Catherine Virginia Powell

July 2, 2009June 16, 2013
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Catherine Virginia Powell went to be with Jesus on June 16, 2013 after a tragic swimming accident at her beloved Lake Waccamaw. She was born on July 2, 2009 in Raleigh NC. Catherine, or “Kit Cat”, as she was called to all who knew and loved her, attended school at White Memorial Weekday School. She is the daughter of Ralph Sadler Powell and Leigh Thomas Powell of Raleigh. She was the granddaughter of Virginia Coburn Powell and the late Walter H. “Buck” Powell, Sr. of Whiteville, NC and David Lee Thomas and Grace Shelby Thomas of Raleigh, NC.

She is survived by her parents, two sisters and brother, Gracie Leigh Powell, Sadler Thomas Powell and Ginny Elizabeth Powell of the home and a loving family of 12 aunts and uncles and 13 cousins.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the heroic rescue personal, doctors, nurses, police officers, and other medical care givers that worked so long and hard to save her. On Wednesday, June 19th the family will receive family and friends from 6PM-8PM at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. On Thursday, June 20th , there will be a private service at 11 AM at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. At 2 pm, family and friends are invited to a memorial service at Hayes Barton Baptist church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White Memorial Weekday School, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608, St David's School, 3400 White Oak Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, or the Lake Waccamaw Fire & Rescue Squad, 203 Flemington Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • Private Graveside Service Thursday, June 20, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 20, 2013

Catherine Virginia Powell

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Chaplain Cindy Coble

July 3, 2013

thought of y'all all day yesterday.. my prayers continue to be with you...

Candy Cypret

July 2, 2013

Ralph, Leigh, Gracie, Sadler, and Ginny. I pray for your family each day, and I cannot imagine the loss you feel not having your precious Catherine here to hug and kiss. She is an angel in Heaven with Jesus and will always be in your heart. Happy Birthday, sweet Catherine.

Candy Cypret - Owen Sese's gramma

July 2, 2013

Happy Birthday sweet Catherine.

Warm regards,
Jay, Cheryl, Ellie, Amelia & Blythe Bowman

Christina McDermott

June 26, 2013

I am a life long friend of Kate H. Johnson for many years. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your Kit Kat is in God's arms and wants you to have peace. God bless your family. Please know that many of Kate's friends are praying and sending love.

June 24, 2013

So saddened to hear of the loss of your precious daughter. We are family members of Matthew McDonald and know that God will grant you peace and comfort in such a difficult time.

Johnny & Linda Holder Lillington NC

Miss. Joann

June 23, 2013

God bless your family. ?? I will keep your family in my prayers.Having your children at White Memorial week day school has been a such a blessing . I am so very sorry for your loss. Catherine will be forever missed.

June 23, 2013

Ralph, Leigh, Gracie, Sadler and Ginny,

Thank-you for sharing the beautiful pictures of Catherine and your family. What wonderful memories you have together. May those memories carry you through the days to come. Your family remains in our prayers and we are here for you when you need us.

Love to all,
Jay, Cheryl, Ellie, Amelia and Blythe Bowman

Joann Cooper

June 22, 2013

Our hearts are saddened for you all in the tragic circumstances and loss of Catherine. The communities of which all of you are a part pray God's blessings to comfort and sustain the wonderful memories of your hearts. Remember her angelic voice singing praise to Jesus in "Jesus loves me-this I know." The Ashley Families of Whiteville NC
Corbin and Joann (Ashley) Cooper
Penney Farms, Florida

Steve and Nancy Weinreich

June 22, 2013

Ralph, Leigh, and Family;
We are saddened with the news of Catherine's passing. We know that your family and close friends and your faith will provide you with the strength to move on. We are friends of Kate Johnson and she knows of the loss of our son David four years ago. While your pain is beyond understanding, you have special memories that you will always hold dear.

Mary Gregg. & Phillip Edwards

June 21, 2013

Dearest Leigh and Ralph,
The Memorial Service was a beautiful loving tribute to Catherine. We know how very much she is missed and we share your grief. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding and may you find a way to feel joy in spite of the pain with every thought and remembrance of your precious Catherine. She is a beautiful addition in God's house now. We shall continue to hold you, Gracie, Sadler, Ginny and The Powell and Thomas Families close in our hearts and prayers. We love you.