Arthur Powell

Published 7:17 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Arthur Powell, of Candler, North Carolina, entered his Heavenly home on Aug. 6, 2018.

Born in Edgefield, South Carolina, on Sept. 23, 1935, he joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 17 and served two terms as a ground controller, including time in Korea. He then began working for Western Electric (later AT&T) and moved to Asheville in 1963, where he met his future wife, Pauline. In the years to come, they had three daughters, whom he taught much by word and action. His strict work ethic and sacrifice for his family taught his girls the value of work and accountability. His generosity to not only his own children but other children in need taught his girls the blessing of selfless giving. When his sons-in-law came into the family, he spread that generosity to them as well as his grandchildren. He made many anonymous contributions in his community, yet never wanted recognition for his good deeds. He was a funny man who always had a joke to tell, not all of them were fit for company. He led an amazing life and shared many stories with his children. He was extremely proud of and greatly loved his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Kathleen Powell, his sister, Joann Ratliff, and his granddaughter, Adasson Ray.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Pauline Powell; his daughters, Teresa Kagley (Rick), Jennifer Nave (Jason) and Alicia Ray (Jeff); grandchildren, Janaica, Brittany (Justin), Dylan, Jesse, Paige, Chelsea and Zoe; great-grandchildren, Lucy, Elizabeth, Jude, Mason, Liam and Rylynn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. at Hominy Baptist Church in Candler. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help a child in need or make a donation to Martha’s Kids through Hominy Baptist Church.

Groce Funeral Home, Asheville, is assisting the family, and the online register is available at