Alice Katherine
(Kay) Potter

Alice Katherine (Kay) Potter, VPA award winning reporter and wife of former Culpeper Star-Exponent owner Walter Potter, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery Friday, July 17.

Mrs. Potter passed away peacefully at her home in Naples, Fla. Oct. 16 at the age of 100.

She and her husband owned and operated the Star-Exponent from 1952 to 1978. Mr. Potter also formerly owned the Independent-Messenger in Emporia, the Richlands News-Press, the Tazewell News and the Saltville Progress. Mr. Potter, 1960 VPA President, died in 1994.

During her time in Culpeper, Mrs. Potter was elected to the Culpeper town council and also headed multiple civic organizations such as the Red Cross.

Statewide, she was active in Virginia Press Women and was an early supporter of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Born in Louisville, Ky., in 1919, the former Kay Hudson grew up in Nashville, Tenn., where she was graduated from Hume-Fogg High School in 1935 and attended the George Peabody College for Teachers.

Later, she worked in Washington, D.C., where she met Mr. Potter. After they were married in 1942, Mr. Potter left for service in World War II while Mrs. Potter studied at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. Potter moved to Naples, Fla., in 1981. In Naples, Mrs. Potter was a founder and president of the Mangrove Action Group and a columnist for the Pelican Bay Post. She was named the first Pelican Bay Person of the Year.

Mrs. Potter is survived by two sons, Walter Brown Potter Jr. of Falls Church, Va., and Robert Mclean Potter of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Vivian Herman of West Hartford, Conn.; two grandchildren, Page Potter of Charlottesville, Va., and Christina Potter, Baltimore, Md.; a nephew, Terence Herman of Edmond, Okla.; a niece, Dawn Herman of Norfolk, Mass.; two great nieces, Erica Saunders of Tucson, Ariz., and Daniela Herman of Edmond, Okla.; a great nephew, Kyle Herman of Austin, Texas; and five great-great-nephews.

Mrs. Potter will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband. The funeral begins at 1 p.m. Consult for details including Covid-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family prefers donations be made to the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. The School may be contacted by phone at (410) 955-4284 or on its website,