A Plea to Save Grandpa's Home!

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Jaclyn Fraley

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91-year-old WWII Vet told to “Hit the Road, Jack!” John “Jack” Potter, age 91, is being evicted from the Zaleski, Ohio home he built and lived in for 56 years. John is WWII vet havin... more


Updated posted by Jaclyn Fraley 3 months ago

Last night at 6:40pm Grandpa left us to shine among the stars of heaven. I was at his side and holding his hand as he slipped away. He will forever be in our hearts and watching over us. Grandpa was the smartest, strongest and bravest man I have ever known and my world will never know another like him again.

I am forever thankful to everyone here who donated and allowed Grandpa to spend the last months of his life in peace and secure in his home. It meant the world to us.



Updated posted by Jaclyn Fraley 3 months ago

It is a very Merry Christmas! Grandpa and I wanted to take moment to thank everyone here for the gift of this Christmas Day. It was because of you that Grandpa is spending Christmas in his home, warm and snug, enjoying a visit from his son Joe. There were many times this year we didn't think today, spending Christmas at home, was going to happen, but all of you made it happen. Grandpa told me he is having a wonderful and joyous Christmas day and he feels stronger today than he has in a while.

Grandpa and I are so thankful for each and everyone of you every day. You gave Grandpa the most amazing gift this year and we are forever greatful.

Please keep checking in on Grandpas Facebook page for updates, pictures and videos. You don't have to have a Facebook page to see his page and updates. https://www.facebook.com/GrandpaJohnJPotter

Merry Christmas to all and to all a wonderful night!


Updated posted by Jaclyn Fraley 7 months ago

Here is a link to the news story that ran tonight.

You are all so wonderful. I can never say Thank-You enough!


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Created by Jaclyn Fraley on April 15, 2013

91-year-old WWII Vet told to “Hit the Road, Jack!”

John “Jack” Potter, age 91, is being evicted from the Zaleski, Ohio home he built and lived in for 56 years. John is WWII vet having served in active combat in The Aleutian Islands campaign. In addition to his service to his country, he is also a former Sheriff of Vinton County, Mayor of Zaleski, Ohio, a retired chief train dispatcher from the B&O railroad, and a 65 year Master Freemason.

On Sunday, February 3, after a visit with his 64-year-old son, who has been severely disabled since birth with Austism, John was served eviction papers by the home’s owner, Janice Cottrill. Janice is the only daughter of John Potter.

In 2004 John's daughter Janice used her power of attorney to transfer his house into her name, as a gift to herself. The rest of the family discovered the transfer in 2010, after Janice tried to wrongfully have John declared legally incompetent and force him into a nursing home against his will. After his family had the wrongful guardianship removed, John, being legally competent, filed a motion to reverse the transfer, since legally a power of attorney is not allowed to "self-deal" or give gifts to themselves from the person or estate in which they have power of attorney. While the Vinton County Common Pleas Court ruled in John’s favor, a subsequent ruling from the Fourth Appellate District Court, reversed the ruling in John's favor stating, the statue of limitations for reversing the transfer was 4-years and had expired. The decision was awarded in the Cottrill's favor only by benefit of time, not because it was right.

Janice and Dean Cottrill have voiced their intentions to sell the house that John Potter built and in which he currently resides. January 29, 2013 the Cottrill's filed with the Vinton County Courts to have John evicted and forcibly removed from his home. On April 22, 2013 John will have to appear in Vinton County Court and will be ordered by the court to vacate his home of over half a century. No matter how wrong any judge may feel the eviction to be, the courts are powerless to stop this eviction. It is a sad day in our society, when there are no laws that can protect the rights and home of a 91 year man. John Potter just wants to live what remaining life he has left in the home he built with his wife, in which he raised his family, and has lived for the last 56 years.

The efforts of the family to convince Janice to allow John to live out his life in his home have failed. Janice states she needs the money, so the old man must go.

I am John’s granddaughter Jaclyn. I am asking for your help to raise enough money to buy back his home. While the last thing I want to do is pay my mother any money for the pain and anguish she has caused my grandfather, if it will save his home, I will do anything. If 125,000 people read this and 125,000 people donate simply $1, or just 6,250 people donate $20, I will be able to buy him back his home. Anything raised above the cost of the house will go to paying for in home care and anything else he might need. Any donation you can give helps, please help my grandfather enjoy what time he has left in the home he built, which holds his memories of a full and wonderful life.

Please Help Grandpa!


