William Charles Powell, 84, retired Navy captain

William Charles Powell
William Charles Powell

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. William Charles Powell, 84, known as “Pappy” to some, and “Papa” to others, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, one day shy of his 85th birthday. His parents were Lowell and Isabel Powell of Ahoskie, North Carolina.

Captain Powell loved his country and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954 becoming a commissioned officer after his designation as a naval aviator in 1956. During his naval career, he was stationed primarily on the east coast — including Key West, Florida; New Iberia, Louisiana; Corpus Christi, Texas; Norfolk, Virginia; Newport, Rhode Island; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Pappy loved to fly, his favorite being helicopters. He was the commanding officer of the first LAMPS squadron in the Navy (HSL-32) in Norfolk and retired after 26 years of service. Attending church, Duke basketball, ODU football, Monday night poker with the boys and golf were his favorite activities in later life.

Papa loved and was devoted to his family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Adelia White Powell; daughter, Leigh Randolph Powell; son, William Charles Powell Jr. (Karen); five grandchildren, Ashley Leigh Puvogel (John), Nathaniel Kirk Berkhimer, Michael William Powell, Anna Louise Powell and Gabrielle Elizabeth McAfee; and three great-grandchildren, Levi Joseph Berkhimer, Kinsley Leigh Puvogel and Ellyson May Puvogel.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Community United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach. Captain Powell will be laid to rest at a later date in his birth place of Ahoskie, along with his only sibling, Thomas, who died on Christmas Day 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Autism Society or National Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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