Rodney Potter
1936 - 2021
BORN
1936
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory (43rd St. Chapel) - Bradenton
604 43rd Street West
Bradenton, FL
Rodney Potter
October 25, 1936 - January 31, 2021
Bradenton, Florida - Rodney Potter, the eldest of five sons, was born on October 25, 1936, in a home birth to Gladys Hilton Potter and Jodie Thomas Potter. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, befittingly on a Sunday, on the last day of January, 2021. As you will read, Rodney was a hero in every sense of the word. He was a legend, a friend, a firm leader, a devoted husband, caregiver to all, father, brother, (great) grandfather, full of strength, stories and tall tales (all of them true). He survived trains, bullets, knives, and too many sicknesses to tell. He had a fighting spirit and was tough as nails and yet the most loving and giving man you will ever meet. He was loved and respected by all and he, in turn, loved all.
Below is his story. Rodney Potter was the grandson of W. F. ("Handle Bars") Hilton, who at that time was the game warden of Manatee County. Throughout his childhood, Granddaddy Bill, as they called him, took Rodney with him on his outings in a 1929 Model A Ford to check the county for game offenders. This early exposure to the outdoors spawned the love that Rodney had for wildlife and the woods, later leading him and his wife to purchase 43 acres of land in the middle of then untouched Rye Wilderness and floating their historic family home by barge down the Little Manatee River. By the time Rodney was 14, he had four other brothers so needless to say responsibility as an adult came early for him. At 13, he worked planting grass for Burnett's dairy, which is where the Desoto Mall is today. During summer vacation, Rodney worked seven days a week from dawn to well past dark for 50 cents per hour. He worked for the Garrisons' Nursery building shade houses for ornamental plants. He also raised pigs for sale and gardened for the Manatee High School Agricultural Department. At 14, he worked in the Palmetto State Farmers Market moving produce. When he left work and headed home on his bicycle he would deliver the daily farm crop report to the radio station. When Rodney was 17, he went to Idaho to work for the US Forestry Service in a logging camp. In Rodney's last year of high school, he was planning to work at Tropicana; however the man who was procuring the job for him never showed up. Rodney called his father who told him to go see Horace Lewis, the owner of Lewis Lumber, and he would give him a job. Mr. Lewis started Rodney outside unloading box cars of lumber by hand and rail road sand cars with a shovel. He worked his way through all the different jobs until he reached the top spot as manager. He eventually became part owner and General Manager of Lewis Lumber in the late 60's until they sold to Wickes Lumber.
Through the years of different ownership, Wickes, Leeds, Hope Lumber, Contractor Yard, Pro-Build and as Builders First Source today, he was the General Manager of the Bradenton store. For Leeds and Hope he also was a Regional Manager, overseeing other locations on the West Coast of Florida. Rodney so loved what he did that he worked at this same lumber company faithfully through all its changes for 66 years until the day the Lord Jesus decided he didn't need to fight anymore, and he took him home. Rodney is known throughout the United States and Canada in the lumber industry and is highly respected by all that were fortunate enough to know him. In light of this, many times he was offered corporate positions and political offices but he continually turned them down in order to stay close to his family and many friends. On business trips people would hunt him down just to meet him because they had heard about him or they had spoken to him for years on the phone and were eager to meet him in person. They looked at him with awe but he was so humble and treated each of them as if they were his long lost family - never turning away from anyone. He always had something good or better to say about those who sought him out, making them feel that they were the ones to be spoken so highly of and not himself. "Rodney never remembered what he did for others and he never forgot what someone did for him." Rodney's ethics were learned as a young boy and have been his way of life. Rodney has dedicated his life to helping others with their needs. He started that when he helped with the money he earned as a young boy to help support his family, never regretting anything he was asked to do for his family, just always giving freely. Rodney took care of his younger brothers as if he were their father. He was a 'big boy' growing up and began his role as protector for his brothers and later for his girls gladly and yet he was and still is known as a gentle giant. Rodney's Uncle Thad, the former preacher of Manatee Baptist Church, once said to him: "Rodney you can reach more people from your position and job there at the lumber company than I can ever reach from the pulpit" and this has been true because he has counseled and prayed with many, gotten jobs for the unemployed, helped the sick with financial assistance and chaired on countless boards for local charities like Guardian Angels who built family based homes for orphans. Uncle Thad