Lillian Powers

October 23, 1935 - April 25, 2024
Lillian  Powers

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Lillian Powers, born to the late John Edward Powers, Sr. and the late Cordelia Glasper Powers on October 23, 1935, peacefully entered into eternal rest at 88 years of age on April 25, 2024, at Lower Cape Fear Lifecare in Wilmington, NC.

Lillian attended the public schools of North Carolina and at an early age chose Willard Chapel Baptist Church as her worshiping home. Her favorite pastimes included reading the Bible and religious materials, listening to Gospel music from various local radio stations, and cheering on her beloved UNC men’s college basketball team alongside her favorite NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lillian was employed by Willard Baptist Church until her health declined over recent years, as well as providing house cleaning services for over 50 years to various local residents. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Pearlie C. Powers, William J. Powers, Sr., PhD, and Rev. John E. Powers, Jr., PhD, as well as three sisters, Rachel (Powers) Walker, Sally (Powers) Walker, and Eleanor Powers.

Lillian is survived by two special nephews, Patrick D. Rhodes and wife, Ingrid of San Antonio, TX, and Brandon J. Rhodes and wife Yolanda of Castle Hayne, NC; nephews and nieces include Agnes M. Powers, William J. Powers, Jr., Styron N. Powers, Willie B. Walker, Jr., Brenda (Walker) Rhodes, Diane (Walker) Carlton, and Stephanie Walker. She is also survived by a special cousin, Patsy B. Spencer of Willard, NC, and a special friend Kay Warner of Rocky Point, NC, along with many other nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she dearly loved and cherished.

A private memorial service will be held at a date to be determined, with only close family members and friends present. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare at the link above at “Memorial Gifts and Donations”. Lillian will be remembered for her kindness, love for her family and friends, and unwavering faith. May she rest in peace.

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  • May 03, 2024
    Marie Powers Jackson lit a candle:
    Lit since May 3, 2024 at 5:23:15 AM

  • May 03, 2024
    Marie Powers Jackson says:
    May your family find comfort in knowing you are resting in your eternal home. The kindness you have shown here on earth will live in their hearts forever!

  • May 02, 2024
    Diane Walker-Carlton says:
    Aunt Lillian, there are so many memories I will cherish of you from my years growing up down the street from you, Aunt Eleanor, Grandma and cousin Deborah. Your calm gentle spirit was welcoming. You could probably out walk many people at one time walking to and from work. I loved watching how you loved on and cared for Grandma during her latter years in life along with Aunt Eleanor. I gleaned from that caring approach and am certain that fostered my love to do the same for many as a nurse. Basketball was your sport to watch. I loved watching you enjoy laughs with my mom, your sister Rachel and talk about what team won or lost. Aunt Lillian as your ability to hear faded you were unable to hear the countless times my brothers and sister and I knocked on your door wishing and hoping to see and greet you. Due to hearing loss your could not hear our knocks or us calling your name. Aunt Lillian you were loved deeply. Sleep on and rest for now.

  • May 02, 2024
    Diane Walker-Carlton lit a candle:
    Lit since May 2, 2024 at 5:20:24 PM

  • May 02, 2024
    Kay and Charles Warner says:
    A treasure has left us and gone to her heavenly home. Miss Lillian was a positive influence on everyone she met. She loved talking about the Bible and Billy Graham, and it showed in the way she lived her life. I am blessed for the time we shared and the stories she told me about growing up. Love and prayers for her family.