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Willa Sue Powell

April 19, 1950 — March 4, 2021

Willa Sue Powell, devoted sister and educator, died Thursday, March 4, 2021 at The University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. She was 70. Ms. Powell, was a native of Smithfield, born April 19, 1950 to Floyd E. and Mary Dashiell Powell. She graduated from Smithfield High School and the University of Virginia where she earned a Master Degree in Education.  A lifelong educator, she taught, Biology, Human Physiology, and Science. As an Administrator she served as a middle school principal, the Director of Secondary Education, Personnel, Operations, and Transportation.  Ms. Powell was a member of the Chi Beta Phi National, Scientific Honorary, VASSP/NASSP (Association of Secondary School Principals) and a Life member of the UVA Alumni Association.  Ms. Powell also coached softball.  Ms. Powell was preceded in death by her sister Edna Watson Powell Cofer; her brother-in-law, Malcolm T. (Mac) Cofer; and a nephew, Thomas Edward Cofer. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 1 p.m. at The Old Brick Church Cemetery, Bacon’s Castle, VA. Online condolences may be registered at

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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