Frederick Munsey “Ted” Powell was born in Hobe Sound, Florida to the late Frederick Munsey Powell, Sr. and Grace Alta Godfrey Powell on December 30, 1926.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 56 years, Ina Jean Bailey Powell, three sisters; Dorothy McGee, Florence Brown, and Betty Lou Cromartie, and a half-brother, Ralph Powell.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Madeline Powell, his three children; Norman Powell and wife, Chantelle, of Lumber Bridge, NC; Thomas Powell and wife, Leah, of Milledgeville, GA; and Frieda Powell Martin and husband, David, of Melbourne, FL; step daughters, Karen Deaner and husband, Alan and Linda Watring and husband, Rodney; grandchildren: Amanda Powell, Jennifer Powell, Jared Powell and wife, Marie Claire, Rachel Powell, Sarah Martin Caswell and husband, Mark, David Martin, Jr., Anna Martin, Caleb Martin, Trevor Hughes and wife, Tori, Daniel Ryan Charpentier, Raissa Charpentier, and Cara Allen; step-grandchildren Keith Deaner, Mark Watring, and Lori Watring; and great-grandchildren Roman Powell, Luke Powell, Judah Caswell, Lilah Hughes, Lanie Hughes, Destiny Watring, Gabe Deaner, and Toby Deaner.
Ted lost both of his parents by the time he was 12 years old and went to live with his oldest sister Dorothy McGee until he graduated from Stuart High School in Stuart, Florida.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945. He used the GI Bill to get his commercial pilot’s license and began crop dusting.
Ted came to North Carolina in June 1951 with his Stearman to work as a crop duster and flew until 1970. During the off seasons, he worked as an aircraft mechanic with A&P and IA certifications. In 2001, the FAA presented to him the Charley Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award in recognition of his 50 years in aviation maintenance. Ted opened Powell Avionics at the Fayetteville, NC airport January 19, 1970 and operated the shop until June 2012.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening, wood working, and was an avid ham radio operator, call sign WA4ETD. Ted gifted family and friends with his hand crafted Jesus fish and rocking horses.
Ted was a founding member of Peace Presbyterian Church and Church of the Open Door, both in Fayetteville, NC. He served as an Elder at the Church of the Open Door and was later named Elder Emeritus. He was a Gideon.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Church of the Open Door. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Lafayette Memorial Park West.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 53853, Fayetteville, NC 28305.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.sullivanshighland.com.
Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.