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11/08/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Jimmy Powell

James F. Powell, Sr.
(16 Feb 1942 - 05 Nov 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 196_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Jimmy Powell, Class of 196_, brother of Robert Powell of VA and Brenda Powell Ford of VA, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 in Martinsburg, West Virginia at the age of 66.  He was preceded in death by his older brother,   Presley Powell, Class of 1957 (23 Sept 1939  - 20 Aug 2000).

From the Daily Press - 11/08/08:

                         James F. Powell

  MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - James F. Powell Sr., 66, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Newport News, Va., died on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at City Hospital.

He was a native of Newport News and attended Christopher Newport College. He was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in the X30 department and later owned and operated Helmer Feed Store. Jimmy was a man of many talents who will always be remembered for his ability to tell a story and for his incredible sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith McCann; stepfather, Richard McCann; and brother, George Presley Powell.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda A. Powell; one son, James F. Powell Jr. and his wife, Mary Beth; one daughter, Susan P. Taylor; five grandchildren, Suzanne Oliver and husband, SFC Matthew, Emily Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Carly Powell, and James F. Powell III; one future great-grandson, Austin Matthew Oliver; one brother, Robert W. Powell and wife, Linda of Seaford, Va., and one sister, Brenda Ford of Hampton, Va.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. Interment will be private.

See obituary at  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at .

Published in the Daily Press 0n 11/8/2007.
Guest Book

Name: Bob Powell
509 Sparrer Road
Zip/Postal Code:
Email Address:    

Tribute: Jimmy was a unique person of many talents and artistic abilities. I always admired him for his creativeness and ability to see things from a different perspective. He was his own person and definitely did things "his way". Jimmy could bring laughter at times that no one else could or should, he had a talent for entertaining and used it frequently to the delight of his audience. I'll miss him so much. Thank you Linda, Susan, Jimmy and grandchildren for being there for him and providing for him during his illness. I love you. Bobby

Name: Phyllis Everhart Cheshier
Address: 3900 S. Q Street #11
City: Fort Smith
State/Province: Arkansas
Zip/Postal Code: 72903 3401
Email Address:
Relation: Friend
From: Phyllis

Tribute: Dear Linda & children, I received word of Jim's passing and wanted to express my love to you. Hearing of his death brought back so many memories! Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. Phyllis Cheshier

Name: Woody and Sharon Staubs
Address: 108 Evitts Drive
City: Ranson
State/Province: West Virginia
Zip/Postal Code: 25438
Email Address:
Relation: Friends/Brother & Sister in the Lord
From: Word of Faith Tabernacle

Tribute: Linda/Jimmy/MaryBeth and family -- we are saddened by the loss of your husband and dad -- we are praying for you. Lean upon God in this time of loss. We love all of you so very much!

Name: Nick DiMarino
Address: 11 Minton Drive
City: Newport News
State/Province: Virginia
Zip/Postal Code: 23606
Relation: 1st cousin

Tribute: I can't begin to express my sorrow. Jimmy was like a brother to me and was someone I could always count on. We had a lot of good times together from camping, hunting, working, to just plain raising ----and enjoying each other. Jimmy was a true friend who loved life and enjoyed living life to it's fullest. He was the best man in my wedding and I will miss him greatly, but I will continue to tell his stories (though never as good as he could) for the rest of my life. All my love and prayers to the family, and thank you Linda for taking such good care of him in his last days. With all of our love, Nick and Karen

Name: Sherri Splawn
33 Cambridge Drive
City: Charles Town
State/Province: West Virginia
Zip/Postal Code: 25414
Relation: Family Friend
From: Sherri

Tribute: I would just like to say I am so sorry Jimmy for your loss, losing a father is not easy. I know you'll find comfort in knowing your Father is no longer suffering. And, to you Linda in the loss of your husband, may you find comfort. And, to Jim's grandchildren, I am very sorry for your loss. May God Bless all of you.


  Our deepest condolences are extended to the Powell family at this time.

   This information will also be posted here:


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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