William Henry Powell

February 25, 1936April 21, 2021

William Henry Powell, 85, of Madison Heights passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2021, at his residence. He was the husband of Sylvia Walker Powell. Born February 25, 1936, in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late Clarence Powell and the late Fannie (Suddith) Powell.

William was a retired mechanic for UPS and a member of Randolph Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Williams was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Keith Powell and Patrick Lloyd Powell; two siblings, Russell Powell and Barbara Hankins; one granddaughter, Gabierelle Lovelace; and one great granddaughter, Makaelyn Staples.

In addition to his wife William is survived by two daughters, April Staples (Bruce) of Lynchburg and Melody Powell of Lynchburg; four grandchildren, Brandon Staples, Durand Lovelace, Jasmine Ford and Candice Rennell; four great grandchildren, Zachary Nuggett, Kathryn Nuggett, Breelyn Staples and Bryson Staples; and other loving family members and friends.

A graveside service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 26, 2021, at Meade Cemetery with Dr. Derik Hamby officiating. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Randolph Memorial Baptist Church or the Monelison Rescue Squad.

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Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.


  • Clarence Powell, Father (deceased)
  • Fannie Suddith Powell, Mother (deceased)
  • Sylvia Walker Powell, Wife
  • Michael Keith Powell, Son (deceased)
  • Patrick Lloyd Powell, Son (deceased)
  • April Staples (Bruce), Daughter
  • Melody Powell, Daughter
  • Russell Powell, Brother (deceased)
  • Barbara Hankins, Sister (deceased)
  • Gabierelle Lovelace, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Brandon Staples, Grandson
  • Durand Lovelace, Grandson
  • Jasmine Ford, Granddaughter
  • Candice Powell, Granddaughter
  • Makaelyn Staples, Great Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Zachary Nuggett, Great Grandson
  • Kathryn Nuggett, Great Granddaughter
  • Breelyn Staples, Great Granddaughter
  • Bryson Staples, Great Grandson
  • William is also survived by other loving family members and friends.

  • Randolph Memorial Baptist Church
  • Monelison Rescue Squad


  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 26, 2021


William Henry Powell

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Dale Powell

April 25, 2021

Dear Aunt Sylvia, April and Melody so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Will. I remember his kindness and jovial spirit well. Praying that God will comfort you and your family during the days ahead as you celebrate Uncle Will's life, but mourn his loss.

God Bless,

Dale and Christine and family

Donna Robertson Riordan

April 24, 2021

Mrs Powell, April and Melodie,

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I only met Mr Powell a couple of times, and he was so kind to me. Prayer for your peace and comfort.

E. Allen Nuckles

April 24, 2021

Sylvia, I,m so sorry to hear of Will's passing. I know you will miss him very much, as I will. Always looked forward to seeing the two of you in the mornings at Hardee's.
May GOD be with you and your family during these troubling times.

The Ashley Family

April 23, 2021

May memories of Papa Powell and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Sending love and prayers with heartfelt sympathy.

Bonnie Slayton

April 22, 2021

I loved my cousin very much. He always had a smile and a joke for everyone. He will be missed greatly. My heart goes out to the rest of the family.

Kirk Farmer

April 22, 2021

The sweetest and kindness man I ever met. I always loved to be around him. Just Preached behind him. I felt like a novice. Always spoke from his heart.

Jim see Cash

April 22, 2021

God bless Sylvia and all the family during this time. It is always hard, but God leads us through as time goes by. God will give you the strength and your family and friends will assist. Prayers🙏🙏

Teresa Brooks

April 22, 2021

My dearest, most favorite Uncle Will...
God must have truly needed a strong christian soul, with the kindest heart, to add to his band of heavenly angels.
When I found out you were sick, I did not want you to suffer, but I surely was not ready for you to leave us so still doesn't even seem real that you are gone!
You were always there with a kind word, great advice, a strong shoulder in a sad time & the biggest smile in times of joy & celebration.
The circle is now complete, you are all together again...what a heavenly celebration that must have been!
Although I know you're in a better place & you are no longer in pain,
I will miss you forever & think of you often, my dearest, most favorite Uncle Will! 💛💔❤

Sarah Mays

April 22, 2021

I'm just so, so sad. I miss coming to visit you and Bell since I moved out of state. Love to the whole family. He is definitely an angel in heaven as he was on earth.

Shirley Duff

April 22, 2021

Even though the miles separated us you were never far away as you were always in my heart and forever will be. There are so many wonderful cherished memories throughout our childhood and beyond. No matter what you faced in life you faced it with positivity and always had that beautiful smile. You were always the life of the party when the Suddith gang got together. I'm so grateful we got to share that meal at Dudley's last summer. Always and forever,