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Robert E. Powell, age 80, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Mercy Hospital following a short illness. He was born September 16, 1937, in Darwin, Okla., to Robert E, and Eunice Marie (Sullivan) Powell.
Robert served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. He was a supervisor at ICI Explosives and retired in 2002. Robert was a member of the Joplin American Legion and also a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City, Mo.
He married Linda Wyrick. She preceded him in death on April15, 1995. Also preceding him in death were his parents.
Robert is survived by one son, David Powell and wife, Leslie, Sanger, Texas; four daughters, Robyn Smith, Webb City, Jackie Ritchie and husband, Doug, Carl Junction, Mo., Heidy Hathcock and husband, Dan, Carterville, Mo., Karen Graves, Joplin; three brothers, John Powell and wife, Carole, Joplin, Spencer Powell, Webb City, David Powell, Webb City; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 6, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City, with Pastor Kyle Beverlin officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, November 5, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, Webb City.
Published on November 4, 2017
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