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Robert E. “Bob” Powell

Robert E. “Bob” Powell

October 3, 1938 - April 26, 2018     Age: 79

Robert E. “Bob” Powell, age 79, of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away at the Warner Center Community Hospice on Thursday, April 26, 2018, surrounded by his family.  He was born in Monticello, Georgia on October 3, 1938 and attended Middle Georgia College and Oglethorpe University.  On June 12th, 1960 he married Billy Jean Browning of Hazlehurst, Georgia. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Emmie Louise Powell, as well as his only daughter Christa Powell Walley.  He is survived by his wife Billy Browning Powell, son Robert (Alice) Powell, Jr., son-in-law James (Kathy) Walley, grandchildren Gary Walley, Matthew Walley, Brittney (Dexter) Powell Freeman, and Robert Powell III, and three great grandchildren.  Equally important to him were his many friends who touched his life and became like family.

Bob’s long and distinguished career in Agri Business, notably with Central Soya Company, Super Sweet Feeds, Poultry Health Services, and Ivesco, moved him and his family all over the South and Midwest where they made many lifelong friends.

Bob loved the beach, and his lifelong dream was realized during the last 21 years by living in Fernandina Beach, Florida on the ocean.  He also loved to cruise and travel with family and friends and visited six of the seven continents.  He selflessly volunteered for his church and numerous organizations throughout his life.  Bob loved to tell his grandchildren “leave more than you take.”  Bob was a warm, happy, joking, and loving person to all who knew him. 

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The family requests donations may be made in his memory to Memorial UMC or The Barnabas Center.

9 Condolences

  • Janett Thomas Posted April 27, 2018 11:37 am

    Billie, I am so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Kim Willis Posted April 27, 2018 2:41 pm

    Billie, We are so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man, know he will be missed by many. Love, hugs and many prayers will be lifted for you and your family. Kim Willis, Baptist Pulmonary

  • Meredith Posted April 27, 2018 4:14 pm

    Billy, we have years and years of fond memories of you and Bob. Bob gifted my children with the memory of shark teeth hunting at the beach, and we are passing down this tradition to Grant’s children now. We love Bob dearly and are so grateful to have been a small part of your lives. Bob sure did live by his words, consistently giving more than he took. Pedro, the kids and I are praying for peace for you, Robbie and your family.

  • Chris Bryan Posted April 27, 2018 4:24 pm

    Bob will be missed by so many. He volunteered many hours helping others. He was a kind, gentle man. Prayers for Billy and his family.

  • Dickie and Shelly Anderson Posted April 27, 2018 6:06 pm

    What a prince of a gentleman Bob was. Will miss his smiling face.

  • Diana and Arthur Herman Posted April 29, 2018 12:35 pm

    Special soul who will definitely leave more than he took–wishing you and your family peace.

  • Joy and John Posted May 1, 2018 6:52 am

    We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We wish we could be there. We will always have very good memories of Bob especially teaching him about Australian football.

  • Bonnie & Denny Lynch Posted May 3, 2018 1:21 pm

    The memories are endlesss: the golf, the beach, the crabbing,,the bridge,the gourmet club,,
    the shark’s teeth and the gentle soul who made it all so much fun. We’ll miss him, so.

  • Trish Dooley Posted May 4, 2018 11:00 am

    Dear Billy- I am so very sorry for your loss and want you to know how much Bob and his generous, caring nature and smile will be missed. Sorry I can’t join in the Celebration of Life but will be thinking of you and your family. Sending loving thoughts and prayers your way, Love, Trish

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