He was the oldest of four children, having grown up in West Union and Portsmouth, then residing in Troy (Dayton), for the past several years. He and his wife, Jill, were married on Oct. 20, 2007, when he moved to Ypsilanti to continue their medical treatment together. David was a Desert Storm veteran, proudly serving his country in time of war, and until his death, carried a great respect, camaraderie and love for his fellow soldiers. David had been employed as a designer with Central Fire Protection in Springfield for many years until his medical condition no longer allowed him to work. He was baptized in the precious name of Jesus on July 30, 1979, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost more than 23 years ago, and has been a steadfast warrior and inspiration to all who knew him. He had been a member of Troy Apostolic Temple for several years, though always called New Life Worship Center his home.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Ruth Potts, and Raymond and Viola Gifford; his aunt, Linda Gifford; his aunt and uncle, Robert and Phyllis Potts; and cousins, Larry Potts and Randy Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Hanekamp Potts of Ypsilanti; his mother, Janet Gifford Potts of Fairborn; his father, Wesley Potts of Tipp City; one brother, Michael (Jennifer) Potts of Portsmouth; two sisters, Sandra (Matthew) Miller of Fairborn and Cheryl (John) Hood of Minford; seven nieces and nephews, Sarah, Mikey, Cassie and Lexie Potts, and Jonathon, Caleb and Emily Miller; and a large number of aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom were very special to David during his life. We all will miss him dearly.
Viewing will be Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, from 5 to 9 p.m. at New Life Worship Center (Old North Moreland School), 1601 Harrisonville Ave., Portsmouth, Ohio. A funeral service will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at 2 p.m. at New Life Worship Center, with the Rev. Paul Michael Gifford and the Rev. James L. Gifford officiating. Interment will be in Scioto Burial Park Rushtown. Arrangements are under the direction of Brant Funeral Home of Portsmouth.
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In memoriam, donations can be made to “Living With a Cause” (see www.livingwithacause.com).