Edith "ILONA" Poteat

  • Born: February 2, 1927
  • Died: April 19, 2018
  • Location: Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services

1251 US Highway 221A
Forest City, NC 28043

Tel. (828) 657-6383

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She Loved to Rescue Animals

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Edith by adding your memories and photos.

Edith "Ilona" Poteat, age 91, of Rutherfordton, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her residence.
Born February 2, 1927 in Essen, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ullrich Reichel and Marie Scharf Reichel. Ilona met the love of her life, U.S. Army Major Otis Yates Poteat in Germany during the post war construction era and was blessed with forty-nine years of marriage until his death. She also played semi-professional golf and won several championships in the State of Texas. Ilona also took pleasure in gardening and loved animals. She was actively involved in taking in and raising "rescue" dogs.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one brother, George Reichel and sister, Ann Hartig.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews which includes her great-niece and caregiver, Gloria Henson of Rutherfordton.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Lanny J. Funchess officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. A private burial be held in Eternal Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Rutherford County Human Society, PO Box 998, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or http://rutherfordcountyhumanesociety.org


Condolence & Memory Journal


My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially my long-time friend Gloria Henson.

Posted by Katie Lowdermilk - Forest City, NC - Friend   April 21, 2018

Ilona was an amazing woman. I am blessed to have known her and I loved and admired her greatly.

Posted by Suzette Davidson Rutherford - Winter Springs, FL - Family   April 20, 2018

We remember fondly the experiences and fellowship we had over the past many years with aunt Ilona and uncle Yates. Ilona was a very talented cook and prepared some wonderful German dishes which we enjoyed with her and Yates at various times. For years we shared each others company as we celebrated a birthday together or on special holidays. We had the opportunity to enjoy many rounds of golf with Uncle Yates and Ilona over the years. She will be missed but hopefully we may meet again in a better world to come.

Posted by Charles & Faye Rich - St. Robert, MO - Family   April 20, 2018

So sorry I can't be there, my thoughts and prayers are sent from Missouri.

Posted by Susie Johnson - MO - Family   April 20, 2018


Rest in Peace. Shalom, from Catherine Land (Faye Rich's daughter)

Posted by cathy LAND - cherryville, NC - Family   April 20, 2018

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