Bennie Wayne Powell

March 28, 1954January 3, 2019

Benny Wayne Powell, 64, broke his chains that held him down and was set free by his Lord on Thursday, January 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00pm in the chapel of McLaurin Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sheila Gore Powell; son, Josh Powell of Wendell; brother, Danny Powell of Smithfield and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, BC and Bea Powell of Clayton. Benny was a simple, sweet soul who loved his God, his country, family, friends and little critters. He was a proud southern man. He has fought the good fight and has gone home to see his mama, daddy and his hound dog. The family will receive friends on Sunday, one hour prior to the service from 1 until 2:00pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Just Jesus Community Church c/o Alan Hicks, 1604 Buckingham Road, Garner, NC 27529. Online condolences may be made to the Powell family at Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019

Bennie Wayne Powell

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Sue Canupp Marion

March 18, 2019

Dear Sheila
I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God's loving presence comfort you during this time of loss.

With deepest sympathy,

Sue Canupp Marion

Wanda Todd Strickland

January 8, 2019

Sheila and Josh...I have just found out about Benny, you all are in my thoughts and prayers...Benny was my neighbor and friend for brother and I hung out with Benny as neighbors and friends from little kids thru adulthood...Benny is with his mom and dad in Heaven and what a glorious reunion that was I am all stay strong ..prayers for all...Wanda

Phyllis White

January 5, 2019

Shiela, we've been friends since childhood. You always were & are still, a blessing to everyone who comes in contact with you. You & Bennie were soulmates. You were meant to be. He loved you so much, when he looked at you, his eyes lit up with love. I know your heart is broken, but you have such wonderful memories. Not everyone ends up with their soulmate, which makes you double blessed.
He wasn't alert last week when I visited, however I will always remember him smiling. I am sharing a photo taken a year ago while he was still up and about.
Thinking about you & praying for strength. You will be in my heart always.

Jane Johnson

January 5, 2019

Benny was a dear friend from back in the day.
I was just so glad that God had our roads cross again, many years later, when Earl & I moved to Clayton. Earl returned to Shotwell, in a different frame of mind! Well, we both did, for that matter. We met his sweet wife Shiela, and went to J2C2 together. Give Earl a BIG hug for me! ❤️
Shiela & I will be fine, until we join you angels!
Love You, Benny!
Jane Holmes Johnson

Kay Lancaster

January 5, 2019

Sheila and Family,
Many years ago I sat beside that pond while visiting Bea,BC,Danny and Bennie. Good times we shared as Bea was the sister of our related uncle,Leon Williams. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Bennie, free from pain,free at last and we will see you again.

Marcia Sennholtz

January 5, 2019

Sending my Love to you Sheila and celebrating the life of Bennie. I knew neither one of you well until recently but have come to know how wonderful you both are. My Mike M used to speak of Benny a lot, always good things. Please know he will always be near watching over will see his signs and it will bring you such comfort. ❤

Sheryl Upchurch

January 5, 2019

Dearest Sheila,
My heart, love and prayers go out to you. I know the pain in your heart, but joy awaits, and may God's grace and mercy be with you in the coming days. Benny had a gentle soul and was loved by many. His presence will be missed, but know that we shall all be reunited one day. May strength and comfort be bestowed upon you. I am but a call away if you need anything.

Richard Strickland

January 4, 2019

Date night with Benito! A cruise around town, then kickstands down at Chick Fil A..!

Along with the pain of losing such a wonderful man, we must find time to remember and celebrate his wonderful life that he shared with so many. Thank you Benny! We love you!

Romans 14:8
“For if we live, we live to the lord, and if we die, we die to the lord. So then, wether we live, or wether we die, we are the lords.”

Steve and Sheila Warrick

January 4, 2019

Shiela and Family,
Bennie is no longer in pain but celebrating upstairs with his parents, other family members and his friends. Bennie will be so missed, but we are elated he has been set free. We will always cherish the fond memories of a true southern gentleman, his wit, sweetness and charm. God rest his soul. Shiela, we are praying for you and your family. Also, Shiela, praying the Lord will grant you strength, peace, and contentment during this time of sorrow. Love and God’s Blessings
Steve and Sheila

Jean Stewart

January 4, 2019

Benny Powell, I only had the honor of knowing you for 3 short years. I will miss that sweet smile when I walk in church on Sunday. I will miss standing beside you or behind part of the time singing "Sanctuary" with you. Go rest High On That Mountain until we meet again. R.I.P Benny!!!!!!!!!!!