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Charles P. Powell Jr.


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Charles P. Powell Jr. Obituary
NEWPORT NEWS - Charles P. Powell Jr. who proudly served in the US Army during WWII entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 8, 2017. He was born in Newport News and was a lifelong resident of the peninsula. He graduated from Newport News High School. He was a loyal Hokie graduating from VA Tech in 1949. Charlie and his wife, Virginia, owned and operated Wythe Florist for 50 years. Charlie was a 72-year continuous member of the American Legion Post 25. He served as Virginia Department Commander and Vice Commander, District Commander, Post 25 Commander, Chairman of the Department Finance Committee, Vice Commander of the 3rd District Activities Committee, and president of American Legion Post 25 Foundation. He was a member of the Virginia Department Internal Affairs Committee, the National Security Council, and the Conventional Armed Forces Committee. He participated in the Boys State program and was a delegate to many national conventions. He received the American Legion Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Charlie truly believed in the American Legion motto, "For God and Country". Charlie was a 67-year member of Post L of the Travelers Protective Association. He served as national president, national vice president, national director, state president, state vice president, post president, and post vice president. Charlie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia H. Powell; parents Charles P. Powell Sr. and Lucille Drummond Powell; son-in-law James B. Hemeon; and daughter-in-law Susan W. Powell. He is survived by his daughter and care giver, Deborah P. Hemeon; son Charles P. Powell III; grandchildren, Heather Mossbrooks (Robert), Christopher Hemeon, Lucy Smith (Matt), and Olivia Hines (Spencer); great grandchildren Samantha Bancroft, Zackary, Anthony, and Aiden Mossbrooks; and his faithful dog, Jake. The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 20, 1017, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Afterwards, friends are invited to a reception at American Legion Post 25 at 7609 Marshall Ave. Newport News, VA 23605. Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Boys State, Attn: Larry Greene, PO Box 639, Montross, VA 22520 or to Hospice Support Care-Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
Published in Daily Press on Dec. 17, 2017
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