Blanche Woods Potts Harris was born May 15, 1919 in Kilgore, Texas to the late L. Bea and Eli Woods. She was born the fifth child out of a total of eight. All of her siblings have preceded her in death; Inez Woods, Onell Taylor, Sylbia Woods, Earlene Ector, Governor Woods, Doris Watson and Jacob Woods.
Blanche Harris graduated from Kilgore Colored High School and then married T. B. Potts and had four children. Three daughters, Cleal Neal (Dexter), Madie Lee Brown (preceded her in death) and Margaret Allen (Fred – deceased). She had one son Louis Potts (Tommie Jean – deceased) who also preceded her in death.
Blanche Harris lived in the “Tin Cup” section of Kilgore, before moving to Dallas, TX, where she later married her second husband Charles Harris. She moved to Berkely, California, where she joined her sisters and enjoyed 38 years living in the sunshine state. After the deaths of her husband and her sisters (Earlene and Onell), she moved back to Dallas with her sister Inez.
She was a fashionista; enjoying her glitter and glam. Blanche Harris was very stylish and loved wearing her matching suits, shoes, purse and especially her hats. Of course, she couldn’t do that without enjoying a shopping trip. She was also an immaculate housekeeper and when she visited her children, she would clean and rearrange their houses to her perfection. She was ahead of her time and set the standard for grace and poise. For her entertainment, she loved a great game of dominos and won many church picnic first place trophies.
She was a devout Christian accepting Christ at an early age at Corinth Church of Christ in Kilgore, Texas. Blanche enjoyed spending time at ladies’ day programs, even until the age of 98. She was an active participate in the Precious Hearts and Sunshine Visitation Ministries at Marsalis Ave Church.
Blanche Harris leaves a great legacy of over five generations; four children, six step-children, Ophelia Fullbright, Pastor Jerry Potts (Sandra), David Potts (Gloria), Roosvelt Potts (deceased), Katha Crenshaw, and Mary House (Jimmy). She was very proud of her 14 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and over 50 great, great grandchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and a host of friends spanning from California to Washington to Texas.
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