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Famous People from Potter County Texas
 
John AyersJohn Ayers

John Ayers was born April 14, 1953 in Carrizo Springs Texas. He played college football at West Texas A&M University in Canyon and went on to play as an NFL offensive lineman from 1977 through 1987 for the San Francisco 49's and the Denver Broncos.

Amarillo SlimAmarillo Slim

Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. (December 31, 1928 – April 29, 2012, known as Amarillo Slim, was a professional gambler known for his poker skills and proposition bets . . . more about Amarillo Slim

Paul Buentello (The Headhunter)Paul Buentello

Born January 16, 1974 in Amarillo, Texas, he attended Caprock High School with well known UFC fighter Evan Tanner. Buentello is a professional mixed martial artist . . . more

Gail Caldwell - Author and Pulitzer Prize WinnerGail Caldwell

Caldwell was born in Amarillo Texas on January 20, 1951. She is the former chief book critic for The Boston Globe, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and author of A Strong West Wind, a memoir of life growing up on the Texas Panhandle . . . more about Caldwell

Cyd CharisseCyd Charisse

Born Tula Ellice Finklea March 8, 1922 in Amarillo, Texas. Her dance talents led her to stardom in multiple Hollywood musicals . . . more about Cyd

Colby CarthelColby Carthel

Born August 29, 1976 in Floydada Texas. he was the defensive coordinator for his father and former West Texas A&M University head coach, Don Carthel, from 2006 to 2012 in Canyon Texas.  . . . more about Colby Carthel

Ann DoranAnn Doran

Born in Amarillo, Texas July 28, 1911. During her career Doran appeared in more than 500 motion pictures and 1,000 episodes of television shows . . . more about Ann Doran

Joe Ely from Lubbock County TexasJoe Ely

Born in Amarillo February 9, 1947, Ely spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Monterey High School more about Joe Ely

Ron Ely - TarzanRon Ely

Ron Ely was born in Hereford Texas on June 21, 1938. He was raised in Amarillo where he attended Amarillo High School. Best known for his portrayal of Tarzan in 1966 . . . more

Jimmie Dale GilmoreJimmie Dale Gilmore

Gilmore is a native of the Texas Panhandle, born May 6, 1945 in Amarillo and raised in Tulia and Lubbock, Texas, he is a musician, actor, and producer more about Gilmore

Howard D. GravesHoward D. Graves

Howard Graves graduated from Amarillo High School in 1957. . . . more about Lieutenant General Graves

J. Evetts Haley

After he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from West Texas Normal College in Canyon, Texas Haley was named field secretary of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society. He was a Texas political activist, historian and author . . . more J. Evetts Haley

Laura Vernon Hamner - AuthorLaura Vernon Hamner

An author, ranch historian, radio commentator, educator, and public official from the Texas Panhandle who was known informally in her later years as "Miss Amarillo", a reference to her adopted city of Amarillo, Texas . . . more about Laura Hamner

William Curry HoldenWilliam Curry Holden

 Holden studied Texas history at West Texas Normal College (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon, Texas. In 1937 he became the first director of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. Holden authored . . . continued

Rick Husband - Astronaut from Amarillo TexasRick Husband

Rick Husband was born July 12, 1957 in Amarillo Texas. A graduate of Amarillo High School and Texas Tech, he was an astronaut and traveled into space twice. He died on his second mission when the Columbia disintegrated over Texas during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Carolyn JonesCarolyn Jones

Born in Amarillo April 28, 1930, Carolyn attended Amarillo High School.

Her film career ran from 1952 to 1979. Best known for her role as Morticia in the Addams Family, she won an Academy Award for her role in The Bachelor Party in 1957 and a Golden Globe Award in 1958  . . . read more

Jesse Powell

Born in Matador, Texas in 1947. He played for West Texas A&M in Canyon Texas. He was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins from 1969 to 1973 and played in three Super Bowls. more about Powell

Buck RamseyBuck Ramsey

He enrolled in what is now West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas and worked as a cowboy on ranches in the area while continuing his education until 1962 . . . continued

Evan Tanner MMA FighterEvan Tanner

Evan Tanner was born in Amarillo, Texas February 11, 1971. A graduate of Caprock High School, he was a mixed martial arts fighter, former UFC Middleweight Champion and the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

Paula TrickeyPaula Trickey

Born in Amarillo March 27, 1966 Paula Trickey has starred in many TV movies and popular television series. She is known for her role on the series Pacific Blue

 
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Books about Potter County, Amarillo Texas

In the Cattle Country: History of Potter County, 1887-1966

A Strong West Wind: A Memoir

Cowboy Justice: Tale of a Texas Lawman

Whistling Willie from Amarillo, Texas

Chickens in the Attic: MEMORIES 1934-1949, Growing Up in Amarillo

Blessèd Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived

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Potter County Unclaimed Estates

Potter County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of Potter County Left a total $507,046 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs. Know the Heirs? Let them know they can collect from the Texas Comptroller's Office. See the List

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