Milburn Eugene “Mel” Powers, Sr., age 81, died Friday at Wayne UNC Healthcare. Born in Mississippi County, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Fred and Geneva Henderson Powers and the brother of the late Daniel Powers, Kenny Powers and JoAnn Hovis. Mel was retired from the US Air Force and was a member of Oak Forest Church of Christ. He was a member of the Goldsboro Elks Lodge #139 and retired from the Pinewood Volunteer Fire Department.
A service to celebrate Mel’s life will be held Wednesday at 5:00 pm at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home with Minister Lennie Reagan officiating. The family will gather to visit with friends immediately after the service at the funeral home. A private committal service will be held at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Mel is survived by his children, Tanyau (Sam) Benton, Lynna (Steve) Chauncey, John (Lemy) Davenport, Kevin Powers, Kim West, Mel (Cheri) Powers, Jr., Stephanie (Eric) Hanson, Steven (Michelle) Powers; sisters, Rebecca Cameron, Margaret Powers-Whitehouse, Sharon McCarthy; twenty-one grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and his canine companion, “Sir Fenwick”.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Powers family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.
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