Esther G. Poteate

January 24, 2016
Esther G. Poteate

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Esther Poteate, age 87, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care Center in Wilmington, NC with her children by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, S. Blair Poteate, Jr. and was a devoted wife, mother, and friend.

Mrs. Poteate was born in Norfolk, VA in 1928 and was a resident of Williamsburg since 1959 until she moved to Wilmington, NC in late 2014. She was a member of the Williamsburg Community Chapel and former member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Mrs. Poteate had been a member of the Junior Women’s Club and was a past president of the Queens Lake Garden Club. She was a historic interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg, which complimented her love of history. Mrs. Poteate was active in the real estate business for many years and had been a charter member of the Williamsburg Community Hospital Auxillary. After she and her husband retired, they served in the hospital’s Assist Program. She loved spending time with her family and she thoroughly enjoyed her years of boating, fishing, cooking, and travel. She was known for her sense of humor, spirit of of fun, and her love for others.

She is survived by her son, S. Blair Poteate, III and his wife, Lorraine; her daughter, Anne Ratkus and her husband, Jim; her grandsons Matthew Poteate, Bryan Hendry, and Andrew Ratkus; her brother-in-law, Wilmer B. Poteate and his wife Jacqueline; one niece, and three nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13th at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway. The interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, VA 23188. Bucktrout Funeral Home is handling local arrangments. Please view and sign the family’s online condolences at


Saturday, February 13, 2016
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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  • January 29, 2016
    Steve and Tricia White says:
    I cannot express the sorrow we feel for the family's loss and want to send you my sincere condolences. I do understand what you are going through because I lost my mom recently. I'm leaving you with a few scriptures that bring me comfort, I hope they do the same for you. Jesus Christ promised. “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5: 28, 29) Revelation 21:4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.” "No resident will say: ‘I am sick." “At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped. At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness.” Isaiah 33:24; 35:5, 6 I think of the day when there will no longer be obituary columns to bring us sadness, instead there may well be just the opposite, announcements of newly resurrected ones... and we can welcome them back with open arms! No matter how great the promises are we still miss them. I miss my mom terribly every day! My husband and I were given a audio link of others who coped with the loss of a loved one and it was wonderful to receive. I'm including it for you. Our prayers are with you! The White's 812-350-9888

  • January 29, 2016
    Steve and Tricia White says:
    My condolences to the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing someone in death is such a sad time. I lost my mom recently. I wanted to share these scriptures that give me assurance that I will see her again. “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”John 5: 28, 29. Also Isaiah 11:6-9 tells about the future where children will be able to play with wild animals "and no harm will come to them" right here only earth! No more sickness or death. Rev 21:3,4 I hope I can be there for you! Call me anytime! Tricia White 812-350-9888

  • January 29, 2016
    Rick Veditz says:
    Blair and Ann please know that I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. For those of us who grew up together in QL your mom was a second mom to all of us. What a kind lady she was .

  • January 30, 2016
    Mary Ellen Cox says:
    I have so many fond memories of Mrs. Poteate.I used to babysit for Ann and Blair and when Mr. Poteate would travel I would spend the night because Mrs. Poteate did not like for them to be alone. What a wonderful family, so sorry for your loss.

  • January 30, 2016
    William and Carol Anderson says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Poteate was always a gracious and kind lady to know. Love, Carol and William