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William L. Powell Sr.

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PORTSMOUTH - William Lawson "Bubba" Powell, Sr., 76, a long time resident of Portsmouth passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in a local hospital. He was born on March 29, 1937 in Roanoke Rapids, NC to the late Daniel and Mary Powell. Bubba was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of West Side Christian Church in Portsmouth. He retired as a nuclear engineering tech from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth after 38 years of service. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rachel Powell. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara T. Powell; two sons, William "Billy" Powell, Jr. and wife Kim and Edward "Eddie" Powell and wife Connie; two sisters, Mary Frances Ellington and Joann Lindsay; a brother, Johnny Powell; five grandchildren, Jimmy, Evan and Brandon Powell and Brooks McGhee and Beth Camp; and a host of extended family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, January 30, 2014 in West Side Christian Church by Rev. Cyd Cowgill. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6 - 7 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to West Side Christian Church, Church Improvement Fund. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Obici Hospital, Suffolk for all their care and support. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 28, 2014
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