Carl Lee Powers, age 84, passed away on Saturday, September 21, at Bristol Regional Medical Center following a lingering illness.
He was a native of Dickenson County, Virginia, having been born on November 15, 1928, and growing up in the Hatchet Creek Community outside of Nora. He lived his entire life in the family home in which he was born.
He was a graduate of Ervinton High School. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati then transferred to King College in Bristol, where he received his undergraduate degree. He later received his master’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
He was a teacher in the Dickenson County School System, having taught seventh-grade students for 35 years at Ervinton Elementary School prior to his retirement in 1999. During that period he also served as principal of the school for a period of time during the 1970s. He was a member of the Middle Branch Freewill Baptist Church.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean conflict as a part of Headquarters Company, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Division from 1949 to 1952. He was a recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Korean Service Medal with five bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and Distinguished Unit Emblem.
It was during his service in Korea that Carl had the unique experience of befriending a young Korean boy, Billy Kim, whom he later arranged to come to the United States, where he made his home with Carl while receiving his American education. He attended Bob Jones High School, University and Seminary in South Carolina. Billy Kim then returned to Korea as a minister and today is a well-known religious figure in Korea as well as serving as minister to one of the largest Baptist churches in Korea.
Carl loved the mountains where he lived and delighted in exploring them. He was also an avid writer of poetry and music, and was a devoted student of history, which he instilled in hundreds of Dickenson County youth who passed through his classroom. He also believed strongly in religious principles which he included in every facet of his teaching.
Survivors include one brother, Claude W. Powers (Jean), Palm Coast, Florida; two nieces, Sharon Peters (Henry Jr.), Dryden, Virginia, and Shiela Thomas (Scott), Austin, Texas; two nephews, Charles Powers (Joyce), Piney Flats, Tennessee, and Rick Powers, Bluff City, Tennessee; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel in Bristol with Dr. Billy Kim, Dr. Joe Kim and Dr. Bobby Griffin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24.
Burial will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Amburgy Cemetery located on Bear Ridge Road near Nora, Virginia. Pallbearers will be family members and friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.Weaverfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Weaver Funeral Home, 630 Locust St., Bristol, TN 37620; 423-968-2111