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R. Wayne Powers

d. January 13, 2012

R. Wayne Powers of Abingdon , VA , more recently of 1885 Rifle Range Rd. , Mount Pleasant , SC , died January 13, 2012. He was a native of Washington County , Virginia .

In 1940, Wayne moved with his new wife, Velma, to Charlotte , NC , where he was credit and collection manager for the CIT Corporation. He lived there for three years and then moved to Greenville , SC , where he began working in the automobile auction business.

Wayne, Velma and their family moved back to Abingdon in 1946. Wayne was a real estate and tobacco auctioneer and served as Supervisor of Sales for the Abingdon tobacco market for three years. He started his automobile auction company in Bristol , TN (Powers Auto Auction for Dealers Only). When he sold the business, he formed a real estate auction business called Hargrove-Powers Real Estate Auction Co. This company conducted auction sales in three states before Wayne retired several years later. He was also a builder and real estate developer, and he developed three of Abingdon's subdivisions.

Wayne was always interested in church, civic and community affairs. He was past president of Abingdon Civitan Club, was a charter member of Glenrochie Country Club, where he served on the board of directors for several years, and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Abingdon.

After retirement, Wayne and Velma moved to Mt. Pleasant , SC. Velma preceded Wayne in death in 2005. He was living at Franke at Seaside , a Lutheran Retirement Community, when he died.

Wayne is survived by a brother, Leo Powers of Glade Spring , VA ; a daughter, Katherine (Kitti) Elaine Mullins and her husband Mike Mullins of Mt. Pleasant , SC ; and a son, Roger W. Powers, Jr. and his wife Ronna Powers of Carrollton , TX. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Brooks Goode of Vienna, VA; Stacy Gray of Charleston, SC; and Amy Steele of Lexington, SC; five great-grandchildren: Erica, Brandon and Powers Gray, Kennedy Goode and Morgan Steele; and one great-great-grandson, Landon Gray.

A graveside service for Wayne Powers will be held at Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Scott Homesley officiating. Pallbearers will be Lowell Blevins, R.D. Powers, Buddy Honaker, Judge Charles Smith, Charles Garnett. David Bonham, Brandon Gray and David Gray. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph P. Johnson, Bill Webster, Bob Sheffey, Bob Wolfe, Dr. W. E. Cline, and Jim Ed Cozart.

The family will receive friends prior to the graveside service at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service from 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Franke Benevolence Fund, c/o Franke at Seaside (a Lutheran Retirement Community), 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

Wayne Powers and his family are in the care of Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 East Main Street , Abingdon , VA 24210 (276) 623-2700.
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