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Obituaries » Robert A. Potts

Robert Alva Potts, 89, of Gainesville Virginia passed away on September 13, 2021.

Born on December 5, 1931, in Washington, D.C., Robert grew up in Arlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Orie Potts and Hester Early Potts, and his siblings, Virginia Stafford, Charles E. Potts and William Orie Potts.

Robert worked for the U.S. Army Map Service in Glen Echo and served in the U.S. Naval Air Reserves in Anacostia, Md. He married Mary Rose Ingrao on June 9, 1951.

In 1952, he was drafted into military service during the Korean War and became second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers of the U.S. Army. Following this he chose the military as his career and served for 20 years the U.S., Germany and the Far East, including Japan, Korea and Vietnam. During this time he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Omaha. He retired from active military service in 1972, at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Following his retirement, he served as Assistant Fire Commissioner for New York City until he returned to Virginia where he worked in real estate development and management. He and Mary enjoyed their life in Reston and then Gainesville, where he had a chance to live near the mountains. He and Mary enjoyed traveling to Florida to visit family, and they loved taking trips to Brigantine Beach, N.J. and Pittsburgh to visit their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Rose Potts; his children, Michael Potts (Lynn Hamerling) and Rosemarie Potts Sheerin (H.D. Campbell); his sister, Janet Potter; his grandchildren, Christina Sheerin-Smith (Drew Smith), Marcella Hicks (Theo Hicks), Brianna Hager (Alex Hager), Maria Sheerin (Chad Knox) and Kyra Hamerling-Potts; his great-grandchildren, Lilly, Wesley, Brentley, Finnley, Teddy, Oliver, with many more to come, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered for his deep sense of duty, loyalty and his deep love for his family.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday September 17, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. the service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to Robert’s family at

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