Rev. Billy B. Poteat

January 1, 1933 - April 11, 2012

01/01/1933 - 04/11/2012

Past Services

Friday April 13, 2012
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Hope Free Will Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
8772 NC Highway 258 South
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Saturday April 14, 2012
11:00 am
Hope Free Will Baptist Church
8772 NC Highway 258 South
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Rev. Billy B. Poteat, age 79 died at the Durham Veteran’s Hospital in Durham, NC on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Rev. Poteat was a native of McDowell county growing up in Marion, NC. He was married to Gail Williams Poteat on May 7, 1955 and to this marriage was born a wonderful daughter. He served a four year tour of duty with the United States Navy. In 1966 Rev. Poteat moved his family to Nashville, TN where he attended and graduated from the Free Will Baptist Bible College. His first pastorate was at the Pamplico Free Will Baptist Church in Pamplico, SC where he served for eleven and a half years. It was then that he moved his family to Scotland Neck and began his pastorate at the Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Scotland Neck. The church then was located on Chestnut Street. He was the driving force behind the building of the new Hope Free Will Baptist Church that is now currently on Hwy 258. Rev. Poteat would remain the pastor there for nearly twenty-five years until retiring. Currently he has been serving as interim pastor of the Crab Point Free Will Baptist Church in Morehead, NC.

Upon his arrival to Scotland Neck, Rev. Poteat became involved with the Scotland Neck Rescue Squad serving as Chaplin for many years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Scotland Neck and was also tremendous to the success of The Crepe Myrtle Festival held to this day in Scotland Neck. Rev. Poteat was known throughout the community as ‘the people’s pastor.’ He extended his compassion to at all regardless of church affiliation or race. Rev. Poteat was very community minded offering his help in any way he could.

Preceding him in death are his mother and father, the late Cordie Gardens Poteat and John Hosea Poteat. Also preceding him in death are seven brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Gail W. Poteat of Scotland Neck, a daughter, Becky P. Acree and her husband Garry of Chesapeake, VA and a sister, Georgia Duncan of Marion, NC. Also surviving are two grandsons, Jonathan Acree and his wife Molley and Tyler Acree and his wife Michele.

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Rick Moser
8 years ago

I had a great time with Billy during my four years at Scotland Neck United Methodist. Pastors of his longevity are rare but become community fixtures and true priests to all the people. Congratulations on his good life!

Russ & Susie Fleming
11 years ago

Dearest Gail & family,

We are so sad…..Mr. Poteat was one of the finest men we’ve had the privilege of knowing. Loved him as did everyone he came in contact with…..God knew what he was doing when he sent you to Scotland Neck……take care and hope to see you soon….love you….

Glysal and Karla Mizelle
11 years ago

Mrs. Poteat, Becky, Garry and family. We are so sorry for your loss, but what wonderful memories you have of Mr. Poteat. We loved him and love you all. God Bless.

Janet Poston Steenrod
11 years ago

Dear Mrs. Gail and Becky,

I am sorry to learn of Rev. Poteat’s passing. I pray that God will comfort you both in this time of sorrow. I have nothing but fond memories of Rev. Bill. You are in my prayers.

Love, Janet

Tammy Dodd Hall
11 years ago

Preacher Bill will truly be missed but he is leaving plenty of memories to everyone that knew him. I have a picture of him baptizing me at the old church. I will keep it and cherish it always. Ms. Gail & Becky my heart goes out to you and your family. He may be gone but never forgotten.

wend,deanie,and girls
11 years ago

we r truly and deeply sorry for ur lost but he is now at rest with our heavenly god. and now he can rest.

Vicky (Hyman)& Harry Gordon
11 years ago

Just heard about Brother Bill passing away. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He fought a good fight and his battle is over. What a joy to know that one day we’ll see him again and can that we have the assurance that he is in heaven with God. Love & prayers, Harry & Vicky

Ettaphine Hyman McKnight
11 years ago

So sorry for your loss. May the God of Peace comfort you in the way only He can.

Tammy (Hyman) Sealy
11 years ago

Mr. Poteat was my pastor (as a child) at Pamplico church – I’m so sorry for your loss.

Larry & Carolyn Childers
11 years ago

Gail,We were saddened at the news of Bills passing but at the same time rejoicing because he is out of his suffering and is now home with the Lord that he served so many years.Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.We are so glad that we got to share some time with you & Bill at the Senior Center.We Love You and pray that God will wrap his arms around you and give you comfort in the days ahead.