Bill Powell passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the age of 94. He was born in Morganton, N.C., on March 5, 1925, to the late Sydney Forrest Powell and Mildred Prince Powell.
Bill enlisted in the United States Navy on June 7, 1942. During his time in the military he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Victory World War II Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Bill was honorably discharged on January 9, 1946, at the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate First Class. After his time in the military, Bill went on to attend Western Carolina University, where he graduated with a master’s degree in biology and a minor in industrial arts. Bill was a phenomenal athlete and in high school he played four sports and played baseball for Western Carolina University and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox.
Instead of following his baseball career, he became an educator and coach. He retired as assistant superintendent of schools with the Decatur Board of Education in Decatur, Georgia, after serving 29 years in the field.
The celebration of Bill’s life will be held at noon Friday, July 5, 2019, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home, Sylva, North Carolina. The family will receive friends and family from 11 a.m. to noon with service and graveside immediately following.
Bill is proceeded in death by his wife, Helen Fincannon Powell of Sylva, North Carolina, and his brother, Jimmy Powell. He is survived by his children, Dwight Stephen Powell and wife Carla; Anthony Wayne Powell, Sr. and wife Jean, James Forrest Powell and wife Questria; and brothers, Norman Lewis Powell and wife Norma, John David Powell and wife Mimi, and Ben Alexander Pow-ell and wife Sandy; as well as 10 grandchildren, 11great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.