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Rose Lawn Cemetery

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Visitation at Funeral Home

Seaver-Brown Chapel
Monday October 29th, 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Monday October 29th, 2018

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Robert "Bob" Powell, Sr.


Robert “Bob” Powell, Sr. age 77, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie, Va.

Bob was a loving husband, father, and popa. Mr. Powell was a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, and retired as First Sergeant of the Drill Sergeant Unit in Dublin, Va. He worked as an Engineer for more than 40 years with Brunswick / General Dynamics and retired to spend time in his wood shop where he continued his 50-year loyalty to the Ebenezer Lutheran Church where he helped with many projects, including their expansion. He loved his community and was active in many civic groups. Bob was a past President of the Kiwanis Club and very involved. He and the love of his life for 52 years, Shelby were actively supportive of their children and community. Bob’s smile and gentle way will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Infant Boy Powell and Travis R. Powell; parents, Otis and Bessie Medley Powell; brothers, Jack, James, Douglas, Otis, Randolph, Fred and Roy Powell, and Curtis Medley; sisters, Kay Kegley, Ollie Mae Tarter, and Phyllis Ann Lowman.

Bob is survived by his wife, Shelby Marchant Powell of Marion, Va.; sons, LTC. Robert L. Powell, Jr. and wife, Cathy of Tampa, Fla., and Danny Powell and wife, Jessica of Kingsport, Tenn.; sister, Rose Powell Gillespie; sister-in-law, Norma Hart and husband, Billy, all of Marion, Va.; brother-in-law, Johnny Marchant and wife, Linda of King, N.C.; grandchildren, Jonathon Hughes and wife, Shannon of Mastic Beach, N.Y., Cheyanne Powell of Gainesville, Fla., Emily Kimmins and Cheyenne Kimmins, both of Kingsport, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Diane Fannin, Anne Gillespie, and Ernie Olinger; and a host of friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 29, 2018 at 2p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Pastor Jim Bangle, Pastor Jonathan Hamman and Pastor Ed Schaak officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by Virginia Military Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Monday, from Noon until 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Travis R. Powell Memorial Music Scholarship Fund, c/o of The Bank of Marion,  P.O. Box 1067, Marion, Va. 24354.

To share memories of Robert “Bob” Powell, Sr. please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Bob’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion Va. 24354.

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Shelby, we are sorry for the passing of Bob, you and your family are in our prayers that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you at this sad time and comfort you. We are here if you ever need us.

Marvin& Louise Leslie Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

Shelby and family: Our prayers are with you and your family during your loss of Robert. We are so sorry that we were unable to attend the funeral. Robert and Travis are probably having a great reunion and will be following your lives until you meet again. God Bless.

Harry and Linda Dean Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM

Shelby and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you sweet lady! We will never ever forget how wonderful you treated my sweet mother! You are a wonderful person and we are so sorry for your loss!

Linda, Bimbo & Cory Blevins Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family. Cheyanne and I both send good thoughts and prayers.

Angela Malone Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

Shelby and family, so sorry for your loss . Bob was a good friend , Jim always enjoyed him . I will always treasure the wood frame he made for us with memories of Jennifer in it. He will be greatly missed at Kiwanis and in the community and his church. Thinking of the family and praying for comfort.

Wanda Owens Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

Shelby and Family, Caroline and I are deeply saddened by the loss of a good friend and a very good man. You are in our thoughts now and will continue to be.

David Slough Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers.

Helen Heffinger Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Mrs Powell and Family, It is with great sadness that I learn of Mr Powells passing. I will always hold in my heart both his, yours, and your familys friendship, love, concern and compassion for us and everyone who ever met you folks. I was honored, mentored and befriended by this wonderful man who I first met as one of my ScoutMasters at the Lutheran Church in Marion. Va. His lessons, leadership, heart has/does play a great role in my life.... Rob and Leigh Romans

Robert Rob Romans Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

Shelby, Robert, Danny & Family - I was saddened to hear of Mr. Powell's passing. I am sending my deepest & heartfelt condolences to you all. You are all in my thoughts & prayers during this time.

Lucinda Vannoy Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Bob. He invited us to Kiwanis and has been so supportive of our endeavors. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers for Shelby and the family.

Keith and Jan Medeiros Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

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