Peggy Stroupe Powell

August 20, 1954 - March 19, 2018
Peggy Stroupe Powell

PEGGY STROUPE POWELL, 63, left us in body but certainly not in spirit, on March 19, 2018, after a lengthy, brave, and fearless battle with leukemia. She fought with a smile, grace, and a warrior spirit.

Peggy was born in Wilmington, NC on August 20, 1954 to Howard Stroupe Sr. and Eleanor Hand Stroupe. She spent her youth enjoying Wrightsville Beach, YMCA dances, and The Miljo with her lifelong friends. After graduating from New Hanover High School in 1972, a few months later on her 18th birthday she married her one true love, Billy Powell, beginning a beautiful adventure that was anything but typical.

Peggy never met a stranger. If you knew her, you saw the famous smile and the green eyes that would illuminate every room. She never let anyone, strangers included, go without food, a soothing kind word, or a laugh. She had a huge heart, and a soft spot for children that was unparalleled. Her sense of humor was legendary! You didn’t often spend time with her without a laugh or a grin. Her soul was elegant and priceless, and she affected so many lives and lent so much joy. Never has a lady brought so much light and comfort unto others or possessed a heart so large and pure. She was extraordinary. She was an Angel on Earth.

In 1978, Peggy and Billy moved to “The Compound” in Ogden and raised their 3 children, and others, creating a brilliant life filled with endearing humor, heartfelt compassion, self-sacrifice, and a love that was, is, and will always be unmatched. Family first. She was kind of a Big Deal! She was also a sincere inspiration to all those whose lives she ever touched.

She was an avid fisherman and adored the water. Every flounder and spot in the Atlantic feared her. She also loved the mountains, playing cards with her family, auctions, festivals, singing extra loudly, and attending events with her car club family, The Sun Coast Cruisers. She was loyal and dedicated, and has worked for Dr. and Mona Black since 1970.

She was preceded in death by her parents (Howard and Eleanor), two brothers (Lance and Gene), and a sister (Patricia). She is survived by her soulmate husband of 46 years (Billy), 3 doting children (Billy III, Shannon, and Ashley), 5 adored grandchildren (Garrett, Jazmine, Cheyenne, Fisher, and Dylan), her beloved brother (Ricky), and devoted sister (Nancy).

A Memorial to celebrate her amazing life will be held at “The Compound” (120 Sweetwater Dr, Wilmington, NC 28411on Saturday, April 7th, at 1:00. We will share fun stories in the garage and under a massive circus tent, eat, drink, and celebrate all that she was in her sweet wonder and glory! And she was plenty!

The family appreciates all the thoughts, prayers, support, and love shown to her and us throughout this courageous fight. TEAM PEGGY!

“All my life I have always felt nothing but love from my family, husband, children, and friends. I thank God for blessing me in that way!” -Peggy Powell

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  • March 23, 2018
    Roberta Fox says:
    Sending love and prayers to the Powell family. I remember the times my mom and Peggy would joke and cut up. She was always smiling.

  • March 22, 2018
    Tony & Maureen Spataro says:
    Peggy was a wonderful person and such a woman of strength and courage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Billy, and your family, and the Jolly family. May God be with you all through this most difficult time.

  • March 21, 2018
    Bobby & Gail Jackson says:
    What are beautiful person, friend she was inside and out... There are no words to ease your pain, just know that she was loved beyond measure by many, many people. We will never forget her infectious laugh and the love she shared with others. So very sorry for your loss. God bless each of you.

  • March 21, 2018
    Larry and Dixie Pack says:
    Our thoughts and prayers to Billy and the entire family. Also to all the friends and people who are fortunate to have been touched by Peggy's huge heart.

  • March 21, 2018
    Chris & Wendy Wright says:
    I feel honored to have know Peggy. Not sure who will give Chris a hard time at the car shows anymore . I will truly miss her and that beautiful smile . Our thoughts and prayers are with your family . God Bless