Dr. William Ernest Powell

October 27, 1927 - January 31, 2017

Dr. William Ernest Powell

October 27, 1927 - January 31, 2017


Why order flowers through us?

Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.

The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.

Memorial Candles

A Perpetual Tribute

The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.

Memorial Trees

Circle of Life

In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.

Sympathy Cards

A Thoughtful Gesture

Placeholder - to be replaced with Donations

Place a Donation

The gift of giving

We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.

Financial Support

A Helping Hand

The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.

This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
To notify the funeral home of your interest, complete and submit the following form:

Obituary for Dr. William Ernest Powell

Dr. William Ernest Powell Jr. 89, of Mars Hill passed away on January 31, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Powell was born on October 27, 1927 in Kingstree, SC. to William Ernest Powell and Laura Lynn Harris Powell. Shortly after his birth they moved to Asheville, NC. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1950. He then served as a medical intern with the U.S. Navy. In 1951 he went to Duke University Hospital and completed his residency in anesthesiology. There he met his wife, Frances Cobb, who was a nursing student at the time. They were married on November 1, 1952 in Cherryville, NC. In July of 1952 he joined Dr. Otis Duck in Medical practice in Mars Hill, NC. He practiced medicine full-time in Mars Hill until 1992. He continued practicing on a part-time basis for several more years. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, William E. Powell III, son-in-law Mike Evans, and brother, Charles H. Powell MD.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances C. Powell; a son Allen Powell (wife Denise); a daughter, Carol Evans; grandchildren Katie Evans Rice (husband Brandon), Peyton Powell (boyfriend Tanner Franklin) and Ben Powell and a great-grand child Molly Rice.

A celebration of his life will be held at Bright Hope Laurel Methodist Church on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 pm with a reception following. The family would like to thank Hospice of Madison County and Nick Sanders, Jordan Patterson and DaJon Montague for their tireless efforts in caring for our husband and father.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Hospice of Madison County, 590 Medical Park Drive, Marshall, NC 28753 or Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church, 271 Laurel Valley Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org

Send a gesture of sympathy to Dr. William Ernest Powell's family

Help & Healing Resources

In the event that there is an error in the information presented, please contact the funeral home by clicking here.