James B. Potter, Jr.

Sunrise: March 31, 1936

Sunset: April 18, 2021
On Sunday, April 18, 2021, James Becton Potter, Jr. (Jimmy) went home to be with his heavenly Father.  He was blessed with 85 years of life.

Jimmy was born to the late James B. Potter, Sr. and Arnecia Minor Potter White King on March 31, 1936 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He was the second oldest of four children, and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Elizabeth Bennett; two sons, James B. Potter, III and Sandy J. Potter; a sister, Jean Potter; and a brother, Charles R. Potter.  Jimmy received his formal education through the Norfolk Public School System.  He retired from Hampton Roads Shipping Association of the International Longshoremen’s Association, Local 1248 after 28 years of dedicated service.

Jimmy entered the church at an early age, then in his adult years, rededicated his life to the Lord Jesus Christ.  He was an inactive member of the First Baptist Church of Norfolk.

Jimmy married his childhood friend and sweetheart, Jean, on January 25, 1957.  They had five children:  Arnecia, James Becton III, Sheryl Robin, Kim Rene, and Sandy Jarrod Potter.

Jimmy was a hard-working and giving person.  He was a strong man of wisdom and integrity; fiercely protective, opinionated, and humorous; who loved his family with great passion.  The family can give testimony to knowing, through the years, the joy and gratefulness for our united family under his leadership.  Though he has been separated from us, we thank the Lord for allotting the eighty-five years with Jimmy P.

He is lovingly missed by his children Arnecia Potter-Elliott, Sheryl Potter-Griggs (Warren), Kim P. Branch (James, Jr.); his grandchildren; Kristina and March Jones, Jessica Branch-Tutt (Philip), Traci, Alexander and Lauryn Griggs, and James Branch, III; great grandchild, Jaime Branch; his sister, Faye Potter Miles (Donald) and a host of nieces, nephews, members of the extended family and friends.

No Public Viewing Memorial Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, April 26, 2021 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance.

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    Shelia Wilder says

    Sheryl and family,
    May the special things about your Dad live on inside your heart forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Theodore Wilder says

    Sheryl and family,
    Life is but a stopping place,
    A pause in what’s to be,
    A resting place along the road,
    To sweet Eternity.
    May God’s Grace comfort you in the days to come.

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    Vielka Miles and family says

    Our condolences to the Potter family, especially our sister in law Faye. May the Lord rest his soul in Peace.

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    Katie Mahrenholz says

    Dear Sheryl and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your daddy’s passing. Thank you so much for sharing with me some great stories about your daddy – how I enjoyed them. I wish you all the comfort in the world. Sending prayers and hugs.

    Love, Katie

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