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  • "So sorry to hear the news. Bob was always kind to us when..."
    - Colin & Kathryn Clark
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Mr. George Robert (Bob) Powell, Sr. of Wilkesboro, NC, passed away at his home on December 5th, 2012.

Bob was born on July 28, 1929 to George White Powell and Emily Nelson Powell in Wilmington, NC. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1947 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, with duty stations in California and on the island of Guam and was honorably discharged with the rank of Yeoman Petty Officer Second Class. Bob then attended Elon College where he met his future wife Betty Lorraine Crowder of Wentworth, NC and had been married for over 59 years.

Bob Powell is survived by his wife Betty C. Powell, and three children: Bob Powell, Jr. wife Karen and granddaughter Callie of Fleetwood, Susan D. (Powell) Bryant and husband Archie of Mooresville, David D. Powell of Charlotte and granddaughter Heather Powell and great-granddaughter Annabelle of North Wilkesboro, nephew Russell Bauer of Richmond, Virginia and niece Emily Bauer of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, his sister Emily Rose Bauer and son Stephen Reed Powell preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of North Wilkesboro. There will be a private burial service at Mountlawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held Saturday 1:00 PM, December 8, 2012 at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Benton J. Trawick, Dr. Robert C. Evans, III, Dr. David Heil, Dr. Tom Miller and Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. A visitation with the family will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Wilkes, 1908 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 and the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church, 804 E. Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Online condolences at

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2012
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