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Daniel Devon Powell, Sr.: Green Sea

1936 – 2021

     Daniel Devon Powell, Sr. of Green Sea was welcomed home by Jesus on Dec. 3, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He was 85.

     He was born in Green Sea on Oct. 14, 1936. He was the son of the late Daniel Monroe and Elma Roberts Powell, also of Green Sea.

     He was a graduate of Green Sea High School, Newberry College (Business Administration), and Florence Darlington Tech (Civil Engineering). He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and uncle known affectionately as “Uncle Buddy” or “Uncle Devon” by many nieces and nephews.

     Devon leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Lillie Mae Puckett Powell, originally of Pireway. They had their first date in October of 1953 at the Tabor City Ritz Theater and married on Dec. 18, 1957. They had many happy years together and enjoyed travelling across the United States and Canada with beloved friends.

     Devon also leaves behind two children, Daniel Devon Powell, Jr. (Noreen) of Columbia, and Michele Funderburk (Kevin) of Little River; a grandson, Daniel Funderburk of Clemson; his brother, Thelton Powell (Cornelia) of Due West; and three sisters Fleetie Belle Fowler and Marguerite Williamson of Green Sea, and Sarah Baumler (Richard) of Warner Robbins, Georgia; and many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews.

     Devon worked for the SC Department of Transportation for 12 years as an Engineering Inspector. He also worked for the US Postal Service for 26 years, and retired as Postmaster of Green Sea Post Office in 1998.

     Through the years, he faithfully served in every church he attended including Green Sea Baptist Church in many different ministries as a Bus Driver, Camera and Sound Operator, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Chaperone for Youth Trips to Ridgecrest, and numerous Pastor Search and Church Committees.

     He loved his family, friends, church, community, Clemson Tigers, the Word of God, and most of all his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In his prayers, he was often heard saying “Thank you Lord for healing”, but in his final prayer, he said “Thank you Lord for taking my cancer and my pain away forever.”

     His earthly life may have ended, but he is now more alive than ever in the presence of the King of Kings Jesus Christ!

     Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Green Sea Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Charles Brust. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

     Special thanks to our Angel Nurse Joanne Haschak and the team at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for their exceptional care and support during this time.

     In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401-7335, or Green Sea Baptist Church, P.O. Box 125, Green Sea, SC 29545.

     A guest register is available here.