William Llewellyn Powell
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Powell, William Llewellyn Longtime Dallas resident and civil engineer died Sunday, March 22, 2009. He would have celebrated his 98th birthday on April 27th. He was born in a residence on Allen Street, just off McKinney in Dallas, Texas, on April 27, 1911, the first child of William Jenner Powell and Harriet Lane Powell Powell. He became a member of the Church of the Incarnation shortly after his birth with his baptism by Bishop Alexander C. Garrett. In 1915 the family, which now included two younger siblings, moved to their newly constructed home at 4033 Cole Avenue where Llewellyn continued his childhood and early adult residency, except for the family's brief 1917-18 WWI interlude in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Laurel, Maryland. Llewellyn attended Ben Milam grade school and graduated cum laude from North Dallas High School in 1928. He attended SMU Engineering School from 1928-29 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Engineering with a BSCE in 1932; he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Shortly after his arrival in Austin in 1929, Llewellyn met Mary Lee Weston, better known as "Billy." Billy and Llewellyn soon became college sweethearts; she was his Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. After his 1932 graduation, Llewellyn joined his father to form Powell & Powell, Consulting Engineers, continuing the private engineering practice founded by his father in 1925, working on projects such as the White Rock sewage treatment plant and City of Dallas waste water improvements. Billy and Llewellyn were married September 17, 1934, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas. Their union was blessed with five children: William Llewellyn Jr. 1935, Maryllyn Anne 1937, Dixon Leigh Weston 1939, Robert Lane 1942, and Sarah Brooke 1944. Residency in the early marriage years alternated between Llewellyn's Cole Avenue Dallas family home with successive intervening residencies in smaller Texas towns - Stamford, Sulphur Springs, Terrell - during the design and construction of various infrastructure facilities in those areas. In 1938 Billy and Llewellyn purchased their first Dallas home at 2618 Langdon Avenue, near Love Field. Commissioned in October 1936 as a Lt jg in the U. S. Naval Reserve Civil Engineer Corps, Llewellyn was called to active duty in October 1940, reporting first to NAS Corpus Christi for indoctrination and returning to Dallas in November 1940 for duty as Resident Officer in Charge of Construction of the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, which later became Naval Air Station Dallas. After Pearl Harbor in December 1941, with the original project substantially complete, Llewellyn's Navy duty was intensified. He was assigned responsibility for new additional facilities on expanded property at NAS Dallas and major construction of a new Marine Corps Glider Base on Eagle Mountain Lake north of Fort Worth. In July 1943, he was reassigned to duty as Design Manager in the Public Works Office at the U. S. Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia, continuing in that capacity until his release from active duty following VJ Day in 1945. He later retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander. After release from active duty, Billy and Llewellyn, with their family of five children, returned to the Dallas area for resumption of Llewellyn's civil engineering career, establishing an intended temporary residency in Grand Prairie, Texas. Becoming one of eight founding families of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grand Prairie and actively involved in the early life of that parish, they continued Grand Prairie residency until 1953 when they returned to establish their Dallas home on Villanova Drive and resume active participation at their home parish, The Church of the Incarnation. A post-war resurgence of new civil engineering work included engagement for the design work for the new Dallas Central Expressway, the Park Cities water treatment plant, numerous water and sewage projects, and as partner-in-charge of design for the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike. For his design of the arch bridge at Hampton Road on the DFW Turnpike, the American Institute of Steel Construction recognized him with the Most Beautiful Bridge Built in 1957 award. In 1958, The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation gave him their Award of Excellence. Llewellyn was also active in professional engineering organizations, serving in 1959-60 as president of the Dallas Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1963 as president of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. During National Engineers Week in 1978, the American Society of Engineers recognized him for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Civil Engineering, and again in 1989 presented him with their Award of Honor. The American Water Works Association presented him with the 1986 Gold Water Drop Award. At the time of his death Llewellyn was an active member and loyal supporter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the Dallas Historical Society, and the Dallas Heritage Village Guild who honored him with the Golden Tennis Shoe volunteer award in 2008. He was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Llewellyn was also very active in the Episcopal Church. A longtime member of the Church of the Incarnation, he was a member of the choir for 40 years, a lay reader for weekday evening prayer and Sunday mornings, a chalice bearer, an acolyte, an usher, and a delegate to the diocesan convention. On the diocesan level he served on the Evangelism and Stewardship committees, the Camp Crucis and Episcopal Foundation boards, on the Executive Council and Standing Committee. He served for several years on the Provincial Synod, and three terms as Deputy to General Convention. At the 1966 Diocesan Convention, he was honored as Layman of the Year, while Billy was named Laywoman of the Year. Llewellyn was the first president of the Dallas Assembly of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, which was formed in 1950, and was elected as a member of the National Council of the Brotherhood. He was also one of the founding members of the Brotherhood chapter at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grand Prairie. He served for many years as a National Vice President and Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and was elected to "The Brotherhood Legion" in recognition of distinguished service. At the organization's National Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia in 2007, he received the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew Presidential Ring of Honor. Life members of the University of Texas Ex Students Association, Billy and Llewellyn traveled extensively with the Texas Ex Flying Longhorns. After Billy passed away in 2004, Llewellyn and his daughter Maryllyn shared several cross-county trips to see great-grandchildren and a trip in 2006 on the QM2 to England and France. Predeceased by his parents Jenner and Harriet Powell, sister Mary Helen Powell Disch, wife of almost 70 years Mary Lee Weston Powell, son Dixon Leigh Weston Powell, and daughter-in-law Linda Lee Lowe Powell. Survived by brother Richard Leigh Powell, 2 sons: William Llewellyn Powell, Jr. and wife Carol Lavery, Eugene, OR; Robert Lane Powell and wife Ellen Daniel Simons, San Francisco; by 2 daughters Maryllyn Anne Powell Hargrave, Dallas; Sarah Brooke Powell Charlton and husband John Thomas Charlton, Livingston, TX; 12 grandchildren: Stephen Jenner Powell and wife Sue, Decatur AL; Michael Lane Powell and wife Tasha, Idaho Falls ID; Rodney David Hargrave III and wife Laura, Austin TX; Jeffrey Llewellyn Hargrave and wife Jennifer, Dallas; Harriet Lane Hargrave and husband Greg Brodie, Portland OR; Megan Leigh Powell Brown and husband Mark Brown, Knoxville TN; Robert Lane Powell, Jr. and wife Debbie, Miami, FL; Joseph Benjamin Powell and wife Andrea, Aventura, FL; Brooke Powell and Todd Powell, San Francisco; Alicia Brooke Merrifield and husband Chuck, Richmond TX; John Thomas Charlton II and wife Kerri, Carlsbad, CA; 16 great-grandchildren: Mitch & Linda Powell; Scott & Andrew Powell; Lilly & Henry Hargrave; William, Weston & Evellyn Hargrave; Esther Brograve; Nancy Brown; Willow, Jude & Siena Powell; and Erin & Travis Merrifield and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren. Viewing Friday, March 27, 2009, 5-7 p.m. at Restland. Servides at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Episopal Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave., Dallas. The Rev. Frederick Philputt officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Incarnation.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2009.
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March 30, 2009
To the Powell family:
On behalf of Holy Family Episcopal Church-McKinney and the Rev. George Collina, we send you our condolences for your loss. God's servant was remembered in the Prayers of the People at Holy Family. We rejoice in God's promise of life eternal for those who have heard the voice of the Savior.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Rev. Harold C. Lowe
Harold Lowe
March 30, 2009
What a beautiful send-off on Saturday! I have only the fondest memories of Llewellyn and the whole Powell family. Your fine family owes so much of its strength and grace to Billy and Llewellyn. Being the humble man that I knew him to be, I doubt he realized what an impact he had on so many lives, mine included. Since he was my godfather, from an early age I identified him closely with God! The Lord certainly had a faithful representative here on earth in Llewellyn Powell. We all are so blessed to have had him and Billy in our lives.

