My Parent's   

My parents always tried to do the very best for us as we were growing up. I was the first born to my father from a previous marriage, they separated when I was a small child. My father later married my step mother who was the only real mother I had growing up. 

We lived in South Carolina for thirty five years and due to circumstances we were not able to visit that much, there were gaps of several years between visits and that is a sad fact that I wish had never happened. So much of life's moments were lost during that time that can never be recovered. We are now retired in Florida.

One of the most tragic things that could happen to a family is to loose your Mother or Father and now we have lost our Father! 

I found out My Birth Mother Francis June Harris had died in 2002. 

Benton Glenn Powers Sr.

Benton Glenn Powers Sr. 84, of Volga, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 21, 2006, 8:55 a.m., while a patient at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. He was born March 25, 1922, in Kerns, W.Va., the son of the late Thomas Benton Powers and Martha Jane Privett Powers.

Mr. Powers is survived by his wife, Oneita Karickhoff Powers, whom he married on Jan. 26, 1952. Together they were blessed with 54 years of marriage and a close-knit, loving family. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his six children: Gloria Jean Powers Husk and husband Danny of Carrabelle, Fla., Pam Powers Moore and husband Mike Moore of Buckhannon; Debra Powers Quick and husband Charlie of Buckhannon; Benton Glen Powers Jr. and wife Joyce of Buckhannon; Tom Powers and wife Datha of Buckhannon and Connie Powers Nelson and husband Mike of Hurricane, W.Va.

He is survived by 10grandchildren: Katina and Ron Carpenter of Buckhannon; Jaime and Harley Layman of Smock, Pa., Kelly Coberly of Sevierville, Tenn., Amy and Robbie Messenger of Buckhannon, Charla Hedgecoth of Buckhannon, Candice Powers of Belington, Danielle and Steven Powers of Buckhannon, and Cody and Michaela Nelson of Hurricane.

In addition, Mr. Powers is survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Evan Carpenter of Buckhannon, Alex and Abigail Layman of Smock, Tyler and Cory Coberly of Buckhannon, Brandon and Brian Messenger of Buckhannon, Savannah Quick, Zachary Hedgecoth and Hunter Ware, also of Buckhannon.
Mr. Powers was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers: Thelma Powers Kisner, Ava Powers Tolbert, Jack Powers, George Powers and Thomas Powers. He is survived by one sister Verna Powers Karickhoff and her husband Earl of Volga, as well as one brother Virgil Powers and wife Eula of Flemington.

He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends and acquaintances.

Mr. Powers was honorably discharged from the Seabees, former branch of the United States Navy in 1946. He was a retired miner and dozer/high lift operator, having worked for King Knob Coal and Grafton Coal for over 40 years. He was a “jack of all trades” and a master of many. He was a member of the United Mine Worker’s Association.

In addition to being a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Powers was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and musician. He was a strong, giving man with a heart of gold, who went the extra mile to help anyone in need. Although self-educated, he was one of the smartest, most compassionate men who ever lived. He was a man of “Steel and Velvet,” a true friend to all, and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

Mr. Powers left a legacy of love and a lifetime of memories. He was a Christian by faith.

Accordingly, a celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2006 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2006 with the Rev. Wease L. Day officiating. The burial will follow at the Floral Hills Cemetery in Quiet Dell, W.Va. The Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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