would sometimes call Rodney and ask him to go do something for someone Thad knew but Rodney did not and of course Rodney would go do it with joy and a giving heart. Through his work he has also helped many contractors, their sons and grandsons in this community get their businesses started telling them "If you cannot do it with honesty and integrity then don't do it"!!! Rodney did quietly for those who needed it and not to bring attention or glory to himself and because of this, it is hard to list all of his good deeds. He helped many Churches of every denomination who could not afford to build. He helped uncountable charitable organizations. He helped organize the Rye Wilderness Park off Rye road which is now part of the Sheriff's Youth Ranch. He was appointed by Gov. Bush to be on the board over The Gamble Mansion. He was on the board of the Manatee Historical Society and helped procure material to rebuild/restore all the buildings at the historical park. In thanks, The Historical Society built "The Potter Barn", styled in the early period of Manatee County to honor him.
As a matter of fact, if you knew Rodney, it's easy to bet that he has helped you at one time or another to accomplish something wonderful. In one of the most important honors of his life, he had the pleasure of being named 'Manatee County 2010 Citizen of the Year', a title bestowed by the community which he so loved to serve. In 2011 he was further honored by receiving the Manatee County High School Outstanding Alumnus Award, a position which he was very proud to hold. As you can see, Rodney not only always worked hard, working with all of his heart no matter whom he worked with or for whom he worked but he also was 100% invested in his personal relationships be you daughter, son, wife, grandchild, lifelong friend or stranger. Where ever Rodney went, excellence, joy and love followed. At the young age of 22, he met his future bride. Their mutual friends had introduced them and once they started dating, that was it! ... because they didn't want to be apart, they married 3 short months later.
Rodney is survived by his wife of 61 years, Minnie Adele Potter. Together, they were loving parents to two daughters; Elizabeth and Rebecca (John); one son, Eric (Amy Lynn); one son-of-the-heart, Doug; six grandchildren; Candance (Mickel), Thomas, John (Brittany), Madison (Cecelia), Thad and Seth; three step-granddaughters; Lizette, Jocelyn and Mariah; grandson-of-the-heart, Joshua and one great-granddaughter, Paisley. He was the most loving, kind, giving and interesting father, husband and brother that anyone could ever imagine. Rodney is also survived by his brother, David (Lisa), Joe Bill (Cherry) and his sister-in-law and wife to Tommy (Margaret).
He left behind deep within each of his beloved a legacy of honor, truth, love, kindness, steadfastness, devotion and a fighting spirit that cannot be broken even in the face of the profound sadness that comes from losing him. Though he is gone from this world, the beauty that he left behind and the many lessons he taught will never fade. "I want to help paint a picture of the person that Rodney was. There are no fancy buildings he has built to stand for ever and there is no hospital wing named after him because he gave millions of dollars. He has built a business that stands tall throughout the whole Untied States by a man who does his work for the Lord and stands proud because he has done it with "honor and integrity". First Corinthians 13 sums up how we should be, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; abide in faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love". Rodney lived his life on these biblical teachings; if you knew him you know that. He is my brother for life. We have been in the same town together all of our lives. I have worked with him from the time I was 16 until now over 54 years. I have seen how he lived his life. Rodney knew from where his rewards would come." - Joe Bill Potter.
Services will be held as follows: *Social distancing and masks will be required in respect for the elderly* Visitation will be 4:00-7:00PM, Friday February 5, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43RD Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209 Services will be 1:00PM, Saturday February 6, at First Baptist Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205. The family would like to express our deep gratitude and high regard for Dr. Raul Correa, Rodney's primary care physician who has taken care of Rodney for almost 43 years and for his staff as well; for Dr. Thomas Degroat, Rodney's cardiologist; for Dr. Raul Castro, Rodney's Oncologist; for Dr. Joe Walsh who took care of Rodney in the hospital; for all of the staff at the cardiac step-down unit at Manatee Memorial and especially Priscilla who was with Rodney the night that Jesus called him home and who sat with him afterward holding his hand while the family was on their way to spend their last moments with him.
Rodney is predeceased by and now reunited with his mother and father, Gladys and Jodie, his infant son, Andrew, his brothers; Freddy and Tommy, his nephew, Jason; his son-in-law, Tom and his infant granddaughter, Ginger.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church of Bradenton. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.


