Edwin Clinton Potts Sr.

Edwin Potts, 94, of Purcellville, VA, passed away on February 6, 2020. He is survived by his brother, Walter (Jack) Clayton Potts of Mineral Bluff, GA; his son, Edwin Potts Jr. (Marty Potts); and his two daughters, Sarah Ruth Lam (Joe Lam) of Stanardsville, VA, and Patsy Props (Charlie Props) of Mt. Solon, VA. He was the grandfather of eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and was affectionately called “Granddaddy.” Edwin was born May 11, 1925, in Purcellville, VA, the son of Thurston James Potts and Ruth Brown Potts. He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Lucy Bowling Potts. Edwin was very active and involved in the church and community. He served as head of the Board of Trustees at Bethany United Methodist Church, as well as numerous other leadership roles and took great pride in welcoming visitors and members of the church every Sunday. He was Vice President of the Hillsboro Cemetery and caretaker of the Potts Family Cemetery. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country in World War II aboard the USS Allagash. After returning from the war, he joined his father farming at Orchard Crest Farm and later continued with his son. At the farm he enjoyed working on machinery, milking cows to the tune of classical music and teaching others how to farm. He remained active in the operations of the farm until recently and took great pride in caring for the land. He was active in many state and local agricultural organizations and had a passion for telling stories and sharing local history. He was generous with his time and provided recollections and memories that are recorded in local historical societies. Edwin and Lucy instilled a spirit of faith and community within their family and lead by example. His children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews have many fond memories of trips with him to farm and machinery shows, 4th of July celebrations, particularly the parades, and listening to patriotic music. He played alongside and supported his grandchildren’s music lessons, and together with Mammaw took each grandchild on a vacation when they were nine years old. His never-ending thirst for learning, joyful demeanor and optimistic spirit will be missed by all of his friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made Bethany UMC, Handicap Accessibility Fund PO Box 487, Purcellville VA 20134. Visitation was held on Sunday, February 09, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 140 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville, Virginia 20134. A funeral service was held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 100 W. Main Street, Purcellville, Virginia 20132. Burial followed in the Hillsboro Cemetery.

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