Alan Charles Pocta

July 7, 1925 - January 9, 2008

07/07/1925 - 01/09/2008

Past Services

Monday January 14, 2008
11:00 am
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
712 Little Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA

Alan C. Pocta, age 82, of the 2900 block of Bray Road, Virginia Beach,
died January 9, 2008 at a local hospital.

He is the son of the late Charles and Evelyn Ineman Pocta, and was born
July 2, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother, whom he loved very dearly, passed away at an early age and he was later raised by his stepmother, Ann Pocta and Charles Pocta.

Alan is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Verna, his sister Audrey Woznicki of Cleveland, Ohio; two sons; Mark Pocta of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Myles Pocta and his wife Rene of Virginia Beach, and four grandchildren Andrew, Christopher, Travis, and Lindsay.

Mr. Pocta was an Army veteran of WWII Pacific Theater, having fought in Guam and Okinawa. After serving in the military, he attended and
graduated from Case Western Reserve College in Cleveland Ohio in 1951 with a B.S. in Geology. He worked for Cities Service Oil Company Citgo as a field engineer and geologist and later held similar positions at Southland Corporation. He was also a member of the American Society of Petroleum Operations Engineers.

Alan was a longtime volunteer and member of the Virginia Beach Master
Gardeners Association. He was a passionate gardener who truly enjoyed
working with his hands. He had a healing touch with all sorts of plants, tropical and domestic, and a special interest for curing sick plants and trees. Alan was recognized by the City of Virginia Beach for raising a champion magnolia tree at his residence.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 14 at St Nicholas
Catholic Church at 11:00 am .

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Beach Master
Gardeners Assocation, 2449 Princess Anne Road, Building 14, Virginia
Beach, Virginia 23456 or the St. Labre Indian School Educational
Association at

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Cheryl & Billy Shumate
7 years ago

I work at the Tidewater Trading Post and have been talking to Mr. Pocta for years and years….he was always very kind and informative if I ever had a plant question. My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting him on one occasion when we came to your home and bought some bamboo….his yard was truly a masterpiece, and showed the love and devotion he had for nature. I am sure he will be truly missed by your family…..we will miss him at the Trading Post as well….

Greg & Jan Franceski
7 years ago

Jan & I extend our sympathies to the whole family. We know he will be missed very much. Jan has missed seeing him at the Rec. May God bless you all.

We’re very sorry we couldn’t be with you. We won’t be back in town until Feb.

Terry and Barb Getchell
7 years ago

Myles and family- We are sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I never met him, but remember your many stories of him, especially his love for gardening. We know he will be missed. We will pray for your strength and faith in these moments. Thinking of you all. Take care of yourselves.

Paul Sheehan
7 years ago

Myles, and family,

We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this trying time and that if you need anything you have but to ask.

~ The Sheehans

joan sears
7 years ago

We have just learned of Alan’s passing and are so sorry for your loss. May it help to know that others care. SINCERELY< THE SEARS FAMILY< BRAY ROAD