Sunday, December 16, 2007

William Brooks Powell (1853-1923) Obituary

The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 17 December 1923 (Page 5)

W. Brooks Powell Dies Unexpectedly

William Brooks Powell, for thirty-four years, a well-known citizen of Danville, died unexpectedly at his home, 775 Main street, shortly before seven o'clock, Sunday night. Mr. Powell, who was 70 years of age, had been in declining health for five years, but his death was quite unanticipated. He had been able to go out recently, and had been engaged on tobacco market during the heavy period of the past week. On Sunday morning he was taken ill and he gradually grew worse during the day, his condition becoming critical during the evening when life left him peacefully.

Mr. Powell was born in Caswell county March 4, 1853, being a son of the late Mastin Jefferson Powell and Mrs. Susan Gillespie Powell. He came to Danville thirty-four years since, and engaged into the tobacco business, being a re-handler and one of the veteran buyers of the market. He was the oldest member of the Danville Tobacco Association, and three years ago he was elected an honorary life member of the organization. Mr. Powell was widely known, not only among the tobacco fraternity of this city, but among the farmers patronizing the Danville market for many miles around. Mr. Powell was married about forty years ago to Miss Florence Allen at Milton, who survives with three children, Gordon B. Powell Danville, Mrs. Dan E. Hooker, Greensboro, Mrs. Evelyn P. Skinner and Miss Colleen Powell. Three sisters survive Mrs. John G. Lea, Danville, Mrs. J. H. Slade, of Blanch, N. C., and Mrs. R. M. Hubbard, of South Hill. He also leaves a half-brother John B. Powell.

The funeral will be held from the home at ten o'clock Tuesday morning and will be conducted by the Rev. James M. Shelburne. Interment will be in Green Hill cemetery.


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