Published by Bradenton Herald on Feb. 3, 2021.
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I just learned about this quote from Robert Louis Stevenson and thought how perfectly it fits Rodney:

The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)
Minnie Adele Potter
Spouse
July 14, 2021
Rodney Bridges Potter, a humble and loving man after God's Own Heart.

He was everything a husband, daddy and Big Daddy should have been; a loving son, brother, uncle and friend; a hero to many.

He was everything we could ever have wanted and more.
Minnie Adele Potter
Spouse
June 11, 2021
A true LEGION in the building material industry. More importantly a great MAN. I always enjoyed my time with Rodney with his many stories and sharing his wisdom. We will all miss him greatly.
Greg Turnage
Coworker
April 9, 2021
This is Minnie Adele Potter, Rodney's wife.

A heartfelt "Thank you" to all who have left such loving and thoughtful responses about Rodney, all straight from your hearts.

I am trying to find a mailing address for Paul and/or Alan Moore to thank the Moore Family for their floral arrangement but I have no address. I remember the times when they would bring their wonderful gumbo from Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant to Rodney at the lumber company office and he would bring it home. Having failed at all my efforts to obtain a way to contact them, I am resorting to leaving a message on this site.

Rodney was so much, and poured so much of himself into the many lives he touched, that he will be greatly missed. We have been greatly blessed and we are thankful that God shared him with us all for so many years. The loneliness of missing him is eased by the sure knowledge that I will see him again in Heaven. Rodney used to say, "I will close my eyes here and wake up in Heaven with Jesus." He was absolutely certain of the truth in Paul's words, "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."

May God bless each of you who have left such loving thoughts and prayers for our family.

Minnie Adele Potter
Minnie Adele Potter
Spouse
March 24, 2021
I chose my relationship with Mr. Rodney Potter as being his student because that is what he was to me. I met Rodney in 1989 when I was a 24 year old Plant Manager for Stark Truss and Wickes was our largest account. He was tough but fair and always treated me with respect even though I was so young. The lessons he taught me have stayed with me to this day. He always made time to meet with me even though he may have 2 phones in each ear talking to 2 other people while we met. He was an icon in Bradenton and I considered him a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Don Groom
Student
February 16, 2021
My Son's and I remember the man that stood proud and strong through the difficult days when we had a home at Rye bridge just along the Manatee River. It's amazing how after I relocated in Parrish and visited his office soon after that he shook my hand and asked how my Son's were doing
Rodney won't be forgotten and his faith and character is one never forgets.
My blessings to his family and may they know I thank the conversations Rodney and I had sitting at his office desk
Mickey Mikulis
Friend
February 15, 2021
I worked in the Florida market as a General manager in the same region as Rodney, he was always a joy to talk with and he had many good stories, I would always stop in his location and would spend a while talking about old times and he was always in good spirits. He will without a doubt be missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace Rodney and our condolences to his entire family.
David Gallagher
Coworker
February 8, 2021
To the Potter family, He will be remembered fondly. I am proud to say that we have been friends since the mid 60's. I know that he will relish his reunion with all of his family, who entered the gates before him.
Greg Imerman
Friend
February 7, 2021
Have never known a finer man
Bobby Lawton
Friend
February 7, 2021
I am so proud of Rodney and will miss him. I am grateful for his many and wonderful civic and charitable activities. He has been a wonderful example to all of us on how to live your life. My best wishes to his family who will greatly miss him as well.
Arthur Rowe
Friend
February 7, 2021
Mr. Potter,

