Services for Mattie Bell Potts of Indianola will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gentry High School. Burial will follow at Riverside Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Potts, 85, died Thursday, May 20, 2021 at South Sunflower County Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola, which is in charge of arrangements.
Elder Henry Walker will officiate at the services.
Mattie Bell Potts was born March 16, 1936 in Inverness to Aaron Black and Alice Bell Wilson. She was the eldest of eight children. On Dec. 18, 1954 at the age of 18, she married Elder Charles Potts Sr. and they lived together until his death on Jan. 15, 2012.
Mother Potts accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior during her teenage years. One pillar and guiding force in her life was 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; Behold, all things are become new.”
Proverbs 31:31, “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:27, “She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.” She has worked in various capacities since becoming a member of New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ. For many years she worked with the Sewing Circle – sewing, crafting, and quilting. Because of her willingness to work with her hands she also served as president of the Sewing Circle. She was a talented, industrious and creative Woman of God. She not only worked in the church, but she worked tirelessly to care for her children: sewing everything from clothes to winter coats, to wedding dresses, to tuxedos for prom and three-piece suits, baby clothes, crocheting keepsake blankets for grandchildren, flower arrangements for special occasions, corsages and fancy lap scarves. Mother Potts had an entrepreneurial spirit and created revenue streams to enhance her quality of life by operating her very own pop-up shop called Mattie’s Creation, where she sold all her creations (hair bows, lace socks, etc.). In addition, she made decorative accessories for the home by sewing, reupholstering furniture and crocheting. In her later years, she served as Mother’s Board president and president of the Prayer and Bible Band, as well as being an inspirational speaker to encourage young women in the faith. She labored in God’s vineyard for over 70 years.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Elder Charles Potts Sr.; two daughters, Betty J. Peppers and Sabrina Potts; one son, Isaac Lee Potts; her brothers; Jimmy, Ernest, Willie, Leroy and George Eddie; and a sister, Annie Mae.
Mother Potts was the mother of 19 children. She leaves to cherish her memory: 16 children, Charlean (Wesley) Campbell of DeSoto, Texas, Patricia (Timothy Sr.) Batts of Olive Branch, Charles (Linda) Potts Jr. of Minneapolis, Priscilla (Peter) Fellows of Brandon, Diann (Melvin) Warren of Memphis, Alice Potts of Cypress, Texas, James (Stacy) Potts of Huntsville, Ala., John (Pleshettah) Potts of Huntsville, Ala., Jacqueline (Curtis) Boddy of Jackson, David (Velma) Potts of Indianola, Jonathan Potts of Cypress, Texas, Timothy Potts of Memphis, Brandon (Angeletta) Potts of Memphis, Pretrina Potts of Memphis, Lydia (Daryl) Perry of Olive Branch and Shadrack (Camilla) Potts of Indianola; one remaining sibling, Mary Wilson of Indianola; 42 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.