Wallace R. Poteet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Wallace R. Poteet, formerly of Barnwell, SC, passed away in Augusta, GA on July 15, at the age of 84. He was born in Covington, GA in 1922, the son of the late Charley H. Poteet and Myrtle Moon Poteet. An adventurous young man, "Poteet" (as he was known by all) volunteered in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the First Division, the famed "Big Red One," invading North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy, France at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He also fought on the front lines of Central Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement. After WW II, he re-enlisted to serve in the Korean Conflict. During the construction of the Savannah River Plant, he was hired by DuPont and moved his family to Barnwell in 1954. He retired from SRP as a maintenance mechanic 30 years later. Having played in the highly competitive textile baseball leagues in his younger years in Georgia, Poteet continued to be active with adult softball and with youth baseball as an umpire. He was a fan of the old Atlanta Crackers and later the Atlanta Braves. He became an avid golfer for as long as his health permitted. A man of strong will and a sharp mind, he believed that "anything worth doing is worth doing well." He was predeceased by his sister, Myrtle Poteet Tumlin, and her son Amon "Tommy" Tumlin, both of Augusta. He is survived by a daughter, Renee Poteet Hill and her husband Walt from San Antonio, Texas; a foster son, Mark G. Wade, his wife Cindy and their sons Donovan and Hal from Columbia, SC; and foster granddaughter Mrs. Amanda Moody Copson, daughter of the late Dawn Wade Moody and Bill Moody of Augusta, Georgia. Military honors and taps were performed privately July 23 at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC. Condolences will be forwarded to family members via Poteet Funeral Home, South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta GA 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-July 29, 2007


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