Franklin C. Powell

Franklin C. Powell, 78, St. Marys, husband of Carolyn O’Neil Powell for 54 years, passed into the arms of his Savior at Marietta Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Born in Schultz Community, Pleasants County, WV, on Dec. 17, 1939, he was the son of the late Benjamin A. Powell and the late Minnie M. Cottrill Hickman Powell. He was a 1960 graduate of St. Marys High School, a graduate of the Air National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. He retired after 32 years in the Air Force as a Master Sergeant and was a Vietnam War and Gulf War Veteran. He served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He was a Master Electrician for 20 years at American Cyanamid and was a member of the George Street Church of Christ. Frank was a member of the St. Marys Lodge #41 AF & AM and would have received his 50 – year pin in April. He was also a 32nd degree (KCCH) member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Parkersburg, Pennsboro Commandry #20 of Knights Templar, Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons, Bethany Chapter 4 White Shrine of Jerusalem, St. Marys Chapter 31 of the Order of Eastern Star, and was past patron of Pennsboro Chapter 26. He enjoyed traveling, collecting, repairing things, and loved movie Westerns. He valued hard work, loved going to church, and loved his family.

Survivors other than his wife include two sons, Franklin (Paula) Powell, II, Charleston, and Benjamin M. (Andrea) Powell, Woodstock, GA; two grandchildren, Gwynne M. Powell and Adam M. Powell; brother Marion Pryse (Nancy) Powell; sister-in-law Mary L. Powell, niece Amy L. Powell, nephew James P. Powell, II, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Zenobia Lawson, Norinne Barnhart, Emma McPeek, and Ada Williams; and four brothers, Denver DeVere Hickman, Thomas N. Powell, Benjamin P. Powell and James Porter Powell.

Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Friday Dec. 7, 2018 at Ingram Funeral Home with Rob Fraser officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Island Cemetery with Masonic and Military Rites at the grave. Friends may call from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 – 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to the Shiners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229 or Nemesis Shrine Transportation Fund, 244 Watson Rd., Parkersburg, WV 26104. An online guest register is available at