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Obituary: Floyd Ray Powell; Pencil Bluff

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Floyd Ray Powell of Pencil Bluff, passed away on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Born on Jan. 31, 1923, he was the son of Washington Lafayette “Fate” and Mamie Housley Powell. Powell had a long and distinguished career in the US Navy, serving in the South Pacific in World War II as part of the Seabees. He was stationed at many locations around the globe, including Antarctica. As part of Operation Deep Freeze, he participated in the construction and expansion of the scientific bases on the continent. He was transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 1967.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Louise (Ault), Lillie (Ryan), William, Vernon, and Pearl (Kinsey). He is survived by an extended family of nieces and nephews.

Powell was interred at a private graveside service at Peak Cemetery in Montgomery County on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home of Mount Ida, AR.

Guest register at www.thorntonfh.com

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