James Wesley Powers Sr.
1931 - 2012
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James Wesley Powers Sr.
Virginia Beach - James Wesley Powers Sr., "Jake," 81, passed away at his Virginia Beach home on June 8, 2012. He was surrounded by his family and friends.
Jake was born June 3, 1931 in Norfolk, VA. He was the son of the late Colon Lee Powers Sr. and Ethel Kight Powers. He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Powers Whealton.
A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Judith B. Powers; his brother Colon L. Powers Jr. and his wife Mavis, of South Creek, NC; two sons, James W. Powers Jr. and fiancée Judy Wurstner of Gautier, MS, John D. Powers of Chesapeake, VA; a daughter Jamie K. Fowler and husband Scott of Virginia Beach; and six grandchildren: James, Meredith, Jordan, Melissa, Jessica, and Jay. He is also survived by two great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jake was a graduate of Norview High School. After serving for 4 years as an Instrument Specialist in the United States Air Force, Jake worked for many years in the automotive industry and retired from Green Grifford Motor Corporation as a service manager after 30 years. He was an active member in the choir, a Sunday school teacher, and a youth leader at Ingleside Baptist Church and later was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk. He was also devoted to serving the community, particularly the youth, coaching several athletic teams and volunteering for the Juvenile Court of Virginia Beach.
The family would like to thank the services of the Sentara Bridge/Hospice program for their assistance and care.
A visitation will be held Thursday, June 14, between 6-8 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, followed by a funeral on Friday at 1 p.m. The family will receive guests at the Powers home following the services on Friday. Flowers can be sent to Woodlawn Funeral Home at 6329 Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.woodlawngroup.com






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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jun. 13, 2012.
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June 15, 2012
Wow! where do you start about Jake? Buddy Gifford would have told you he was a terrific employee, he was. Anyone who ever worked with him would call a great friend, he was. Anyone who was in need would say he was there to help, he was. But when i remember Jake i remember not just the crazy guy but the head of a family, someone who was a true patriarch, he loved his whole family and was so proud of them all, it was his main subject of conversation. Jake didnt just leave people behind he left a legacy that we can all admire and the family should be so very proud to say he was theirs.
June 13, 2012
John & Family:
My prayers are extended for you and your family during this difficult time.
A. Blackwell
June 13, 2012
I enjoyed all the years working with Jake at Grenn Gifford before he retired. He always stopped by my desk when he came in; even after retirement; and would tell me the funniest stories. Jake certainly was proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, always telling me about them and how great they were "turning out"! He will be missed for sure.
Dale Manns
June 13, 2012
The Green Gifford family will always have the fondest thoughts and memories of this wonderful man.He was so much a part of all of us and always will be.He always brought smiles to our faces with his great sense of humor and his wonderful stories of the the "old regime" Green-Gifford days. I will miss him dearly. I was fortunate enough to know Jake and his family for many years and would like to let them know I am here to help in any way that I can.

Teresa Etheridge
June 13, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of Mr Powers.
It was fun growing up across the street from you all, listening to Mr Powers stories, going to ball games, fireworks and many other activities. Mr Powers, and your family always made me feel welcome. Mr Powers will be missed because he was a big part of many lives.
Mrs Powers, Little Jake, John, and Jamie, you will remain in my Prayers
Wayne Hatcher
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