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Please know that your story and your love for your Grandpa truly touched me. I had a very similar relationship with my own Grandpa who I lost 17 years ago. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you have the same opportunity to remember him, the way you helped me remember mine. Love and prayers to you. You are a beautiful soul.

posted by Bree Ellman 3 months ago

Awww so sorry about your grandpa.

posted by Frank Galpin 3 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa, the best part of him lives in you. Thank you for inviting us into your lives. I hope you stay in touch with your internet family.

posted by Suzanne Caubet 3 months ago

I am sorry to hear of Grandpa's passing, but so happy that he was able to live the last months of his life in his own home, thanks to you, Jaclyn, and all those who donated to his cause. He is truly At Home now. God bless you, Jaclyn for your love and faithfulness.

posted by Charlene Free 3 months ago

My condolences to you and your family. I

posted by Priscilla Sharpe 3 months ago

All you did for him to stay in his home till he took his last breath will help with the pain and sadness Jaclyn. I'm sad and offer you my condolences and prayers. My dad passed a year and a half ago and this is the only cause that I've ever contributed to. God Bless You,

posted by Rosa Walsh 3 months ago

What a gift it is to know you both. The world is beautiful because you reminded me what humanity really means. I am in tear, and joy that Grandpa Potter had you to stand for him. Good luck. Take good care of yourself. May God bless you too, Jaclyn.

posted by Victor Yan 3 months ago

You are an angel...I too am in tears. My condolences to you and God Bless you. Your grandpa got to spend his final days in his home.

posted by Christine Duran 3 months ago

I am almost in tears; like I know Grandpa Potter personally. You haven't mentioned what you are going to do with his house now that he's found eternal peace. I'm sure we'd all love to know that you're going to do something inspirational with it. God bless you, again, for all you did to make your grandfather's final months happy and peaceful.

posted by Shannon Lawson 3 months ago

In tears. I'm speechless over how amazed I am with how much you've accomplished to retain your beloved grandfather's dignity. I'm sure he is so proud of you, still. I want to say so much, but I'll leave you with this: I'm glad he found peace, both with your help, in life, and in crossing over. May you be blessed with peace, health, and long life

posted by David Cameo 3 months ago

I am crying! I am happy he got to pass with his home but sad he didn't get to live in it for very long. And sad because he was such a good sweet man. So sorry for your loss. I'm sure your going to miss him.

posted by Tiana Chavez 3 months ago

Jaclyn, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful granddaughter you are. You are truly blessed and I know your grandfather is looking over you. God Bless you!

posted by Lynn Montemuro 3 months ago

Jaclyn, I am really sorry. I'm so glad you and your grandfather were able to spend these last days together at home. You are the best granddaughter a grandfather could ever have. God Bless you both.

posted by John Knapp 3 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy that he had you by his side and standing up for him in the face of injustice. What a blessing you have been to him! What a blessing to have had such a grandfather! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

posted by Claudia Wa'ar 3 months ago

You were such a blessing to your grandfather. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God continue to bless you.

posted by Malaura Pannoni 3 months ago

Jaclyn, I am so happy that your Grandpa was able to die in his own home and I know he is eternally grateful to you for making that possible. My sincerest condolences to you. I know he died a happy man. God will bless you in many more ways, Jaclyn. Love to you.

posted by Laurel Harper 3 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jaclyn. Thank you for sharing him with us.

posted by Frank Federspiel 3 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. But you should feel good knowing you gave your grandfather the best story ending he could have had written. Good thoughts and prayers go out to you. Be strong. Take care.

posted by Laura Kangas 3 months ago

May God bless both of you, as you deal with your loss, and Grandpa rejoices at being in God's kingdom. What a blessing you were to him!

posted by Laura Thompson 3 months ago

The love and integrity you have both showed are nothing short of inspiring and beautiful. Ms. Farley, the way you stepped up to take care of such an amazing man puts you in a league of your own. If people like yourselves don't deserve happiness then nobody does. Please keep posting stories a pbout your lives together because they are way too amusing not too. And know that there are thousands of people out here who will support you anytime you need it.

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James Sueker

11 months ago


United States Navy, 1975-1981 Nobody gets to pull this crap on a fellow veteran. This is all I can afford right now, but you are more than welcome to it.



Mikayla Hintz

11 months ago


I am in the Navy and I would just like to say thank you for your service. You deserve that house and every ounce of money that is being donated. I promise to donate more once I get my next paycheck. And I am going to share this page and your story with all of my military friends. Thank you once again.




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Azra Freas

11 months ago


I know how rough things can be and I hope the you are able to raise the money for your grandpa. Don't give up hope and keep the Lord in your hearts. I know it's not much but I know every little bit adds up. You are in my prayers.



Duncan Fraser

11 months ago


Much love from the UK



John Lawson

11 months ago


Sending payment in my Grandfather's name, who passed away some years ago. He was also a veteran, so I wanted to send along something small on his behalf.



Kim Rider

11 months ago


Good luck and God bless!




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Heather DiEgidio

11 months ago


What a wonderful turnaround! Love his hat, as my father was a WWII Vet. Best of luck!!


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