11/10/11 — ROBERT W. POWELL JR.

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Feb. 12, 1925-Nov. 8, 2011

Robert "Bob" William Powell Jr., 86, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at his home.

Bob was born in Wayne County Feb. 12, 1925, to the late Robert William Powell Sr. and Huldah Slaughter Powell.

He graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1942, and was a 1948 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce.

Bob served his country in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1945.

He served on the Wayne County Board of Education for 12 years.

Bob worked for TA Loving Co. for more than 43 years, and retired as a project manager.

He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, and served as an elder and a deacon.

Bob enjoyed boy scouting all of his life. He became an Eagle Scout as a young boy, and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1990. He was active in the Tuscarora Council, and was instrumental in planning and developing Camp Tuscarora.

Over the years, Bob had been active in the Goldsboro Art Council, Rod and Gun Club, Kiwanis, Elks and most recently, ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

He was an avid bird watcher as well as a member of the Audubon Society.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Drew Clark and the Rev. Glenn Phillips officiating. Internment will follow at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Bob is survived by his wife of 19 years, Edna Edwards Powell; daughters: Louise Powell King of Clayton, Leigh Powell Menditto and husband, Brian, of Richmond, Va., and Susie Powell Howell and husband, Jerry, of Goldsboro; stepdaughters: Nora S. Bulow, Mamie S. Weatherspoon and husband, Jeff, of Raleigh, Edna Lee E. Dougher and husband, John, of Raleigh and Valerie B. Murphy and husband, Rob, of Goldsboro; stepson, Edward E. Spence and wife, Bonnie, of Goldsboro; grandchildren: Matthew King and wife, Holly, and Adam King; Anna, Spencer and Joey Menditto and Morgan Howell; stepgrandchildren, Holly Osborne, Scott Spence, Janet Brock, Terry Gupton, Nicole and Christopher Camy, Kari Weatherspoon and John, Blair and Zachary Dougher; great-grandchildren, Brady Osborne and Mally and Beasley King; nieces, Truet McDowell Pietrafesa, Robbin Joffred and Jodie Brill.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Hester Powell, and sister, Huldah Powell McDowell.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church at 1101 E. Ash St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530; Tuscarora Council Boy Scouts of America at 316 E. Walnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530; or First Baptist Church at 125 S. John St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, and other times at the family home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.


Published in Obituaries on November 10, 2011 1:50 PM