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1933 - 2013  

The family of Phorn Chhim Powers regrets to inform you of his passing on January 16, 2013. He passed away in Cambodia which was where he wanted to live the end of his life. Mr. Powers was highly educated receiving the most advanced degree from the Cambodian Buddhist Philosophy University. He also studied in Thailand at the Temple of Pachamac Borpit and in India at the Kirori Mal College one of the finest within the University of Delhi.
Mr. Powers became the founder of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Watt Khmer). His hopes and dreams were to establish a place of worship for the Cambodian people. He especially wanted to help lighten the sorrow and grief of the Cambodians who were Buddhist followers, and who were separated from their families because of the horrible genocide of the Khmer Rouge (Pol Pot Regime). He was also a kind and friendly advisor and treasurer in the Cambodian-American Heritage.
Mr. Powers worked at Voice of America where he would translate news and broadcast via radio to the Cambodian people living in Cambodia. He dedicated his life to the strength and growth of the Cambodian culture and shared kindness and peace with all that knew him.
He is survived by his lovely wife, Samantha Powers; and his son, Tipmuny Powers and his wife, Wendy Powers and grandchildren, Summer, Skylar, Hunter and Chase Powers; and his daughter, Kimberly DeFilippo and her husband, Phillip DeFilippo and grandchildren, Priscilla, Patrick, Lena and Kendra.
Family will receive friends for a funeral on Saturday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar Hill Funeral Home, 4111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suitland, MD 20746, Phone: (301) 817-0120. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to 107 Dogwood LLC, 770 Potomac River Rd., McLean, VA 22102 .

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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2013