James Edward Powell

November 15, 1926March 25, 2014
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Chesapeake - James Edward “Jimmy” Powell, 87, passed away March 25, 2014. Mr. Powell was born Nov. 15, 1926 on the Eastern Shore in Onancock, VA. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. Mr. Powell was employed by Crockin – Levy Furniture in Norfolk and American Furniture in Albuquerque, NM. After retiring he worked for Haynes Furniture at The DUMP and worked at Smith & Williams Funeral Home as a funeral assistant. Mr. Powell was a member of Mesa Masonic Lodge #68 in NM, Portsmouth Scottish Rite 32 °, Khedive Temple of Chesapeake, Chesapeake Shrine Club of Khedive Temple, and VFW #4809.

Mr. Powell was one of William T. Powell Sr. and Ethel Belote Powell’s eight children. He is preceded in death by his father; mother; brothers, R. Jack Powell, William T. “Bill” Powell Jr., Jerry T. Powell, and George D. Powell Sr.; and sisters, Betty Ann Powell, and Peggy Powell Parker.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Jean Hanbury Powell, daughter, Michele Powell Hartley and her husband Robert "Bob"; son, Kirk James Powell and his wife Andrea; grandsons, Justin Clay Hartley and Zachary Parker; granddaughter, Kylie Marie Powell; his only surviving sibling, Daniel W. Powell; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. You may offer condolences to the family at


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Mario Vargas

April 18, 2014

I am so glad Jimmy Powell was a part of my life. He was a generous man and very accepting of this long haired Mexican kid from Albuquerque. Love and peace uncle jimmy.

Michele Hartley

April 4, 2014

Daddy, I hope I was able to grant you comfort and peace. I'll always be your little girl. Bobby and I will always take care of Mama ----so, don't worry. I'll love you forever, Michele

Michele Hartley

April 4, 2014

Daddy, I hope I was able to grant you comfort and peace. I'll always be your little girl. Bobby and I will take good care of Mama --so, don't you worry. Love you always, Michele

Roberta Preston

March 31, 2014

So sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. My prayers for you Jean, and your family at this time of great sorrow.

March 30, 2014

I was deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Powell's passing. May God's Grace strengthen your family. My prayers are with your family.
Mary L. Harris, Atlanta, Ga
Daughter of Bernice Stokes

Jimmy Germelman

March 29, 2014

So very sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. Jean, may God give you and your family strength in the days ahead. I'll never forget the good times we all shared together.

Melissa Self

March 29, 2014

Uncle Jimmy, you will be dearly missed

Kirk Powell

March 28, 2014

I will love you and miss you forever! Love, Kirk