CHARLOTTE -- Margaret Byers Poteat, 82, died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and went to her heavenly home to be with the angels on June 10, 2008. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, devoted sister, sister-in-law, aunt and special friend for Mr. Jim.
She was a native of Blacksburg and daughter of the late Frederick Cline Byers Sr. and Mildred McSwain Byers.
The funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, at The Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home in Gastonia, with the Rev. Steve Kelly officiating. She will be buried at the Hollywood Cemetery in Gastonia.
Visitation is at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Carothers Funeral Home in Gastonia.
In life, Margaret was surrounded by her family, friends, church, and her God. She had a passion for serving others and her Lord. Those who knew her and whose lives were touched by her have been enriched beyond measure. We love you and will miss you terribly, but the faith that you lived and taught us will be alive and well in us forever.
A quick smile and gentle laughter were only two of her attributes, but a fabulous memory was a true gift. Margaret was really her family's historian, remembering endless memories of family and friends.
She skillfully used her gift to instill values and special memories that will live with her family forever.
Margaret was the third of eight children born to the late Frederick Cline Byers Sr. and Mildred McSwain Byers on July 4, 1925. She graduated from Bethany High School in Clover, S.C. in 1944.
She is survived by one son, David Poteat and wife, Mary, of Matthews, N.C.; three daughters, Brenda Stikeleather and husband, Richard, of York, S.C., Helen Jenkins Matthews and husband, Brice, of Clover, S.C., Betty McClure Seaman and husband, Jerry of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Fred Byers and wife, Christine, of Clover; three sisters, Judy Meeks of Rock Hill, S.C., Nancy Moses and husband, Houston, of Trenton, N.C., and Dot Melton of Clover; grandchildren, Chris McClure and wife, Michele, Paul Jenkins, Robert McClure II, Stephanie Morris and husband, Steven, Scott Poteat and wife, Caroline, Steven Stikeleather and wife, Christine, Shaun Stikeleather, Brice Matthews II and Hank Seaman; great-grandchildren, Melissa McClure, Caitlyn Rycroft, Emma Poteat and Abby Poteat; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Walker of Dry Forks, Va., and Mary Hood and husband, Riley, of Bonaire, Ga.; two aunts, Martha Rollins of Cramerton, N.C., and Jean McSwain of Clover; and a special friend, Jim Griffin of Charlotte.
She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Glenn Lewis Poteat; son, Samuel Roland Poteat; and grandson, Brian Keith Jenkins.
Pallbearers are Robby McClure, Hank Seaman, Steven Stikeleather, Paul Jenkins, Stephanie Morris, Brice Matthews and Scott Poteat.
Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 301 Elmhurst Road, Charlotte, NC 28209.