Wesley Lorraine Powers


POWERS, Wesley Lorraine, of Richmond, Va., born January 10, 1914, passed away Monday, January 5, 2008, due to natural causes associated with age. He was born in Oilville, Va. and was the thirteenth child of the late Thomas Eugene and Lydia Amos Powers. He is survived by his wife of 68 and one half years, Edna Dorothy Sheridan Powers. During his lifetime Wesley drove a street car for the city of Richmond, worked for 18 years for the American Oil Company and 24 years for Commonwealth Propane Gas Company. He also served as a temple ordinance worker for the Washington, D.C. Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 14 years. He spent many years rendering voluntary service for the church in Richmond, working in the bishopric, youth programs and welfare programs of the church. He was an avid sportsman and served as a baseball umpire for the city leagues of Richmond for many years. Before that, he had played on several winning ball teams as a young man. Wesley is survived by three brothers, Willie Delaware Powers of Sandy Hook, Otto Miller Powers of Oilville and Howard Embry Powers of Richmond; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 8 at Bennett's Funeral Home, 11020 West Broad Street, in Glen Allen. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2008, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5600 Monument Avenue, in Richmond. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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I, too would like to express my love and appreciation for this great man and his example. He loved us and loved his Heavenly Father. My testimony has grown as I remember him at times during my life.
I have fond memories of him "up the country" playing with the kids and as a chaperone for many youth conferences. He never let me forget that at one time as a young teen I had put a frog in his dorm room bed. He said he was shocked that I would do such a thing. He never was...

My fondest memories of Uncle Wesley are from the bi-stake dances of my youth. He always saved a dance for me--and he was a much better dancer than the young men!

Our hearts are broken and yet we happy for the reunion that awaits Uncle Wesley with his siblings and parents. We will always remember the service oriented, ever encouraging, strong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, warm hugs, genuine smiles,faithful Home Teacher and the talent for repeating the alphabet backwards. We will truely miss you and pray for your family. Love The Brian and Mindy Aldridge family. Colorado Springs, CO.

Uncle Wesley has been there as long as I can remember. It will be strange to know he's in another world now and not here, despite my not seeing him often. He will live in my memory as the uncle who always encouraged a taller than average teenage niece to stand up straight and be proud. How many women, young and old, remember his working with the youth and attending all of the stake dances. He was a dance partner for many a wallflower. God bless Aunt Dot for sacrificing time with him so...

What a wonderful example of service and unselfish giving of his time and talents. "Uncle Wesley" will certainly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and associating with him. He has gone on to greater things.

There really wasn't a kinder man than Uncle Wesley. Even though we had so many uncles because of such a large family, Uncle Wesley was always my favorite because of his loving kindness. Back in the 70's when I would come home from BYU he would always make sure to slip me $5 and that paid for a tank of gas back to college in those days. After my daddy died I always loved to visit Uncle Wesley and Aunt Dot because Wesley reminded me so much of Daddy.
The world will be a less kind place...

Uncle Wesley was the best uncle a child could have had. Along with Aunt Dot, his home was always warm and welcoming to me and my family. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I remember watching him umpire ball games, and play ball along with some of the Powers brothers when I was a young girl. You always knew Uncle Wesley was happy to see you and interested in what was going on in your life, and you never doubted his testimony of Jesus Christ. All who knew him, in the family,...

We will always remember Wesley as a caring and friendly man. Love, Staci, Ricky, Ashley, Tyler, and Chase.

Though Wesley wasn't my uncle, he always let me call him "Uncle Wesley" and kept up with my life as if I was one of his nieces. He was a sweet, sweet man who always brightened the room with his smile. He will surely be missed.