Dorothy Marks Powell

April 15, 2011


Dorothy Marks Powell of 401 Circle Drive, Ahoskie, N.C. died in her home on April 15, 2011. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday April 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ahoskie with the Reverands Richard Rice and Robert Clarke conducting.

Born in Tillery, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Charles Fox Marks and Jennie Sewell Marks and the widow of Allen Thurman Powell, Jr, who died in 1974. Her sister, Marjorie Marks, died in 1947.

She is survived by her sister Jennie Marks Delagrange of Scotland Neck, N.C. She is also survived by her sons Allen Whitaker Powell of Raleigh and Russell Christopher Powell of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters-in-law Elizabeth Tayloe Powell of Raleigh and Mary Phetteplace Powell of Las Vegas; grandchildren Emma Whitaker Powell of Raleigh; Russell Christopher Powell, Jr. of New Haven, Conn., Thomas Whitaker Powell of Boone, N.C., Jack Allen Powell of Wilmington, N.C., Myers Christian Paulsen of Reno, Nev. and Lauritz Gaines Paulsen of Las Vegas.

Mrs. Powell, a retired English teacher, graduated from Scotland Neck High School and received her undergraduate degree in English and History from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and her graduate degree from East Carolina University.

In her teaching career she was Chairman of the English Department at the former Ahoskie High School and later at Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

Memorial donations may be made to the Food Pantry, PO Box 159, Ahoskie, NC 27910, the Ahoskie Public Library, 210 E. Main St., Ahoskie, NC, or the entity of choice.

One of the joys of her life was her contact with young people, both in and out of the classroom. Many of her closest friends were former students with whom she loved to keep in touch.

She was a faithful member of the Ahoskie First Presbyterian Church where she served in numerous capacities including Sunday School teacher and as an Elder. She worked tirelessly on behalf of others and will be missed by all.

Her family expresses deep appreciation for the love and sympathy shown by all during this time of loss. Her sons Whit and Chris give thanks to all and a special thanks to Mrs. Russell P. (Emma) Martin for a lifetime of love and devotion to their dear Mother.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 til 8:00 PM at the home, 401 Circle Drive in Ahoskie.

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Margaret Newsome
12 years ago

Whit and Chris,

I was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was such a wonderful teacher and person. Even though you will miss her, she will live in your hearts. I have fond memories of her both from the classroom and as a friend of my family. Know that many people have you in their thoughts and prayers.

Margaret Newsome

Rosa Shores Mizelle
12 years ago

Mrs. Powell was a great lady and a wonderful teacher. There are so many times that I still remember the things that she said and did. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your families. I also lost my Dad on Easter Sunday 2011. Sincerely, Rosa

Dorothy Barnes Johnson
12 years ago

Mrs. Powell was my English teacher for four years at AHS, and memories of that dear lady have given me such pleasure throughout my life and work experience. She was an inspiration to me and, because of her, I loved high school even more than I ever imagined. Her helpful advice, great sense of humor, and knowledge of the English language and literature were instrumental during my college years. My condolences to her family and dear friends…

Gertrude Kennedy
12 years ago

Indeed sorry to learn of the passing of Dorothy. She taught school in Enfield, NC and I am one of her former students. She came to our class reunions

( class of 1950 )whenever she could, but she did not come to our last one in August 2010. She was a great teacher and a favorite among her students. I kept in touch with her over the years and I shall miss her. My deepst sympathy to you all.

lee moore
12 years ago

While I did not know Ms. Powell personally one of my dearest friends was her son Chris…He has been a friend for more than 30 years and through him and numerous other people in Eastern N.C. I came to know all about his dear mother…may she rest in peace and I know she will be missed but never forgotten….

Ralph Mosley
12 years ago

Whit, Chris and Families,

Your Mother was a very special woman,teacher,parent and friend. She shared her love and knowledge so freely. I can still remember her standing beneath one of the very tall windows at Ahoskie High School telling our tenth grade class that learning to use proper English was crucial if we ever wanted to accomplish great things. Her commitment was to teach us, not by memorizing a lot of rules from our text but to listen to correct English and to speak correct English. What an unbelievable teacher!!! I can‚??t quote the rules but I can easily use what she taught us.

Your Mother influenced so many people and left such a legacy among the students she taught. She left good stock to carry on her tradition in your family. She is truly ONE of a kind.

I wish all the best for you all as you celebrate her life.

Warm Regards

Ralph Mosley

Elaine Ray
12 years ago

Whit & Chris, Mother does not have your address nor does she have a computer, so she asked me to send this to you. “The service was lovely and Dot would have been proud.Dot was such a special friend to me and I loved her so much. She will be missed by so many in Ahoskie. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. It was good to see you today. Take Care. Love, Grace Sumner

Lynda Robbins
12 years ago

Mrs. Powell was my favorite teacher. She loved her subject and taught it well. She was also a very kind person who really cared about her students. I will always love good literature and the English language, thanks, in no small part, to her.

Carl D. Taylor
12 years ago

Whit and Chris–I was so sorry to hear of the passisng of your wonderful mother. Carolyn and I were fortunate to get to know her in 1968 when we moved to Ahoskie. She as always been the “adademic leader” of the R-C area! Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.