Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

201 25th Ave North, Nashville, TN


Virginia P POTTER

July 25, 1928July 24, 2020

Virginia Pearl Potter passed away peacefully surrounded by her family July 24, 2020, one day shy of her 92nd birthday. Born in Hohenwald, TN to the late Lady Evelyn Pearl and Oliver Daniel Pearl, Virginia lived most of her life in Nashville. She graduated from West High School in 1945 and attended Ward Belmont. Virginia was a devoted, loving wife and longtime caregiver to her husband, John Romans Potter, Sr. “Bub” who passed away in 2007. She was also preceded in death by special friend, Robert Cowan, and her brother, Johnny Pearl.

A southern lady who never met a stranger, Virginia gave her time and talents to a number of organizations over the years, including St. George’s Church and Fannie Battle. She was active in Singing Hills Garden Club, bridge club, the Centennial Club and Daughters of the American Revolution. For the past 13 years she resided at St Paul Senior Living Community and enjoyed the many friends she made there. Affectionately known as Mrs. Potter to many Nashville three year olds and their families over the years, Virginia spent her entire teaching career at St. George’s Kindergarten. Many of her early students grew up to send their own children to be taught by Mrs. Potter where she met each child with a smile and hug every morning. She also enjoyed her time as Executive Secretary of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. Virginia’s greatest joy was being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she was immensely proud of her family. She supported them and encouraged them in everything they did and always liked to recall chasing her oldest son around the yard when she was helping him train for football. She is survived by two sons, Jack (Connie) Potter of Nashville and David (Gloria) Potter of Williamsburg, VA; sister, Mary London of Ocala, FL: grandchildren, Amanda (Ryder) Gibbs of Nashville, TN and Malinda (Drew) Wilkinson of Smyrna, GA; and great-grandchildren Analise and Merritt Gibbs and Grace and Charlie Wilkinson.

A family memorial service will be scheduled at St. George’s Episcopal Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Virginia Potter to St. George’s Episcopal Church 4715 Harding Rd, Nashville, TN 37205 and Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St, Nashville, TN 37203.


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Virginia P POTTER

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Barbara Eads

August 1, 2020

I have many fond memories of this southern belle! She was a lovely hostess and invited me to many luncheons at the Centennial club. There would always be table favors involved! Little did I know that helping Connie and Amanda move her right before the shutdown would be the last time I'd see her. She always treated me like family and for that I will always be grateful!

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Michelle Nelson

July 27, 2020

Amanda, Connie, and Family,
I am so sorry about your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, The Nelson Family

Paula Snyder

July 27, 2020

I was very saddened to learn of Mrs. Potter’s passing. I have missed seeing her in church for a very long time, she had the sweetest smile and twinkle in her eye when she greeted us. My prayers are with you and family, I know you appreciate the happy memories of her that you share.

Catherine Stuart Vrettos

July 26, 2020

Dear Potter family-
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Potter was one of the best. We are sending you all of our love.