Frederick Herman Powell
1941 - 2017
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Frederick 'Fred' Herman Powell

Knoxville, TN

Frederick "Fred" Herman Powell, 76, of Knoxville TN passed away on November 29th, 2017 with all his children by his side.

Fred was born in Reidsville, NC on January 6th, 1941. He was a student at the University of Tennessee where he received his degree in journalism and where he met his eventual wife "Nancy"---the love of his life who preceded him in death.

Upon graduation, Fred started his 45-year career with the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Fred considered the years spent with Nancy raising their children as the most precious time of his life. Fred's children too reminisce about those years---hikes in the Smoky Mountains, vacations to Myrtle Beach, backyard picnics and games, fishing, holiday traditions, and so much more. Fred sought to maximize experiences with his family never letting anything take a higher priority. His children recall the many times he would say "I'm never too busy or tired for you" and "I want you to know that you can always talk to me about anything". Truly, Fred was the embodiment of what it means to put family first and for that he will be dearly missed.

Fred is survived by his many loving children and grandchildren.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2017.
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December 2, 2020
I miss our long talks and the smile on your face. I know you are happy with Nancy in Heaven. Till we meet again!
catherine cattafi
December 4, 2017
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I worked with Fred Jr at Covenant for several years and heard many enjoyable stories about his dad, I know he will be missed sorely.
My Deepest Sympathy to your family.

Doris Darden
Doris Darden
December 4, 2017
My deepest sympathy to his family. May Almighty God grant you peace as you cope with your loss. Jer.29 : 11
December 3, 2017
Fred was a pro's pro. genuine, smart, and a man who understood our business, its ethics and its role in society. I counted him as a friend when I was at the KNS from 1974-87. He had a rare yet fun sense of humor. Rest in peace my friend.

Tom King
December 3, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Fred was a nice man and a good neighbor.
Erick and dawn Foster
December 3, 2017
Fred was my "across the wall neighbor" on the Sentinel's copy desk for several years. We shared some things in common, especially golf as my father was a club pro. Fred loved taking Nancy along to ride in the cart while he played area courses and would talk about the fun they had. He always spoke proudly of his children, too. Fred was a great co-worker and one of many people I missed after departing our newsroom family.
Suzanne Neal
December 2, 2017
I worked with Fred for about 20 years at KNS. He was kind, hard-working, funny, honest and interesting. As much as he was loved by his newspaper family, we all knew we were a distant second to his real family. Goodbye, Fred, my friend.
Dan Proctor
December 2, 2017
Fred it has been a pleasure having met you. I will miss our talks and hope you enjoy meeting up with your beloved Nancy once again. I will miss you greatly! Jimmy, my condolences to you and your family. I know he loved you tremendously. I hope Greta is okay, she meant the world to him after Toby passed. If you need anything let me know.
Catherine from Shoneys
Catherine Cattafi
December 2, 2017
Oh, this is sad news. Fred was a great guy and I loved working with him on the copy desk at the KNS in the wee hours, the lobster shift. Fred, being a real friend, could be brutally honest and it made me a better journalist. He made a difference in this world. My heart goes out to his children.
Edwina Bieber
December 2, 2017
Sorry to learn of Fred's passing. Became friends with Fred at the Waffle House. Rip my friend!
Danny Lyons
December 2, 2017
My condolences to Fred's family. I have always loved Fred and Nancy and will miss them dearly. Angela Hardin, Fox Toyota
December 2, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Fred's passing, but I know he is with his beloved Nancy again.
He was a good friend and taught me so much about the news business. We sat next to each other for more than 10 years at the News Sentinel, and we shared a lot of laughs.
To Freddie, Sissy and Jimmy - your dad loved you all so much and was proud of you. I hope your memories bring you comfort.
Cathy Shepherd
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