Dean Smith Potter Jr., 86, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. He was born Nov. 12, 1932, to the late Dean Smith Potter and Lucille Brock Potter.
Dean was preceded in death by his brothers, Gordon and John Ray Potter.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Betty Williams Potter; and daughters, Jane Blake (Ed), Rebecca Watkins (Tom) and Deane Zimmerman (Erik). Pop is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren, Robert Turner Blake II (Dani), Edward Potter Blake, William Smith Blake, Madeline Murray Watkins, Dean Potter Watkins, John Fuller Watkins, Eric Tatum Zimmerman, Dean Gunnar Zimmerman, Lucille Gage Zimmerman and Benjamin Thorne Zimmerman; as well as many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
Dean graduated from Oceana High School and attended Randolph-Macon and Virginia Tech. He served in the U.S. Army. Upon returning from Korea, he farmed with his brother Gordon. Dean, his brothers and mother developed the family farm creating the Hilltop Shopping Center as well as other family-owned properties throughout Virginia Beach.
Dean was a lifetime member of London Bridge Baptist Church, formerly served as a deacon and volunteered in the toddlers Sunday school class. He also enjoyed being a member of the Oceana Coffee Club for over 50 years. Dean liked to set fishing nets in Broad Bay with “Little Toot” and travel up the Chesapeake Bay in “Relax” with the Virginia Beach Power Squadron. Dean and Betty also loved to travel across the country with friends; he visited all 50 states in his lifetime. Some of Pop’s favorite hobbies included making children’s wooden toys and creating birthday cards for everyone. He was a kind, humble and gentle soul who loved his family and treasured his grandchildren.
Special thanks to the many people who cared for our Pop especially Isabel Gonzalez-Ramirez and Fran Gregg.
A visitation will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at London Bridge Baptist Church, 2460 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, with a celebration of life beginning at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to London Bridge Baptist Church.
Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.