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Sergeant Starling Edward Powers, age 80, of Highway 904 East, Williamsburg, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at Continued CARE Hospital in Corbin. He was born on July 1, 1936, in Williamsburg, to the late Amos Pascal Powers and Cynthia (Perkins) Powers. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Senia Beatrice Powers Stockton.
He was retired from the United States Army 101st Airborne having served our country for over 33 years. He served in the USMC in Korea and two tours of Vietnam 1st Calvary. He was the co-founder of VFW Post 3167 of Williamsburg and co-founder of the Whitley County JROTC Cadet Command. He was a member of the Williamsburg Shriners, Masonic Lodge #490 F & AM, Kentucky Admiral, Kentucky Colonel, VFW, DAV, Non Commission Officers Association, American Vets, the Yaden Worship Center and the Kentucky Educators Association.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shelby Smith Powers, of Williamsburg; three sons, Tracy Powers (Debbie), Scott Powers and Travis Powers (Tracy), all of Williamsburg; four grandsons, Josh Powers, Zach Powers, Jared Powers and Kaden Powers; three granddaughters, Bethany Powers, Cynthia Shea Powers and Katy Powers; nephews, Charles Gregory Stockton, Terry Smith and Gary Smith; special niece, Georgia Wagers; very special great-nephew, Todd Lewis; a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at Croley Funeral Home.
A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, by the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #490 F & AM.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerome McCullah and Maj. Scott Powers (Ret) officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Smith Family Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Whitley County JROTC.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.croleyfuneralhome.com
Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg is in charge of all arrangements, Jerry W. Croley and J. Andrew Croley, directors.
Published on August 24, 2016
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