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Jean Marie Potter, 69, teacher, activist, and radio personality of Atlanta rejoined our cosmic universe on Monday, October 3, 2022. She is looking forward to another amazing adventure. Jean began this life’s chapter on September 2, 1953, on Long Island NY, and enjoyed it immensely. Jean was a trendsetter. She was immersed in the local music scene, working at radio 

stations WRAS and WRFG in Atlanta, and attending concerts at Rose’s Cantina, which later became the premier alternative music venue, 688. She met Iggy Pop during one of his stints there and while sitting at the bar, she and a friend asked for his sock, which he obligingly gave to them. She misses her dear friends Ken Berg and David Barge from those times. Their favorite song by Barnes & Barnes – “Fish heads fish heads, Roly poly fish heads, Fish heads fish heads, Eat them up yum.” 

Jean performed groundbreaking work as one of the first female DSL installers at Bell South, climbing telephone poles and crawling underfloor spaces. Her nickname “Mean Jeanne” was a tribute to her strength and audacity.

Jean was a student, teacher, and mentor to many. She was dedicated to diversity, creating 

a curriculum for multicultural students at Kennesaw State. She also worked for Cobb County Schools in adult education and taught English as a second language. Jean is remembered by colleagues as a “genuine academe gem.” 

Jean was preceded in spirit by her loving parents Muriel Jean Potter and James A. Potter. She leaves behind her loving family, brother Rich Potter and his wife Beth; brother Jim Potter and his wife Miranda; and her brother Ken. She also leaves her nephews Jim Potter and Richie Potter; and nieces Alexandra Potter and Lauren Clark along with her grand-nephew Weston Kennedy. She fondly leaves behind her dear Uncle Richard Rodman of Manchester, NH, his wife Anne, and their three children. Jeanne leaves her loving cats to friends and family who will care for them as she did. 

As a closure to this obituary, Jean asked that two songs be included – “Willin’” by Lowell George, performed by Little Feat from the album, Sailin’ Shoes; and “One Hell of a Life”, performed by Katell Keineg from the album, Jet. The lyrics speak for themselves. 

If you wish to honor her memory in lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite cat or dog rescue organization.  If you do not have a favorite, please donate to Cat Rangers in Buford Georgia, at www.catrangers.org.

9 Comments To "Jean Potter"

F. X. Flinn On Oct 24 2022 at 10pm
Jeannie Jeannie, the girl next-door from my childhood, the girl next-door, who shared the trauma of JFK’s assassination with me that afternoon, whose competitive fire in kickball made me wonder why she didn’t want to play baseball, Jeanne, the girl next-door, who taught me hopscotch perhaps to make sure that my younger sisters saw a girl be better than me at something, or what a thrill it was to connect with you in late middle age, and discover how much our personal development went on in parallel overtime, jeannie, Jeannie, I will miss you!! Reply to this comment
Cherie K Miller On Oct 09 2022 at 9am
This story is from Jean’s friend Patti from Statesboro. Jean met Patti & her husband while attending college. Patti and Jean would talk on the phone every Sunday after Patty’s husband died. Also, Jean would visit the husband’s grave in Canton to deliver flowers and remember him since Patti was so far away. This is a little peek into Jean’s heart. Reply to this comment
Noemi Dumitrescu On Oct 08 2022 at 7am
Jean had both fire and wisdom and was one of the strongest people that I have had the honour to meet in this lifetime. She was a friend that was very dear to me and her departure left a lot of sadness. Although Jean is now gone, her spirit and determination live on and serve as an example of perseverance and constant growth. She was a person who never stopped becoming and evolving and never gave up despite all obstacles. My condolences to her family and close friends. Reply to this comment
Wray Burgess On Oct 07 2022 at 1pm
Jeanne, I am so grateful that you were a part of my life. We had some very deep and meaningful conversations and your vision and outlook changed my own. While I am saddened that you are no longer here with us, I know you are happier, pain-free, and feeling great and that brings me solace! Rest Peacefully, Dearest Jeanne! Reply to this comment
David King On Oct 07 2022 at 1pm
Jean was one of my best students. She was both eloquent and eccentric and always engaging. We talked for hours after many classes, and maintained a correspondence throughout the pandemic. Jean had so much depth and empathy; her emotional intelligence was remarkable. She was funny, and wise, and kind. My most sincere sympathies to all her friends and family. To quote Guadalcanal Diary, a great band from the Athens/Atlanta music scene we both loved, "Life goes on forever," Jean. "Life goes on." Reply to this comment
Sue Epstein On Oct 07 2022 at 1pm
Looking forward to going for a joyride in the big old Plymouth when we meet again on the other side. I'll bring the spiked punch you loved at my 1970 New Year's party! XOXO Reply to this comment
Lori Holliday Banks On Oct 07 2022 at 1pm
Rest In Peace, Jean. I remember our high school years fondly. You did indeed live “One Hell of a Life!” Keep the music playing on the other side! Reply to this comment
Joy Barge On Oct 07 2022 at 1pm
Jean was truly one of a kind and loved by my entire family. There will never be another like her. I’ll always remember her silly laugh and dry sense of humor. She will surely be missed. To her family, my sincere condolences Reply to this comment
Jasmine barner On Oct 06 2022 at 3pm
I miss you everyday ms jean. I will always cherish our time we spent together. I love you... until we meet again my dear friend... I miss you Reply to this comment
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