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John Ivan Potter

1962 - 2021

Mt. Hope, WV


John Ivan Potter was born on February 23, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan to his parents John Morgan and Mildred (Mays) Potter.  He passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in Mt. Hope at the age of 59.

John is preceded in death by his parents John and Mildred Potter.  He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Deborah "Debbie" Ann Potter; children Josh Hooper, Jeremy Hooper, James Hooper, Johnny Potter, and Crystal Potter; grandchildren Kyra Lee, Willow and Briar Hooper; and many extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.

John and his wife operated the historical Mountainair Hotel in Mt. Hope as the Haunted Hotel for over 7 years.  It was through this interaction within the community that John became a tremendous influence on the younger generation.  He loved getting together with his family and friends and enjoyed online gaming.

A memorial celebration of John's life will be held at a later date in Pax.  Words of comfort may be offered to the family by visiting  Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center has been entrusted with cremation arrangements and are honored to serve the family.


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Debbie Potter

July 15, 2021 9:00 AM

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers.  John was our rock in our family and we all counted on him to for his strength and support.  He lived his life like a wild ride, always eager to jump into a project feet first. He took his family along for the ride and we will have a lifetime of experiences and memories to carry us through. Hope you are in heaven seeing all the friends and family we have lost over the years. Love you my best friend, my husband, John Potter

Uncle Phil and Aunt Pat Potter

July 13, 2021 1:22 PM

A light has been been extinguished that will never be lit again.  We will miss all of those calls with Johnny's concern about our health, if we have power, if we have been flooded out, etc.
Sending our love, prayers, concerns, and thoughts to all of you.
We are here when you may need us.
Uncle Phil and Aunt Pat

Uncle Phil and Aunt Pat Potter

July 13, 2021 1:09 PM

Johnny will be missed.  His telephone calls to make sure no one was ill or checking to make sure were ok or that the floods hadn't washed us out or that we had power.
A candle has been extinguished that can't be replaced.
Much Love and many thoughts and prayers are being sent your way and of course, all of our sympathies.
Uncle Phil and Aunt Pat

William Jennings

July 12, 2021 8:25 PM

Man, this was really a gut-punch to hear about this 2 days ago. John was awesome. I'm 33 now and I'd known John since I was 18 years old, first meeting him during the first ever Haunted Hotel in 2006 in Mount Hope, WV. I stuck with it for the next 5 Haunted Hotels in October each year. I think it was the final one in 2012 that I missed. John was easy to get along with and talk to. He was really funny and hip on computer technology to a certain degree. I had a lot of fun partying with him and having some drinks together. He lived life according to his own accord and that's admirable. Through him, I was able to make friends with Adam Patrick, John Jr., & Jimmy Hooper. He'll be sorely missed.

Brenda Ernst

July 12, 2021 3:36 PM

I have so many memories with John Ivan. They all bring a big smile to my face. He was so much fun. He will be missed. I will cherish our last conversation together. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to Debbie the kids, and the rest of the family. God bless you all! Much love! Rest in Heaven, Johnny! Love you! ❤

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