for being a member of the Greatest Generation. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
June 24, 2009
Just learned about ole Tom, what a GREAT MAN he was and allways will be, i can remember how he allways wanted to wrestle and cut up, yet allways went out of his way to help in anyway he could, i will never forget all the times i spent out there at his shop, allways cutting up with him and lonny and jerry and who ever was around,i remember all the times drinking coffee with him at the Y early mornings,or tea in the afternoons many many times . He is at a better place now and i know he is with the good lord and i am sure he is with Mark right now catching up with all those years he missed not able to spend time with him.what a joy that must be for ole Tom. see ya at the pearly gates good friend. KEVIN HORTON, BIO-MED TECH, MED-GAS TECH, MAINTENANCE MECHANIC, Pawnee Oklahoma.
kevin horton
June 24, 2009
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