INDIANOLA — Funeral services for Mattie Potts, 85, of Indianola, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Gentry High School, Indianola, with Elder Henry Walker officiating. She died May 20, 2021, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola. Visitation will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.
Mattie Bell Potts was born March 16, 1936, to the late Aaron Black and Alice Bell Wilson, of Inverness. She was the eldest of eight children.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy, Ernest, Willie, Leroy, and George Eddie; and a sister, Annie Mae.
She has one remaining sibling, Mary Wilson, of Indianola. 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 II 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.”
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates; she looks well to the ways of her household, and eat 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, crochet 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 an inspirational speaker to encourage young women in the faith. She labored in God’s vineyard for over 70 years.
Mother Potts was the mother of 19 children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Charles Potts Sr.; two daughters, Betty J. Peppers and Sabrina Potts; and one son, Isaac Lee Potts.
She leaves to cherish her memory 16 children, Charlean (Wesley) Campbell, of DeSoto, TX, Patricia (Timothy Sr.) Batts, of Olive Branch, Charles (Linda) Potts Jr., of Minneapolis, MN, Priscilla (Peter) Fellows, of Brandon, Diann (Melvin) Warren, of Memphis, TN, Alice Potts, of Cypress, TX, James (Stacy) Potts, of Huntsville, AL, John (Pleshettah) Potts, of Huntsville, AL, Jacqueline (Curtis) Boddy, of Jackson, David (Velma) Potts, of Indianola, Jonathan Potts, of Cypress, TX, Timothy Potts, of Memphis, TN, Brandon (Angeletta) Potts, of Memphis, TN, Pretrina Potts, of Memphis, TN, Lydia (Daryl) Perry, of Olive Branch, and Shadrack (Camilla) Potts, of Indianola.