NEWPORT NEWS - David Ernest Potts, age 91, a resident of the Chesapeake Retirement Center, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at Riverside Hospital of complications resulting from a fall.|
He was born Jan. 8, 1919, in Elizabeth City County, Va., the son of David Potts and Hazel McCord Potts. Except for a period of time in his youth when he lived with his parents in the Panama Canal Zone, he lived his entire life on the Peninsula and in Isle of Wight County. Mr. Potts graduated from Cristobal High School, Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone and attended the University of Virginia, Newport News Extension. Afterwards he was employed at Newport News Shipbuilding until his induction into the United States Army during World War II. During his tour of duty he served in the Philippines Liberation Campaign and was awarded a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was among the first troop unit that arrived at Hiroshima after the dropping of the Atomic bomb that ended the war. After his honorable discharge, he became employed at NASA Langley Research Center, where he retired in 1977 as a construction supervisor.
Mr. Potts was preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn Miller Potts, to whom he was married for nearly 63 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Henrietta M. Bruce and Martha Griffith.
He is survived by a niece, Hazel G. Berry; a niece, Gayle B. Markiewicz; a nephew, Donald E. Bruce; and special friends, Vickie and Pat Moore, Judy and Morris Bander, and Romayne and Danny Byrum.
Mr. Potts was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Newport News and at the time of his death was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Suffolk. Friends are invited to visit from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2700 Parrish Ave., Newport News, VA 23607, followed that day by a memorial service at 2 p.m., at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1885 Bridge Road (Rt.17), Suffolk, VA 23433.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2010