You brought so many smiles and laughter into our clinic with each of your visits...i know it was hard for you, but you never complained. You made each person feel so special when you were the most special of all!! I have no doubt that when you entered Heaven, God said "Yes, I do know you...welcome home my son!!!"

I will miss you here, but look forward to seeing you again in Glory!!

With much love to you and your wonderful family!!!

Mattie Waters
Mattie Waters
February 7, 2021
Always prayed for me during my Journey,as he was going through his. May you rest in Peace with our our Lord above .
Char Elnahwy
Coworker
February 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Charlotte Elnahwy
Friend
February 6, 2021
Rodney was like family to me. I worked with 25 years and 13 years of I was his secretary. Rodney was a person that believed in helping others, he had lots of stories to tell. He was blessed with so much wisdom, teaching, love. HE loved his Lord, family, job, his employees, his customers. He was a great man and Will be missed by everyone that knew him.

AGNES DOUGLAS
Coworker
February 6, 2021
You may search the world, but you will never find a human with a bigger heart. Rodney loved, helped, respected, and treated all as family. I will forever miss your kind words, joyful smile, and wonderful stories. I am so glad to have worked with you and for you.
Love you and will miss you,
Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott
Coworker
February 6, 2021
As recipients of Rodney's kind generous heart we came to consider him family. We have precious memories of Rodney joining our family at the dinner table sharing stories about many generations of the Stintons!

Rodney effortlessly built up the self esteem of everyone he came to know by magnifying the good he recognized in their lives. He was always ready and willing to pray for you and your family.

Love knows no boundaries. While Rodney is no longer physically with us, he will forever be in our hearts. Mrs. Potter and family we pray for strength and comfort for each of you.

