William Watson Martin, 78, beloved and active community member

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William Watson Martin
William Watson Martin

William Watson “Pottsie” Martin, 78, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. He was a native of Hampton, and a Poquoson resident most of his life.

He retired in 1991 as a Manager at Bell Atlantic after 35 years, and then went on to work 12 years in Maintenance for the Poquoson Public Schools. He will be remembered by family and friends as “Mr. Fix It”. Pottsie was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served on the Trustee’s Committee, in the Men’s Club, and the Men’s George Amos Chorus. He was a Life Member of Poquoson Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept., where he served as First Assistant Chief, President of the Fire Dept., and Captain of the Rescue Squad. He was a Past-President of the Tidewater Firefighters Assn. Pottsie was a member of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49, and was an Officer in the Colonial Chapter #40 – Order of the Eastern Star. He was previously owner of Martin Video, and he served on the Poquoson Planning Commission. He also sang in the Laymen’s Quartet in Poquoson.

Pottsie was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and best friend, Kay Quinn Martin; father, William Colbert Martin; mother, Ethel Lufsey Martin; and grandson, Jacob Daniel Bowen.

He is survived by his special friend, Kathryn Freeman; daughter, Dana Martin Creasey and husband Delbert; son, William Gregory Martin and wife Kay; grandchildren, Brielyn Nicole Bowen, April Elyse Martin, Christopher Blaine Martin, Christie Bascetta & family, and Allison Phillips & family; sister, Audrey Reddekopp; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and his many beloved friends.

Masonic Rites will be conducted Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:00 p.m., at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, followed by visitation until 8:30 p.m.. Other times the family will be at the home, 24 Laydon Way.

A Celebration of Pottsie’s life will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2:00 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church led by Rev. Charles R. Stacy. Entombment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1294 Poquoson Ave., and/or to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 2099, both in Poquoson, VA, 23662.

Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.