“George Underwood Potter was born September 28, 1878 at Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of Joseph Underwood and Mary Jane Potter. He was educated in the public schools of Bowling Green Kentucky and early in 1904 he came to Mobile, Alabama, where he established business connections and took up permanent residence. He was married on June 20, 1932 to Miss Ora Mae Simmons of Fruitdale, Alabama. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Mobile, Alabama.
Bro. Potter was initiated in Mobile Lodge No. 40 of Mobile, Alabama on December 15, 1919, passed January 19, 1920 and raised February 2, 1920. After having filled all the chairs in that Lodge, he was elected Worshipful Master in 1923. In the Grand Lodge of Alabama he served as District Lecturer for the years 1923 to 1926; as a member of the Committee on work from 1926 through 1935, and as Chairman of the Committee from 1931 through 1935. On December 4, 1935 he was elected Junior Grand Warden, was regularly advanced and on December 4, 1940 was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master.
He received the Capitular degrees in Mobile Royal Arch Chapter No. 21, of Mobile, Alabama as follows: Mark Master, Feb. 13, 1920, Past Master and Most Excellent Master February 20, 1920 and Royal Arch February 27,1920 He received the Cryptic degrees in Mobile Council of Royal and Select Master of Mobile, Alabama on June 3, 1920. He was knighted in Mobile Commandery of Knights Templar No 2 of Mobile, Alabama on Apr 2, 1920. He was a member of Birdie Winston Chapter No. 391, Order of the Eastern Star, of Mobile, Alabama from December 4, 1929 and served the Chapter as Worthy Patron for the years 1937 and 1938. He received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite from the Fourth to the Thirty-Second in the Bodies of the Rite in Mobile, Alabama in 1922. He received the honorary degree of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1925 and was coroneted a Thirty-Third degree Honorary Inspector General in 1933. He was a member of Abba Temple Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of Mobile, Alabama and has served in various capacities on the Divan.
Brother Potter died in Mobile, Alabama June 1, 1962 and was interred in Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, June 4, 1962, with Masonic Funeral Rites by the Grand Lodge.
Brother Potter was an enthusiastic Mason from the time of his initiation and was ever ready and willing to serve in any capacity. Because of his willingness to respond to every call, he was known, loved and respected throughout the State, and remained active to the last week of his life, physically, mentally and financially aiding the Lodge bearing his name, which he Instituted and Constituted for the Grand Lodge and lived to within the span of one day of witnessing the Corner-stone Ceremony thereof. It is estimated that he occupied the East in Raising more than 600 to the Sublime Degree….. Respectfully submitted, Ency F. Yeilding, Senior Past Grand Master of Alabama.