W. Hunter Powell Jr., 87, of Roanoke, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in New Jersey, he was the son of the late W. Hunter Powell and Anne Snodgrass Powell. Upon graduating from Glen Ridge High School, he joined the Marine Corps V-12 Program at Princeton University. He was a veteran of two wars and served proudly in the Asiatic Pacific and Chinese Occupation during World War II. He was recalled in 1951 and commanded H Company, 3rd BN, 7th Marines in the Korean Conflict. He was Honorably Discharged in 1960 with the Rank of Captain.
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He is survived by his wife Beth McKim Powell; daughters, Virginia Lodge, Lizanne Shaver and husband, Brad; son, William H. Powell III; and six grandchildren, Emily C. Lodge, Brenna M. Lodge, Jesse S. Lodge, Mary Hunter Shaver, Anne Pierson Shaver and Liam S. Shaver.
Mr. Powell joined the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1969 and retired from the Norfolk Southern Corporation as Manager Special Projects, Material Mang. Dept. in 1991. Post Norfolk Southern, he stayed active with travels to Russia with the Citizens for Democracy Corps. In 1994 he was a consultant to Intranscom Bureau of the Russian Railroads where he addressed the railroad mechanics at the Yelets Shops outside of Stalingrad.
For many years he volunteered at the Sontag Elementary School in Franklin County and Christ Episcopal Church's Social Club. He enjoyed many sporting activities. In High School, he commanded a division of The Montclair Mounted Troop. At Princeton University, he won the Intermural boxing title, middleweight division in February of 1948. He was an active member of Virginia Inland Sailing Association for over 30 years where he loved to sail his sloop. Other interests included swimming, painting and building model ships and custom railroads.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Christ Episcopal Church's Social Club, 1101 Franklin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Inurnment will take place this coming spring at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Upper Montclair, N.J.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Christ Episcopal Church. Visitation will be on Friday, February 1, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Christ Church Parish Hall.
Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, www.Oakeys.com.
Published in Roanoke Times on Feb. 1, 2013