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 20, 2018
    Georgeanna lit a candle:
    Lit since March 20, 2018 at 3:23:47 PM

  • March 21, 2018
    Eve and Elaine says:
    Peggy will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Billy and their family. With love, Eve and Elaine at Upholstery 1 Trim Shop

  • March 21, 2018
    Lynne & Russ McCormick says:
    Peggy was such a beautiful soul. She welcomed my family into her home to enjoy her famous Easter lunch and historic egg hunt. From the first time we met her, we felt like family. She will be missed by so many who loved and adored her. She left huge footprints here on earth and they can never be filled. Her love and laughter will live on through all the happy, special memories she created. Sending much love to all.

  • March 21, 2018
    Pat McCourt says:
    Peggy was one of my first friends I made when we first moved to Wilmington from NY how would I know she was an angel here on earth. I loved her and the entire Powell/Jolly family. I will miss her but God had other plans, you will forever be in my heart, but I know you are making friends. Until we meet again...RIP

  • March 21, 2018
    Johnny Hardwick says:
    It was nice seeing Peggy with that smile at the car shows with husband. She will surely be missed. Condolence to the family & friends.