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Linda McLean Powell

November 20, 1953November 6, 2020
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LINDA MCLEAN POWELL

Hickory – Linda McLean Powell, 66 of Hickory, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 6, 2020 at her home. Born on November 20, 1953, she was the daughter of the John Wesley McLean, Sr. and Georgia Finger McLean. She was an avid decorator and loved to travel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Allen Powell and a brother, John Wesley McLean, Jr.

Survivors include, 4 daughters, Dominique McAdams, Deja Powell, Rhea Jones and Tasaday Roberts; 2 sisters, Alice Baker and Janice Gray; 2 brothers, Albert Kennedy and wife Caroline and Robert Kennedy and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Catawba Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Tolbert officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com.

The Powell family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.

  • FAMILY

  • Dominique McAdams, Daughter
  • Deja Powell, Daughter
  • Rhea Jones, Daughter
  • Tasaday Roberts, Daughter
  • Alice Baker, Sister
  • Janice Gray, Sister
  • Albert Kennedy (Caroline), Brother
  • Robert Kennedy, Brother
  • A host of nieces and nephews

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  • St. Judes Children's Hospital
  • The American Cancer Society
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David Whitfield

November 15, 2020

To Linda's Family and Friends:
May I share with you my deepest sympathies for your profound loss. I had the enormous good fortune to have met and cared deeply your beloved sister, aunt and friend. What a thoroughly remarkable woman ...extremely bright, warm, witty, talented, stylish, enormously generous and possessing an irrepressible sense of humour ! I also deeply respected her exceptional sense of social justice and compassion for all ... no small accomplishment in this unfortunately polarized era. I am blessed to have shared so many sublime moments with Linda ( never have I laughed so deeply or frequently) but a couple of memories stand out to share with you. When she came to visit me in Toronto, we shared a lengthy car ride in the country to visit my aged mother. Most of this ride was spent singing loudly to some of our favourite music ...Motown, Philly Soul and numerous hits from Soul Train. How truly wonderful to realize that a skinny white kid from rural Ontario, Canada and a beautiful African American girl from rural North Carolina would be grooving to the same music as teenagers only to come together for a duet some fifty years later! (One of my fave photos was the photo of the three sisters as teenagers....girls so lovely that I would have hopelessly tongue-tied meeting them). Of course, when Linda met my mother she was so exceptionally kind and considerate...later calling my mother without my knowledge to comfort an aging woman she had only just met. How special is that ! My life is so very much richer for knowing her. She has a special place in my heart .
Blessings and a special thank you to her family for contributing so very much to her happiness in this lifetime.
Most Sincerely,
David Whitfield

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