GOD BLESS!
LOVE Tim and Janet Stinton and Sons
Tim and Janet Stinton
Friend
February 6, 2021
Well done good and faithful servant. Our prayers are with Rodney’s family
Harry and Cindy Peterson
Friend
February 6, 2021
Our family, Rev. ( Bro.Bud GILLETT) who no doubt, was one who welcomed Rodney to his heavenly home, loved & was always shown love as we met this special man! He left all of us a pattern to live by! May we be faithful in doing so! Ms.VELMA, Darren & Michelle, Delena & Scott, Derek & all our children! Blessings on You, his loved ones !!!
Velma Gillett
Friend
February 6, 2021
My Dear Brother Rodney! I could write a book about the brief moment in time that we knew you, but I won't. The many years passed way too quickly, and suddenly our time here is gone. It seemed it was always that way when we were together. My family was so blessed when we came to meet you, and you befriended a washed up mullet fisherman and his family. I was honored when you proclaimed me as one of the Brothers. We were always made to feel as someone special when we were in your presence, and you always stopped whatever you were doing to spend time with us. If we went to the lumber yard you would put everything on hold to visit; regardless of who or what was going on; and always prayed for us before we left. When you went to the Island you always made time for us. When our daughter Carolynn graduated from nursing school you came to the party. When our son Jimmy built his house you made sure he got the best of materials. When our Grandchildren were born, you were sure they needed a pony, and Grandma Dorann needed a rocking chair! In my darkest hours you would stop everything you were doing, call me and pray for me and my wife. When people we should have been able to trust betrayed us, You were our Rock. When those who should have been close to us turned against us, you were there to hold us up. Out of the blue, You would call to check on me. It seemed that you were always doing for us, and we could do so little in return. In Short, you were always a True Friend, and a special part of our life, and you and your family will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. Your love of Dorann's yeast rolls, guava jelly, fresh mullet and mangoes will always be with us. I look forward to the day when we meet again, in a Land where We Will Never Grow Old. God Speed Brother, I know there is a Great Reunion taking place today, and I am so happy for you; Though my heart breaks for those of us left here. We Love You Brother Rodney!
Tim, Dorann, Jimmy, Carolynn, Randall and Robbie Dixon
Tim Dixon
February 6, 2021
He was my mentor, my friend, my rock in life. The most optimistic man to guide one through the many journeys in life. I will miss him on a daily basis and thank him for his true loving and sincere friendship that will be forever engraved in my heart.
Russell LeGrande
Friend
February 6, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Potter family. Rodney was a wonderful man and an inspiration to many.
John and Elaine Sands
Friend
February 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire family. I know how much you all love him. Sending hugs and prayers.
Miranda Shepard
Coworker
February 5, 2021
Miranda Shepard
Coworker
February 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire family!May god give you all strength ...until we meet again....your friend Shadrach
Shadrach Thien
Friend
February 5, 2021
A beautiful soul has passed and is lighting up Heaven with all his wonderful stories- Rodney will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him. We won’t be able to be at the viewing or service for him but we will be there in love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The tribute to Rodney is beautiful and well deserved. Bill and Pat Shirley
Bill Shirley
Friend
February 5, 2021
So sorry for the loss of our Big Daddy. He will always be in our hearts. Love you all very much. Sending hugs and many Prayers. I know your pain is very deep and it will take some time to carry on without him. He will be remembered always as a gentle,caring man.
Angela Craycraft
Friend
February 5, 2021
Dear Rodney, Thank you for being the keeper of the lost boys (and girls). Thank you for being present when you were present and holding everyone's heart in your heart. Thank you for helping us all to see where we fit in context to our personal history, because, of course, you knew our grandfathers, fathers, and then our children and grandchildren. You knew all our families of origin and reminded us of our place in the here and now and how our family's history shaped us into who we were to become. You had an ability to give a colorful and wonderful backdrop to each life lived and even when there were hardships and pain you were able to weave their stories with honor and respect and show how their life fit in the "big" story, whether it was your personal life story or maybe a family member's life story or in the broader historical picture of our community.

I am so glad you were a part of my life and a part of our family's story. You were truly one of God's special angels.

