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Walter Rankin Potts

March 3, 1931October 14, 2020

Walter Rankin Potts (age 89) of Williamsburg, Virginia, formerly of Vienna, Virginia, died at home on October 14, 2020. He was born March 3, 1931 in Greenville, South Carolina where he was raised, by his parents, Walter Clyde and Winifred Rankin Potts on their family farm.

After graduating from Greenville High School at age 16, he attended The Citadel where he earned a degree in political science. Upon graduating, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. The army later took him to Alaska where he met his future wife, Joan Hamman. Walter and Joan made their home in Vienna, Virginia, where they lived for over fifty years, and where they raised their daughters, Lisa and Laura.

A kind and gentle man, he enjoyed quiet pursuits. He was a keen reader and a lifelong stamp collector. He was an active member, for over fifty years, of the Vienna Presbyterian Church, where he served on many committees and worked on many projects.

He had a quick smile, a hearty laugh, and a good sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Walter is survived by his daughters Lisa Jobe (Jared) of Williamsburg, and Laura (Brian Tollie) of Springfield, Virginia; his grandchildren, Charlotte Jobe, Jeffrey Jobe and Jocelyn Sams (Matt) and four great grandchildren (Jason, Chase, Taylor and Sophia).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Clyde and Winifred Rankin Potts and by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Joan.

The committal service and interment will be held at Quantico National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Citadel Class of 1951 Scholarship Fund ( The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.

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Linda Bethea

October 17, 2020

I had the Honor and Privilege of knowing and caring for my Mr Potts. He will surely be missed. Our last conversation was he was trying to get to South Carolina and I told him that he couldn’t leave without me. , Lisa and Laura wanted me to go with him to make sure he would be ok. I was blessed to be able to tell him I love him before I left. Now you can rest GREAT MAN with the Lord. My condolences to Lisa , Laura and The Potts Family


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