Jimmy Poteet, 70, of Etowah, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Born in McMinn County, Jimmy was a son of the late Rev. Luther and Pearl Poteet. He was the sixth of their 12 children and received a Christian mountain country upbringing in the Reliance and Delano communities of Polk County. His early employment was at the Delano Hosiery Mill in Delano and Benton Manufacturing in Benton, and later at Economy Rentals in Cleveland. With no children of his own, Jimmy was a favored uncle to his 20 nieces and nephews, as he often behaved as one of them, playing board games, teaching them croquet, giving them birthday parties and more. Jimmy was very unique and talented and he taught himself to crochet beautiful doilies, afghans, shawls, capes, hats, scarves, etc. He blessed many of his family and friends with gifts of his precious handmade items and also sold many at local craft fairs and through word of mouth. Ever faithful to God, his Christian beliefs, moral values, and his place of worship, Jimmy was a longtime member of Cambria Baptist Church in Etowah. He was loyal and loving to his fellow church members and they were very loving and kind to him. They truly showed him Godly love. Jimmy also often attended special services, revivals and singings at churches all around the region, especially those in Reliance where he had grown up. Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Luther Poteet; mother, Pearl Bramlett Poteet; sister, Mary Lou Poteet Chastain; and four brothers, Billy Poteet, Ray Poteet, Johnny Poteet and Steve Poteet. Left to cherish his memory are four brothers, Roy (Robin) Poteet of St Cloud, Fla., Rodger (Charlotte) Poteet of Harrison, Paul Poteet of Trenton, Ga., and Kenny (Sheryl) Poteet of Helena, Mont.; two sisters, Carolyn Poteet Wilson of Cleveland, and Dianne Poteet of Benton; and sister-in-law, Darlene Poteet of Cleveland. Jimmy will be cherished and missed by a large family of nieces, nephews, Poteet and Bramlett cousins, and a host of friends, neighbors, fellow church members and co-workers. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Cambria Baptist Church in Etowah with Pastor Matthew Watson officiating. Interment will be held following the service in Delano Community Cemetery in Delano with his nephews serving as pallbearers. His family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at Cambria Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed to the Etowah Area Senior Citizens Center, 435 Cooper St., Etowah, TN 37331; or the Happy Hearts Seniors, P.O. Box 213, Benton, TN. Send a message of comfort and view the Poteet family guest book at www.HigginsFuneral.com Arrangements have been entrusted to Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

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