BELZONI — Harrel Burnon Potter was born on March 1, 1938, in Leflore County to Kearney and Burnie Potter. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley Potter Holmes, and brothers Mac Potter and Rickey Potter. Harrel passed away on Nov. 5, 2019, at home after a long illness.

Harrel was born in Swiftown, the oldest of six children. After graduation from Greenwood High School, he married Rose Blount of Sidon and moved to Belzoni. Over the years, he built an impressive business. Starting out with grocery stores, he eventually added catfish farming to his resumé, an industry he loved. The proudest moment of his professional life was being named Catfish Farmer of the Year. He was a member of the JayCees, was on the board of Guaranty Bank & Trust, and served as president of Delta Pride. He often said his work was his hobby. Harrel was a true gentlemen, a devoted husband and a proud parent of two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His generosity and support of local organizations will always be remembered.

He is survived by two sisters, Barbara (Earl) Hoke of Belzoni and Sandra (Otis) Briggs of Wayside. He is survived by the love of his life for 62 years, Rose Lanelle Potter; two daughters, Tamra (Glenn) Helms of Belzoni and Ann Potter of Saint Petersburg, Florida; three grandchildren, Austin (Philip) Gustin-Helms of Saint Petersburg, Florida, Chelsea (Bryan) Burge of Inverness and Ethan Helms of Nashville, Tennessee; and, to his delight, two great-grandchildren, Hannah Rose Burge and Thomas James Burge of Inverness. 

Services will be held Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Belzoni. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. with the services to follow at 2. Interment will be in Belzoni City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Humphreys Academy, P.O. Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038; Belzoni City Cemetery, 506 Sharkey Street, Belzoni, MS 39038; or a charity of your choice. 

Mortimer Funeral Home of Belzoni has been entrusted with the services.

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