Frank Powell, Jr.

07/15/1949 - 06/24/2020

Obituary for Frank Powell, Jr.

Frank Powell Jr., 70 completed his earthy journey Wednesday, June 24, 2020 as he lived, quietly at home after a battle with cancer. Born July 15, 1949 to the late Frank Powell Sr. and Ethel Ellis Powell in Columbus County, NC.

Frank attended Westside High School where his academic excellence took him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the age of 16 where he studied Botany. He spent several years helping to develop the Chapel Hill Botanical Gardens. While there, he made many friends and became a large part of the community. He remained the biggest Tar Heel fan ever until his death.

During his work career, Frank provided managerial and culinary skills to several Chapel Hill eateries. In additional to his work, he spent numerous hours helping others to understand and prepare their income taxes and other financial documents.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 41 years, Forsythia Griffin Powell, daughter: Franchesca Gantt (Dennis), son: Dr. Frederick G. Powell (Latoya), three grandchildren: AJ Powell, Zuri Powell and Zoe Powell, sister: Anita L. Powell, brother: Steve Powell (Wanda), sister in laws: Sophronia Qualls, Daneal Qualls-Holston (Kirk), nieces: Kelli Powell, Sydney Foster and Kirsten Holston, nephew: Ericc Powell, aunt: Doris Malone, uncle: Kenneth Ellis (Vivian), cousin: Vondia Colette Malone and a special lifelong friend Walter Malloy and many others.

The measure of any man is how he is remembered. Frank will be remembered as the best husband, father, brother and friend anyone could have. He loved his family and they loved him. He was a simple man that found great joy gathering with family and friends over a delicious home cooked meal.

A celebration of his life will take place on his birthday July 15th, 2020, where the family will have a private service at their home. Afterwards, the family ask family and friends to stop by between 3-6; keeping all safe by following COVID-19 safety guidelines (mask required for house entrance).

To our family and friends, we are overwhelmed and very appreciative of the many acts of kindness you have shown us during our loss. We love each of you and ask God to continue to bless you and your families.


Guest Book

At this moment we know that you are sad. We ask God to restore your joy as the years pass. Delton Holloway

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May God bless you during this time of sorrow.

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I am so truly sorry to hear of Mr. Powell's passing. I was lucky enough to know him for the past 10 years. I will forever remember our chats about UNC and Cam Newton. He was such a genuinely wonderful person and made my life better by being in it. To his lovely family, I am sending all of my love and condolences your way. -Wendy L.

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We were so sad to hear of the passing of Mr Powell.We came know Frank several years ago,in doing so we realized we had work together at UNC Chapel hill and from that point on we connected and remained friends.we will never forget the love and wisdom that was shown to us by Frank and his wife.May God wrap his arms around the family and comfort you at this time.Rest in peace Frank. Mack & Patricia Taborn

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I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Powell. He was such big part of my childhood in the neighborhood I grew up in. Fred and I grew up close along with everyone else in that neighborhood. I am praying for Mrs. Powell, Fran,and Fred. We love you dearly. May God protect and comfort you. May you find refuge and peace within him. May God continue to place a hedge of protection around your hearts. Sincerely, Frederick L. Turner and the entire Turner family.

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To Frankie's Family. I was saddened to learn of Frankie's passing. Please know that you are in my prayers. I have known Frankie for many years, his mother was one of my favorite high school teachers. She taught me how to sew and expanded my cooking skills. Queen Wooten Lawrence

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Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

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