Kendra Barnebey Whitehead
Kendra Whitehead
Friend
February 4, 2021
Daddy, my precious, big, strong, wonderful daddy. I don’t know how to do this . You made me so tough, sweet, and you taught me so much my daddy, but I don’t know how to live without you. And I’m not feeling very tough at all. Thank you Jesus for letting daddy me my daddy. I know he’s with you Lord, but I was hoping you’d come back before he had to go away!!!! It just seemed like the perfect time, but obviously I was wrong. I’ll see you again someday daddy I know I will, but I’m going to miss everything about you until then. I feel like I’m just going to cry forever now. I don’t know what to do without you! You were my world, but I want you to be free & happy, daddy. So go be free... and happy. You deserve Heaven more than anyone I’ve ever known. You’ll always be my hero, Daddy. Omg I’m going to miss you soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love,
Your little girl
Elizabeth
Daughter
February 4, 2021
Rodney was like a Uncle to me like the rest of the brothers and you will be missed greatly by me and thousands of other people our prayers are with the family through this hard time.and i thank you for all the stuff you taught me and I "ll miss going down behind the house down to the river and throwing a whole pieces of bread in and watching those catfish eating them in one bite.RIP.you will be greatly missed Love Tom&Julie.
Tom& Julie Jacobs
Friend
February 4, 2021
Tom Jacobs
Friend
February 4, 2021
Rodney Potter was without a doubt one of the greatest men I have ever known. I have known Rodney for a little more than fifteen years. He made you feel like you were a part of his family as soon as you met him. He was a kind and gentle man. He was a true believer and follower of Christ. A more Godly man has never been born. He truly loved his family and enjoyed being with them. My condolences go out to each of you. You can rest assured Rodney is in Heaven and already adding his two cents worth. Knowing him these past few years has truly been a blessing in my life. He will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace dear friend I hope to see you again one day God willing.
Michael Turbeville, Sr.
Friend
February 4, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss... I didn't know Mr. Potter, but boy, what a great legacy to leave behind.. wow
Joan Bouknight
February 4, 2021
I was lucky to get to know Mr. Potter through my father Jackie Peebles. Mr. Potter and my father were life long friends and "Old School Manatee Boys". I loved when they got together and I could listen to their stories. I'm sure they are up in heaven right now talking about hunting, fishing and MHS Football from the Old Days. God Bless Rodney and His Family. Sincerely, Steve Peebles and the Peebles Family
Steve Peebles
Friend
February 4, 2021
Lee &Debbie & family Sly
Brother
February 4, 2021
The Lord used Rodney to teach every one that ever met him what love and grace is.We will be together sooner than we think and I am looking forward to that day I love you Brother Rodney,
Lee Sly
Brother
February 4, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
leroy bellamy
Friend
February 4, 2021
Worked for and with Rodney, Joe Bill, and Tommy at Wicks Lumber in the early seventies. Never a fairer or kinder person will be found. Sorry for your loss Joe Bill.
Mike Kirkby
Friend
February 3, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
It is because of Mr. Potter that I have been blessed with a lifetime best friend, his daughter Elizabeth. He has told me stories about my childhood I never knew. He had an incredible memory. He has always been there for me, no matter what. I know we will see him again one day. Until then, may he smile down upon us and watch over his family.
Becky Taylor
Acquaintance
February 3, 2021
I am heartbroken to hear of my dear friend Rodney’s passing. I started working for Rodney at Wickes Lumber in 1972. He taught me, and a hundred other people, everything we know about the lumber business and provided me with the opportunities to make a great future in the industry. The long list of great lumber people that he mentored speaks volumes on his guidance and love for teaching people and sharing his unparalleled knowledge of life, relationships and business. I think of Rodney as my big brother, friend, mentor and hero. He was a man among men that put others needs ahead of his own. Rodney will remain in my heart forever and I will think of him often. My condolences to Minnie Adel, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Joe Bill, David and the family. My thoughts and love are with you in this difficult time.
Sonny Calhoun
Friend
February 3, 2021
Heaven must be sweeter now. Rodney was one of a kind. We loved him very much. May God bless his family in their loss.
Jim and Sherry Pierce
James E Pierce
Friend
February 3, 2021
One of the finest human beings that I ever met,always there for our family,I can honestly say that there wasn’t a person on the face this of this earth that thought more of Rodney than my brother Sonny. Our condolences go out to your family God Bless Bobby and Cammy Woods(Bolte)
Bobby woods
February 3, 2021
Condolences to the family from the Moore family. Mr. Potter was such a great man, he always went out of his way to help others. I remember every time I went to the lumber yard with my dad we always brought him our famous seafood chowder. He will be missed
