Eugene Powell

March 6, 2011


AHOSKIE – Eugene Powell, age 76, of the 1400 block of US 13 South, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center of Hampton, VA.

Mr. Powell was born in Union Town, Pennsylvania, on March 12, 1934, a son of the late Buford and Sarah Taper Powell. Eugene, affectionately known as ‘Bizz’ to family and friends, was a graduate of German Township High School and received his Associate’s Degree in Business Administration at Roanoke Chowan Community College, where he later served as Veteran Service Officer. He was a 20 year veteran in the United States Air Force. ‘Bizz’ served as manager of Wholesale Building Supply and was top salesman at Heilig-Meyers Furniture Company in Ahoskie.

Mr. Powell was an active member of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church where he served as deacon, usher, choir member and choir guild, and was the Church’s Santa Claus. He was also very active in several civic and community organizations, including the Masons, the Elks, and Mid East Commission. He served on the Ahoskie Town Council, and starred in many theatrical productions at the Gallery Theater. When his children were in school, Eugene was PTA president, a band booster parent, and served as a substitute teacher.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Elsie Jean Hall Powell; a daughter, Nikki N. Brooks of Springfield, VA; a son, Gregory E. Powell of Fairfax, VA; a granddaughter, Kirstin B. Brooks; two sisters, Naomi Palmer and Grace Kirk, both of Washington, DC; and two brothers, Albert Powell and Michael Powell, also of Washington, DC. Also surviving is a son, Hugh M. Powell of California, and daughters, Helen P. Leith and Grace Powell of Scotland.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Ashe and Chaplain Nathaniel Milton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, and other times at the home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Eastern NC Alzheimer’s Association, 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC, 27612.

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Kisha Pierce Watford
13 years ago

Mrs. Powell, Nikki, and Gregory… I was saddened to hear of your loss. I thought of him often,e specially when I’d see his name on the church bulletin. I have fond memories of him in the choir, at church meetings, and especially at our Christmas Eve Programs. Mrs. Powell I miss you and hope that you’ll soon visit us at Plains again soon. May you all hold onto the fond memories and know that Mr. Powell will always live in your hearts. God bless you all through these days.


Kisha Pierce Watford

Doug Askew
13 years ago

To Genes Family:

Gene was truly one of the nicest people I have known. I worked w/him in the Elections for years and he always gave you a smile which came easy for him b/c he enjoyed people and they enjoyed him.

A fine man. Sorry for your loss.

Victor Ross
13 years ago

I met Eugene at Roanoke Chowan Technical Institute about 1975. He and I became friends and we talked about the military being that both of us had served. He will be missed.

To the family: I know you are experiencing a tramatic lost. Jesus will keep you in his everloving arms. I will include you in my prayers. God Bless You!!

Linda Vinson
13 years ago

On behalf of the Simmons family, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Powell family. “Bizz” was a “people person”, always offering a smile, a laugh and a joke. He was well-loved and respected by all who knew him. May God grant you comfort during this time of bereavement. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Trinette Ingram
13 years ago

To My Sister Jean, Niece Nikki, and Nephew Greg, We have all been blessed to have had such a wonderful human being in our lives. He leaves behind more memories;than time, more love;than heart to hold. Our “Bizz” will be missed dearly.

Constance Daniels
13 years ago


I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy.

Margaret K Hampton-Gaines
13 years ago

Elsie and Family,

May the sweet and loving memories of your husband and father sustain and comfort you at this time.

Margaret and Larry Gaines

James Clark & Family
13 years ago

to the family of the late Eugene Powell from the clark family may god keep you in peace as you mourn be lost…

PS: He will be missed

Bettie Hall
13 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of Eugene’s passing. He was a special person. I so enjoyed working with him at RCCC. He was always full of joy. He made us feel happy and I will miss his big smile.

Mrs. Powell, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. GOD BLESS.

Wendy (Tayloe) Fox
13 years ago

So sorry for your loss… I worked with Gene at Heilig Meyers about 15 years ago. He was a nice man & I remember he had many dedicated customers!