POW­ELL, Ken­neth Wayne Sr.,

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a life­long res­i­dent of Hal­i­fax County, died peace­fully at his home on Jan­uary 9, 2017. Born in the Rod­den com­mu­nity on July 3, 1925, he was the son of the late Wal­ter Leonard Pow­ell and Earle Cle­ments Botts. He was mar­ried for 60 years to Josephine Tucker Pow­ell of Hal­i­fax, who pre­ceded him in death. His sis­ter, Edna Pow­ell Dodd, also pre­de­ceased him. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Kather­ine Pow­ell Heller (John) of At­lanta, Ga.; and his son, Ken­neth Wayne Pow­ell Jr. (Junko) of Ann Ar­bor, Mich. Also sur­viv­ing are three grand­daugh­ters, Laura Flynn Ge­orge (Jamie) and Han­nah Car­ring­ton Heller of At­lanta and Emma Kondo Pow­ell of Ann Ar­bor. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion from high school in Hal­i­fax, Ken­neth en­tered mil­i­tary ser­vice for his coun­try and was part of the 15th Air Force, 449th bomb group sta­tioned in Grot­taglie, Italy from early 1944 to the end of World War II in May of 1945. He com­pleted 43 com­bat mis­sions as a ball tur­ret gun­ner in a B-24 in the Euro­pean Theater. He was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clus­ters. Upon re­turn­ing to the USA, Ken­neth briefly at­tended Richmond Polytech­nic In­sti­tute in Richmond, Va., to study com­mer­cial art, but de­cided to re­turn to his home­town and join his fa­ther in the fam­ily busi­ness. He was a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion owner and man­ager of Pow­ell Fu­neral Home in South Bos­ton, where he worked for over 60 years and spent the ma­jor­ity of his life help­ing those in need as a com­pas­sion­ate ru­ral fu­neral di­rec­tor. A more de­voted hus­band, proud fa­ther and hum­ble, self­less man would be hard to find. A fu­neral ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, Jan­uary 14, at 2 p.m., at St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church in Hal­i­fax, with Fa­ther Cleon Ross of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial with mil­i­tary rites will fol­low im­me­di­ately in the church ceme­tery. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the Pow­ell home, 1047 Moun­tain Rd., af­ter the fu­neral and also Fri­day even­ing at Pow­ell Fu­neral Home, be­tween the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. Ken­neth was a life­long sup­porter of Pa­trick Henry Boys Home (patrick­henry.org) and of St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church, P.O. Box 905, Hal­i­fax, Va. 24558. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider do­na­tions to these or­ga­ni­za­tions. On­line con­do­lences may be di­rected to

www.pow­ell­fu­ner­al­inc.com . Ar­range­ments are by Pow­ell Fu­neral Home, 1603 Wil­born Ave., South Bos­ton, Va. 24592.

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