Stephen E. Potter

Stephen E. Potter

Sunday, July 14th, 1963 - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
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Mr. Stephen Earl Potter, age 56, of Silver Point, TN passed away Tuesday morning August 20, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Steve was born July 14, 1963 in Syracuse to the late Delores Anderson Potter and Leslie Potter of Syracuse.

He was a member of Teamsters Local 317, driving truck for Chemical Leaman and then Saunder's Concrete prior to moving to Tennessee.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, April Ruebsamen; son, Stephen (fiancé, Chris Yanulavich) Potter; brother, Les (Sally) Potter; two sisters, Ginny (Mike) Debottis and Jackie Potter; two grandchildren, Raeann and Robert Indick; and step-daughter, Rebecca Dewey, all of Syracuse, NY.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Potter.

Calling hours will be held 11am-1pm on Sunday, August 25 at Eaton-Tubbs Funeral Home, 7191 E Genesee St, Fayetteville.

  In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to American Stroke Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.
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    Sunday, August 25th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Sunday, August 25th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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Anne Marmon

Posted at 08:26pm
April, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Sparrow

Posted at 11:55am
Hi April, I am so sorry for the loss of sad & such a shock. He was such a nice, nice person. I'm Lisa's mom & I have fond memories of Steve up at the lake when the kids were little. I am so grateful to you & Steve for taking Lisa in during the hurricane. She said you both were so welcoming & accommodating & she will be forever impacted by your kindness. I wish I had the chance to thank Steve personally as well. You formed a nice friendship with Lisa & she is devastated by his loss. Again, so sorry for your loss. Keep fond memories with you forever. Sincerely, Nancy

Chris Yanulavich

Posted at 06:33pm
Death is always a surprise. No one expects it. Not even terminal patients think they are going to die in a day or two. In a week, maybe. But only when this particular week is the next week.
We are never ready. It is never the right time. By the time it comes, you will not have done all the things that you wanted to. The end always comes as a surprise, and it’s a tearful moment for everyone. 
It was no different with Steve. In fact, his death was even more unexpected. He was young. Way too young. He was not a musician and or a famous person. He was a common man, and a good man. But, death doesn’t pick its victims.

He was both firm and fun. Someone who would call his son out of the blue. A person who would love you even if he didn’t agree with you. A father like that is someone to be missed.
Although we knew he was sick, we never expected he was going to go this soon. 
Steve was just a common man. But his words had a great impact on his son, Stephen. They were words that carried more wisdom than all of years of his life.
Steve followed Stephen through his entire life. He was with him, even though he was not near him. His words did what no one else could: they gave him strength  to overcome countless challenging moments in his life. He would always find a way to put a smile on his face when things looked grim, or clear his mind during those angry moments.

He made Stephen realize that we care too much about things that don’t matter much. I fondly remember when Steve purchased his new dream truck the puppies chewed his seatbelts in the back seat. I remember Stephen saying OMG Dad. Steve replied “Ahhh why sweat it? I can buy new ones.” If there is anything we can take from this tragedy it is this. Live life to the fullest and do not sweat the little things in life. Take the time to enjoy each other’s presence even when we have had a hard day at work or home, laugh often and tell the ones you love that you do love them as we sometimes forget how meaningful these few words mean to one another, and most of all do not go to bed mad at one another. This is truly the legacy Steve would want all of us to live by.

What would Steve say to Stephen and April now? Probably something like this. I had a brief life, but lived a good life. I was as your father and the husband of April. What else could I ask for? It gave me peace of mind. Now, you both do the same. Have a happy life! My advice for you: you don’t have to be afraid. Be yourself, I will always be with you.

PS: I miss you all and love you always

Kerstin Neuman Forbes

Posted at 09:31am
May you rest in peace in Steve, you will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with April, Stephen jr, and the entire Potter family. Love always from the Darren and Kerstin Forbes

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