Harry Joseph Powell

November 19, 1934April 6, 2018

HOPKINS - Harry “Joe” Powell, Sr., age 83, passed away peacefully Friday, April 6, 2018 at Providence Hospital in Columbia. He was born on November 19, 1934 in Russellville, to Arthur and Bernice Burns Powell. Joe was in the corporate sign business for many years. He worked for Colite Industries in Columbia, Jack Stone Sign Co. in Landover, MD and owned his own sign company, Metro Graphics in Forestville, MD.

Joe had a wonderful life. He was a socialite, enjoying great times with friends and family at every chance that came along.He was a charismatic person that was well‐liked and loved by many. Joe was very special to his nephews, Johnny and Charlie Thompson, to the point of almost being a second father to them when they were young. They will miss him dearly. Joe made a difference and will be remembered.

Joe is predeceased by a brother, Edward “Eddie” A. Powell; a sister, Catherine P. Cox; and a son, Harry “Jody” Powell, Jr. He is survived by a daughter, JoAnn “Jody” Miles; a son, Richard A. Powell; 3 grandchildren, Andrea “Jamison” DeLozier, Dustin J. Bothwell and Brittany A. Zalovick. Memorial gifts in Mr. Powell’s memory can be made to Heartstrings Hospice 115 Blarney Dr., Columbia, SC 29223. Please sign the online guestbook at


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Chris Stone

April 16, 2018

We're very sad to hear this news. Being around Joe as a young teenager was so much fun and left an impression on my life that could never be duplicated. I remember many sailing trips with Dad and Papa Joe & Doris, eating boiled peanuts all along the way. And a few trips up to their cabin in PA. Unfortunately Joe and Dad's professional lives would go in different directions later on, but I've always had those fond memories. He was a character the likes of which I have yet to meet twice.

Linda Bodie

April 12, 2018

We have many fond memories of Harry Joe for which we are so grateful. Our prayers go out to the family for your days ahead to find peace and comfort. Our most heartfelt condolences.

Linda Bodie and Michael Gray

Georgia Sims

April 12, 2018

I extend my deepest sympathies to the family as I am deeply saddened by Harry Joe's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.

Georgia Sims-Wimberly