Graveside services for Katherine Potter Tarwater are incomplete at this time. Interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery in McMinnville. Mrs. Tarwater died Saturday morning, Oct. 13, at Sterling House Assisted Living in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born April 29, 1912 in Sparta, to the late Kate Debrell Potter and Kelly Frederick Potter.
She married Henry Tipton Tarwater in 1942, whom she met at LMU, and was a graduate of TTU in Cookeville. She started her career as a librarian at William Biles Elementary School in McMinnville, and after living there for many years, she and her husband moved to Cocoa, Fla., where she became librarian at Brevard College, while her husband worked at Cape Canaveral. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Her nieces quote that “Aunt Kitty was the life of the party, and was well known for her quick wit.”
Her family includes two nieces, Robbie Stephens and husband Robert of Knoxville, Nancy Potter Newby of Cookeville; great-nieces and nephews include Susan Harris Shannon and husband Meredith of Memphis, Russell Rhea Harris and wife Pam of Cookeville, Kate Newby Martin of Columbia, Francie Newby Owens and husband Robert of Franklin, George Albert Ralston III and wife Sandy of Jacksonville, Fla., and Foyt Tipton Ralston and wife Kellie of Tuscalousa, Fla., and devoted friend and caregiver, Gertrude Ralston Harvey of Jacksonville; eight great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Tipton Tarwater, brother Rhea Dibrell Potter, sister Frances Potter Ralston, and nephew George Albert Ralston Jr.
Charles Breakfield of Rockledge Church of Christ in Cocoa Fla., will conduct the service. Please contact High's Funeral Home in McMinnville for details (931)473-4747.
Information provided by Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 17, 2012