Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

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Charles Kenneth Powell

August 11, 1939October 13, 2019

EASTOVER - A funeral service for Charles Kenneth Powell, 80, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Powell died Sunday, October 13, 2019. Born in Greenwood, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Charles Willis Powell and Gladys Ouzts Powell. He attended Clemson University where he played freshman football for the legendary Frank J. Howard and received his Bachelor’s Degree, served as President of his Junior and Senior class, and was a member of Tiger Brotherhood Honor Fraternity. He then attended The University of South Carolina School of Law where he received his JD degree. Ken practiced law for 54 years, until his retirement in 2018. He was a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and served as chairman of South Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission from 1977 to 1979. His political activities were instrumental in establishing the Republican Party in South Carolina. Ken was on the campaign staff of Robert E. McNair and Floyd D. Spence and also served as an aide to Barry Goldwater. In 1970, he became chairman of the Republican Party for Richland County and thereafter, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, becoming the youngest state chairman of either party at the time. In 1978, Ken was awarded Order of the Palmetto by Governor James B. Edwards.

Following his political career, Ken concentrated on his children, dedicating his time to their interests and instilling in them the values and beliefs needed to be successful adults. He was a baseball coach, Cub Scout master, avid Clemson sports fan, as well as an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially quail hunting and working with bird dogs with his two boys. He will always be remembered for his supportive nature, generosity and kindness, as well as fairness and going above and beyond for family and friends. Ken also formerly served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, taught Sunday school at Shandon Baptist Church, and was President of the Men’s Brotherhood. He was a regular attendee of Beulah Baptist Church.

A Special thank you to Daybreak Adult Care Services and the Gilmore family for all of their loving care and help over the years.

Surviving are his sons, Charles “Chad” Powell (Liz) of Columbia and Matthew Powell (Lauren) of Chapin; stepdaughter, LuAnn Edens (Jay) of Bluffton; and grandchildren, Olivia Powell, Beau Powell, Charlee Powell, and Margaret Edens.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 200 Center Point Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29210 or Michael J. Fox Foundation, michaeljfox.org. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 17, 2019


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Janice Setzer

November 19, 2019

Ken was a nice man and I worked with him and knew him well. He will be truly missed. Condolences to Chad and Matt and their families.

Don Fetner

October 16, 2019

Ken was a kind, caring, loving man that Debbie and I had the pleasure of knowing. He was the epitome of a true Southern Gentleman.
We met while our sons played baseball together at Dreher High School. They were not just team mates but best friends as well. Debbie and I enjoyed Kens company at the games as we coached from the bleachers together.
We are thankful knowing that Ken is now at peace with our Lord in Heaven.
John 14:1-4

Rudy Hawkins

October 15, 2019

Matt, Thanks for notifying me of this!! Ken and I were 1st cousins! Never forget the days C.W. and Gladys would come up to Greenville and "Kenney" and I would play till dark in the creek next to Sirrine Stadium!! A Great Cousin!!! He will be well remembered!!

Lill Snow Ditton

October 15, 2019

SC lost a great man and political legend. He took a chance on a young 20something who didn’t know the difference between a deed and a mortgage and taught me how to be a real estate paralegal. I am forever grateful for his taking a chance on me.

Rest In Peace Ken, rest easy at God side til we all see you again.

Fletcher Spigner III

October 15, 2019

I did not know Ken personally, but my "connections" to him are too many to mention. I followed his public service and professional career. I have to say we have lost a truly great one. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Fletcher Spigner III