In Loving

Donald Marvin Powell

September 27, 1937 – December 26, 2023

Donald Marvin Powell of Rockville, Va, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at the age of 86.

Don was born on September 27, 1937, in Saluda, SC. Don graduated from Saluda High School where he was an accomplished athlete playing both football and baseball. He attended his beloved Clemson University and married his high school sweetheart Jacquelyn Langford. He then began his lifelong career with the Seaboard Coastline Railroad and enjoyed a long and successful career starting as a telegraph operator and ending as an Executive with CSX Railroad. Don and Jackie were married for 65 years and were blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Don was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at the mountain cabin he built in Bath County Virginia.

Don was very active in his church, Goochland Baptist Church, where he served God faithfully as a deacon and on numerous committees. He will be remembered as a very caring and loving husband, Pa, Papa, and Greatpa. Don was preceded in death by his father, Clarence F. Powell Sr.; and mother, Lila
Powell; a brother Clarence F. Powell, Jr.; and a sister Joyce Powell. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jackie; sister, Diane Hare (husband Bob); sister, Jane Mims; sister-in-law, Emily Powell, his daughter Donna Word (husband David), their children Parke Word (wife Lindsay, children Emma, Audrey, and Sophie) and Nathan Word (wife Hannah); his son Rick (wife Linda), their children Heather Mangual (husband Danny, children Ellie and John), Brian Powell (wife Amanda, children Samuel, Lucy, Peyton, and Lyla), and Jennifer Ferguson (husband Chase, children Noah and Mabel); and son Steve Powell (wife Penny), their children Dallas Powell (wife Samantha), Charlotte Powell and Lauralee Powell.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Goochland Baptist Church 2454 Manakin Rd., Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103. The visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.