Paul Moore
Friend
February 3, 2021
I’m so sorry. Rebecca was one of my
best friends growing up in Myakka.
I loved spending the night at their home. He was such a kind gentle father and I always felt safe.
So sorry Rebecca.
Sheri Turner
Friend
February 3, 2021
My condolences to the family. My parents the Joe and Peggy Lively thought so highly of Mr. Potter. What a wonderful life story and impact he made in Bradenton.
Deborah Driggers
Friend
February 3, 2021
I was fortunate to work with Rodney at ProBuild and to visit him at his store twice. Everyone at ProBuild knew of Rodney and his outstanding reputation. He was more gracious in person and is an icon in the building materials industry. Please accept our condolences, Mark and Tris Ann Garboski.
Mark Garboski
Coworker
February 3, 2021
Rodney was a friend and confidant. He offered me the use of his beach house 9 years ago at a time I was in real need of some down time. I accepted and he allowed me to return every year with my family. I bought it from him in 2019 and treasure it. My children, grandchildren and I will hold him in our hearts forever. We have a reminder every time we ‘’Go on island. ‘’. I will miss him dearly
Marie McCaughan
Friend
February 3, 2021
As previously said, Rodney was "special". A kinder, gentler, thoughtful, unselfish person I have neve known. Minnie, I remember the "good old days" when you worked in the Professional building and I in the Court House. We always
lunched at Sharp's. God is watching over you now.
Elaine Snyder Haines
Friend
February 3, 2021
Nothing more could be said that wasn’t said in his obituary. Except Rodney was definitely one of a kind and so true to life. We’ve not only dealt with Rodney over the years but knew him as a friend! To say he will be missed is pale to the life he has lived. With much sadness we offer our deepest condolences to his family.
Jack and Ada Tolar
Friend
February 3, 2021
What a Wonderful man!! From our first meeting Rodney made me feel like I had known him all of my life, he shared so many stories of his childhood with me, God joined us together as friends and I look forward to meeting my friend again on the other side, I personally would like to thank his wonderful sweet wife for all the phone calls and texts, you all will always be in my prayers
Rev. Fletcher Lawson, Jr.
Friend
February 3, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Adele and family, when Rodney was born, they broke the mold, he was one of the finest people I have had the pleasure to know, Rest In Peace my dear friend. ZBOGOM
John Dukovac
Friend
February 3, 2021
Rodney will be in my heart forever, he was a good boss and the most decent human being I knew. God called his favorite angel home and I will miss him.
Susan Lyons
Friend
February 3, 2021
As a member of the Wickes Corporate office and a branch manager in 11 Wickes branches from 1966 to 1983, I knew Rodney and many of his legends during his management life. He ran the most profitable branch in the company. He made over a million dollars in sale in one week after a fire destroyed his Wickes Lumber Branch in Bradenton. He made Lemonade out of lemons. There are stories of him in a plane while flying to a Wickes Convention and stories about his attendance to a budget review at the Wickes Corporate Office. He was loved by all and respected by everyone. He was a man among men! RIP
Anthony Bosco
Anthony Bosco
Friend
February 3, 2021
May the family always feel His presence and comfort during this time. There will be rejoicing in Heaven.....tears of mourning on earth!
Don and Judy Ackles
Friend
February 3, 2021
In my 72 years on this earth, I never met or knew a finer man.
Don Meilner
Friend
February 3, 2021
A man of honor and God has passed away. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. Sue and I will pray for David and the entire Potter family in the time of their loss.
Terry and Sue Longpre
Acquaintance
February 3, 2021
It has been an honour to have worked for Rodney ! He lived a life of giving and led by example. Memories of Rodney will be shared at many tables for a long time.
Michael & Andrea Busch
Friend
February 2, 2021
I worked for Rodney for 32 years and know that he always considered me family, as I always considered him my second Dad. It was easy to feel close to all of the Potter boys. I spent may evenings just sitting and talking with Rodney at the lumber yard, he was always there for me and always a light in my life. This is the notice I was hoping never to see... All my best to Minnie Adele, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Joe Bill and David.
Jerry Smiley
Coworker
February 2, 2021
Worked with Rodney while GM at ProBuild Tallahassee. The world is short a great man with his passing but even after 42 years in this business my intention to grow up to be like Rodney one day. This is his legacy, and I am not alone in this endeavor. Rest in peace Rodney and my condolences to the 1000's in his family.
Tom Johns
Coworker
February 2, 2021
Our sincere condolences to family and friends of our Manatee County High School Class of 1954 Alumnus. In 2011, Rodney was chosen as our Outstanding Alumni and one of only 26 graduates to receive this prestigious honor. Rest in Peace Rodney - we'll miss you

Manatee High Alumni Association
Manatee High Alumni Association
February 2, 2021
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