Lillian Powers

Lillian Powers

Lillian Wynne Powers, 98, passed away January 5, 2013 after a lifetime of living, loving and caring for her family, friends and church.  Lil, as she liked to be called, was born on April 12, 1914 in Norfolk, VA.  She was the middle child of five children born to Mamie Wiley Wynne and Oliver Wynne.  Her family members were active in Freemason Street Baptist Church, beginning a lifetime of active church membership for Lil.  She attended Jeb Stuart Elementary School, Blair Middle School and Maury High School, all in Norfolk; and also attended William and Mary, Norfolk Division which was the beginning of Old Dominion University.  She worked all of her adult life, doing everything from working for doctors in the Norfolk area to cleaning houses when times were tight, keeping her positive attitude even during the difficult times of World War II.  She married Tennyson Poe Powers in 1954 and had their only child, Cathy Ann Powers, in 1956.  Cathy was blessed to have such a wonderful mother and lifelong friend.  Her lively wit and perseverance were an inspiration and comfort in good times and bad.  Lil and her husband ran a store on Tulls Creek in Currituck County, NC during Cathy’s childhood and did everything from building boats to raising and selling bait and renting campsites.  When Cathy’s first husband, Lee Forbes, died tragically in August of 1995, Lil and Cathy made a home together and raised Lee and Cathy’s children, David Montelle Forbes and Sarah Wynne Forbes, with the help of Lee’s parents, Beth and Charlie Forbes.  Sarah and David were blessed to have their grandmother as an active part of their lives from birth, but especially after their father’s death.  “Miss Lil”, as she was called by her church family, was also an active member of First Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, NC and in her later years, of McBride United Methodist Church in South Mills, NC. She taught Sunday School there and contributed to the positive spirit of the church where she was an inspiration to all to keep on living fully, no matter what.  She was a walking history book, always ready to share a story about her many and varied experiences, often with a twinkle in her eye.

Lil was predeceased by her parents, Oliver and Mamie Wynne; her brothers, Winston and Dubby Wynne; her sisters, Bee Wynne Patrick and Peggy Wynne Botten; her sister-in-law and friend, Mabel Wynne; her husband, Tennyson Poe Powers; their adopted son, Ken Powers; and her son-in-law, Lee Forbes.  She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Powers Coleman and her second son-in-law, Steve Coleman, without whom Cathy could not have cared for her mother in her last years, of Norfolk, VA; her son, Mike Powers of Dumfries, VA; her beloved grandchildren, David of Asheville, NC and Sarah of Las Vegas, NV; and many nephews, nieces and friends.

A memorial service will take place Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. McBride United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to McBride United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 311, South Mills, NC 27976.  However, the best memorial those who loved her can give to “Miss Lil” is to follow her advice and example and keep laughing and living life to the fullest.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Powers family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. James T boyce

    Hey Cathy, just want to let You know that I am so sorry about the loss of Your Mother, my prayers are with You and Your family!!

  2. Mike Barnett

    My thoughts and prayers are for the family. I know my mother, Virginia, had a lot of good times painting with her at ECSU. I know she was blessed to have her in her life.

  3. Jane Etheridge

    Cathy, I am was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.

  4. Linda Collins


    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom but what a life she has had!

    You have so many wonderful stories that you will be able to share about your adventures with your mom.

  5. Jimmy and Nancy Sawyer

    We send our love and prayers. Lillian Powers was a very precious lady. We were close when we all went to First Baptist Church and we were close with Cathy and Lee at that time. We know she’s in a better place and that makes it easier. Have missed seeing the whole family. Sending our love Cathy and we’re praying for your family.
    Nancy & Jimmy Sawyer

  6. David Powers

    All of our prayers and condolence’s are with you during this tragic event.

    David & Debra Powers

  7. Lynn Armstrong Kotzian

    So sorry to hear about your mom! You have a lot of wonderful memories that can be shared for years to come. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you continue your journey without this special lady.

  8. sheila tyler

    Cathy and family,

    So glad that I saw your Mom in November. I know that you took good care of her and have lots of wonderful memories. She was a “hoot”! May God comfort you and your family during this time.
    Sheila Rose Tyler

  9. Jo Ann Perry Herring

    I worked with “Miss Powers” over 30 years ago along with co-workers Kaye Smith and Carolyn Barnes. We have been sharing memories of Miss Powers over the phone for the past couple of days. She was a remarkable lady. May you find God’s comfort in the days ahead.

  10. Carolyn Jones Barnes

    Kathy and family,
    I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Please accept my condolences. I’m sure you remember the 3 of us working together in Medical Records in the 70’s along with Kay and JoAnn. We had some good times. Again, we are all sorry for your loss. Take care.

  11. Rosie and Lee Wallio

    Dear Cathy, It is so sad to learn of your mother’s death. She was such a good friend to everyone she knew and has left all with such wonderful stories. She was so full of life, and a true sister in Christ. I consider myself blessed to have been Lil’s friend and your friend. With my deepest sympathy, Rosie

  12. Michaelene and John L. Sawyer

    I met Lilly while working at the Camden Senior Center. What a vibrant and energetic woman she was also a devoted Home Delivered Meals Volunteer. I am thankful for having met someone like her.

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