God bless you all,
Betsy (McGill) Stephenson
Betsy (McGill) Stephenson
March 30, 2009
Dear Powell Family:
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Powell. As a young engineer in Dallas in the early 1980’s, I had occasion to meet Mr. Powell many times. My Father, Billy L. Stephenson, who was also a civil engineer, was a friend and we would often see Mr. Powell at various professional society meetings. Mr. Powell was an inspiration. I have always hoped to be able to do the kind of work and act as honorably as Mr. Powell. Indeed, Mr. Powell was a lion among men.
Once again, my condolences.
Ben A. Stephenson
Ben Stephenson
March 29, 2009
Dear Powell family,

I am writing for the Nick Mumford family. Our sympathies are with you at this time of your loss.

When we lived in Grand Prairie, Billie and Llewellyn were close friends with my parents. Llewellyn was my godfather and I always felt a special kinship with him. When I was very young he teased me that I couldn't pronounce my name, calling me "Wybys" as I said Elizabeth. We moved to Michigan in the 60's and I lost all contact with him.

I am glad to know that he lived such an active and long life.

Peace and love to you all,

Liz Beckman
Elizabeth Mumford Beckman
March 26, 2009
Dear Powell family,
The McGill family mourns the death of your father/father-in-law/grandfather/greatgrandfather along with you. Married to my godmother, he continued to influence my life throughout his. He was a true churchman and everytime I was tempted to think there was nobody left who wanted to faithful to the one, real, true and living God, Llewellyn came to mind and my faith was renewed.
What a great spirit, what a great gift to the world and to the church, what a great gift to his family and mine.

Peace to his soul and to our lives.
(The Rev) James C. McGill
Christ Church Cathedral
Houston, Texas
Jim McGill
March 26, 2009
Abraham Lincoln said, "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Mr. Powell excelled in both quality and quantity of life, from the work he completed and the lives that he touched. I barely knew Mr. Powell but know some of his family and am confident in saying that the planet is a better place because of him.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Andy Wheeler
March 26, 2009
Dear Family Members,
I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Mr. Powell.
I am impressed with Mr. Powell's contributions to Civil Engineering field. I know how difficult this must be for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you during this time and always.
Ashok Patel
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