WILMINGTON — Sherry Anne Potter Spencer, a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away on November 25, 2022 after a brief illness. Born on October 10, 1947 in New Hanover County, she was a daughter of the late James Cedric Potter, Sr. and the late Josephine Hammonds Potter.
Surviving her are her husband, Carroll Alexis Spencer, her son, Charles (Wendy) Mitchell, Jr, step-sons Carroll Alexis (Lex) Spencer II of Wilmington and Earl Montgomery (Monty) Spencer II of Loveland, CO, and grandchildren, Delaney Mitchell and Dalton Mitchell, both of Wilmington. Also, her brothers James (Debbie) Potter of New Bern and Alan (Sonya) Potter of Cameron, a sister, Yvonne Potter Caryle, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Spencer McKee, both of Wilmington, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Sherry grew up in the town of Gulf and in Wilmington, where she often stayed with her with her grandparents.
During her first marriage to Charles Mitchell, Sr. she lived in Germany where he was in military service. After they returned to the States, she earned a master’s degree and taught at Mary C. Williams Elementary School in Wilmington. Teaching children to read was something Sherry delighted in doing for 20 years.
Turning to a second career, she became a flight attendant for Piedmont Air Lines (later U.S. Air). During that time she met a U.S. Air pilot, Captain Carroll Spencer of Wilmington. A few years later, Sherry and Carroll were married in 1990.
During their 32 years together they enjoyed traveling, boating, island snorkeling and trips to the North Carolina mountains.
In retirement Sherry achieved numerous personal goals, such as participating in the Mountains to the Sea bike ride from Boone to the Wilmington battleship and the Charleston, SC Bridge Run. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed entertaining friends and relatives.
The family will greet friends on Thursday, December 1, at 1 p.m. at Winter Park Presbyterian Church. The memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. with interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park following. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Winter Park Presbyterian Church.