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

Williamsburg Community Chapel - Directions
3899 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • February 06, 2016
    Russell and Peggy Bowie says:
    Blair and Ann, Peggy and I are deeply sorry for the loss of your Momma. You are in our prayers. Please know that your Momma's memory will live forever in your hearts, as well as in the hearts of all who knew her. May God bless you both.

  • February 09, 2016
    Carol Stoker says:
    I have such fond memories of Esther whom I met in 2007 when moving into Five Forks. She was considered a real pro playing pool and she offered to help me learn. She was so gentle, beautiful and always smiling, someone I will never forget. Blessings to her family and may she rest in peace.

  • February 11, 2016
    Lisa and Greg Mathias says:
    I want to share with you ,Anne and Blair, just how much Momma P. meant to me. Since we were kids she's always made me feel a part of your family. Then when Greg came into the picture, she treated him like one of her own. There's been laughter and tears along the way, and jokes - oh the jokes! Momma P. was always kind and gracious, a wonderful host, could tell a great story and loved to laugh. To borrow from her - Bless your heart, Esther. Rest in peace.

  • February 11, 2016
    James Gray says:
    Blair and Ann, We will all miss your Mom so much and Holly and I are sorry for your pain. Momma Poteate was a great lady and I was proud to call her MOM. We all will miss her very much and the way she could light up a room with her smile. If you both need anything just call.