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Alexander W. POWELL

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WILLIAMSBURG - Alexander W. Powell, Colonel, USMC (ret.) died on Aug. 7, 2010.
Col. Powell was born in Fountain Hill, Pa., on Nov. 11, 1941, and raised in Baltimore, Md. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1963, serving as a linguist. In 1966, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and changed his primary specialty to field artillery officer. Col. Powell's career in the Marine Corps included service in the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War. His personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. After serving his country for 30 years, Col. Powell retired from the Marine Corps and moved to Williamsburg, Va., where he worked as an agent for Farmers Insurance, before fully retiring.
Col. Powell enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a great man with a remarkable memory, who always enjoyed a good laugh. His kindness, humble character and genuine interest in his fellow man will be missed.
Col. Powell is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Ann Powell; his daughter, Nancy Sheffler; son-in-law, Steve Sheffler; son, Alexander W. Powell Jr.; daughter-in-law, Kristina Powell; and his five grandchildren, Jason Cormier, Jeffrey Cormier, Alexander Powell III, Connor Powell, and Andrew Powell.
A service will be held for Col. Powell at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Nelson Chapel, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Published in Daily Press from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2010
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