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Henry Melvin Powell, 85

June 22, 2009

AUG. 8, 1923-JUNE 20, 2009

HANCOCK - Henry Melvin Powell, 85, of Maryland Avenue, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md.

Born Aug. 8, 1923, in Eckhart, Md., he was the son of the late Jacob Elmer and Harriet Alice Hepler Powell.

He attended Warfordsburg, Pa., schools.

He was a veteran of World War II from 1942 to 1946, serving in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic.

He was employed as a mechanical draftsman for various aircraft manufacturing companies, including Fairchild, Lockheed Martin, Grumman and Boeing Aircraft.

He was a member of American Legion Post 561 and VFW Post 410 of McConnellsburg, Pa.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and AARP.

He was a member of May's Chapel Christian Church.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Pirates baseball, family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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He is survived by five daughters, Jackie Booth and husband, Glenn, of Front Royal, Va., Verleen Liner, Joyce Fritz and husband, Winston, all of Hancock, Billie Charlene Bell of Manassas, Va., and Patricia Owings of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Melvin Dennis Powell and wife, Nancy, of Needmore, Pa. and Henry Keith "Bud" Powell and wife, Debbie, of Stephenson, Va.; two sisters, Vi Bowers of Hancock and Naomi Rummel of Mount Vernon, Ohio; one brother, Johnny Powell of Warfordsburg; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Stanley Powell, Floyd Powell, Carl Powell and Donald Powell; and three sisters, Estelle Apple, Opal Seavolt and Louise Seavolt.

A service will be held Wednesday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at May's Chapel Christian Church, Warfordsburg. The Rev. Delmas Bard will officiate. Burial with a military service by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock and at the church Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The family requests that to help defray funeral expenses donations may be made to the Grove Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Hancock, MD 21750.

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