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Services will be Friday for Cecil E. Potter, a much-loved father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, who died July 6, 2012, at the age of 51.
The first viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Davis Funeral Home. The second viewing will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Wesley Methodist Church, with services following at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Eastern Cemetery.
Cecil Potter, also known as the "Fatta Potter," was born on the island of Tortola, to Cecil and Margaret Potter, both deceased. Cecil attended the Lockhart Elementary School, Wayne Aspinal Junior High School and is a member of the Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1978. Upon graduation from high school, Cecil worked as a line man for Vitelco for almost 20 years.
He loved music and sang with Eddie and the Movements, Jam Band and Milo's Kings. He also was one of the original members of the Dred Ones Band. In 1980, at the age of 19, the "Mighty Potter" won the International Calypso King of the World competition, held on St. Thomas. Competitors included Lord Kitchener, Swallow and other renowned calypsonians.
Cecil was known for his powerful lyrics embodied in such memorable songs as "Time waits for no man, so spend time with your children," "Put down your arms," "Minority Rules" and many more.
He was a former president of the Ivanna Eudora Kean Parent-Teacher Association and was an avid Little League coach and supporter.
He is survived by his four children, Khoi, Jawahn, Kamarsha and Keinesha; three grandchildren, Kalen, Kaden and Kazen; brothers, St. Clair, Edwardson, Osbert, Ronald, Everard and Milton; sisters, Lydia Potter, Ina Williams, Patricia Potter and Carol Turnbull-Hobkins; sisters-in-law, Felicia Thomas-Potter, Evelyn Venner-Potter, Yvonne James-Potter, Dawn Henry and Paulette Venzen-Potter; uncles, Alfred, Dennis, Edgar, Auckland and Maurice; aunts, Jenneth Williams and Veronica Baptiste; special family, Amancia Williams, Glorina Williams-Cruz, Sherrel Williams-Maison and Eronimoe Williams Jr.; special friends, Kimmy Blackman, Carlos Robles, Athniel "Bobby" Thomas and Yvette Brown; and special thanks are extended to Blondell Ryan for the love and support shown to Cecil and the rest of the family during this most difficult time.
Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home.