Powell, William Reginald

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Powell, William Reginald 2William Reginald (Reggie) Powell passed away on July 26, 2021 at Warm Hearth Kroontje Center in Blacksburg, VA at the age of 86. He was born on January 3, 1935 in Zuni, VA and amazingly shared the same birthday with his then future mother-in-law, Lillie Brinkley Rose.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Rose Powell; son and daughter-in-law, Bill & Debi Powell of Lynchburg, VA; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie & Davie Key of Roanoke, VA; grandchildren Zachary (Sarah) Powell of Tampa, FL, Joshua & Dillon Key of Roanoke, VA, and Grace Powell of Lynchburg, VA; brothers, Russell Powell and T.A. (Betty) Powell; and numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. Reggie was predeceased by his parents, Homan & Elizabeth Powell, and loyal chocolate lab, Abby.

Reggie was retired from Royster Fertilizer Co (where he served as CEO and President). Once he retired from Royster, he worked with a group continuing in the industry as a consultant with other companies.

Reggie was an avid golfer and Virginia Tech Hokie fan, his alma mater. He loved cruising and spending time with all of his family. He and Shirley lived in several different locations across the eastern US, living most of their years in Suffolk, VA on the Chuckatuck Creek, where Reggie loved to golf and fish on his dock in the afternoons. He and Shirley spent many winters in Florida, first in Lakeland then Vero Beach, where they met so many treasured friends. They finally settled in Blacksburg, VA, where he attended many Virginia Tech football games and other VT events. Reggie always considered Virginia his home state.

He was a stoic businessman and rarely showed much emotion until he had grandchildren, which opened up the tear ducts and allowed him to get emotional at TV programs, or any family event.

There will be a celebration of life at 11 AM on Monday, August 2nd at McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, VA. The family will receive friends and family at 10 AM at McCoy before the service. Interment will follow the service at Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Warm Hearth Kroontje Center and Good Samaritan Hospice for caring for Reggie during his final year.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the William Reginald Powell Endowed Scholarship. Checks can be made out to the Virginia Tech Foundation, 902 Prices Fork Rd., Suite 4500, Blacksburg, Va. 24061, with “W.R. Powell Scholarship 884269” written on the memo line, or a contribution to Warm Hearth Foundation.

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