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David Powers

David William Powers MD

Saturday, October 6th, 1956 - Monday, November 11th, 2019
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David William Powers, M.D. (1956-2019)


David William Powers, M.D. of Winchester, 63, died on November 11, 2019 following a brief bout with cancer. A lifelong resident of Winchester-Frederick County, Dr. Powers was born on October 6, 1956. He was the third and youngest son of the late Dr. Tunstall Chenault Powers, D.D.S. and Jeanne Spurrier Sprint Powers of Winchester and Strasburg, Virginia.

Dr. Powers graduated from John Handley High School in 1975, where he was valedictorian, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in 1979, and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in 1983. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1986. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Powers joined the emergency department at Winchester Medical Center, where he was an Emergency Physician for 34 years.

Dr. Powers was active with the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life. An Eagle Scout of Troop 2 in Winchester, he was also the recipient later in life of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to Shenandoah Area Council and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) from the National Eagle Scout Association.

Dr. Powers was an ardent historian and preservationist. He was a founding member of the Kernstown Battlefield Association, where he served as Vice President since the organization’s founding in 1996, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Commission and Foundation, and the Stone House Foundation at the Newtown History Center. At the time of his death, he was the President of the Kentucky Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jenny Baldwin Jolliffe Powers; one son, Arthur Nicholas “Nick” Powers of Winchester; mother-in-law Margel McKee Jolliffe of Winchester; brothers Tunstall Chenault “Joe” Powers, Jr. (Linda) of Blacksburg, Virginia and Randolph Sprint “Randy” Powers (Anne) of Mashpee, Massachusetts; as well as multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, November 14, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.at Jones Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Braddock Street United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Steven Melester officiating. Burial will be private in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Chenault Powers, William Ashby Powers, Christopher John Lumpkin, Todd Bryon Lumpkin, John Stanley McCulloch and Kory William Dodd. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jeanne M. Powers, Beck A. Powers, Benjamin C. Powers, Anne C. Brill and Aaron T. Youmans.

To honor Dr. Powers’ love of history, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Gaunt Collectors Society at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Kernstown Battlefield Association, the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, and/or the Newtown History Center. Contributions can also be made to Blue Ridge Hospice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    Address
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Braddock Street United Methodist Church
    Address
    115 Wolfe Street
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. C. Steven Melester
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hebron Cemetery
    Address
    305 East Boscawen Street
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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    Burial will be private

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Laura Dabinett

Posted at 11:34am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss David Powers. He was the most kind, intelligent and helpful ER physician. He was always the consummate gentleman. If David was taking care of your patient, you knew they were getting the very best. The community has lost a very special physician. Laura Dabinett and Russell McKelway
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gloria comstock

Posted at 10:35am
Jenny and Nick,
Our prayers are with you at this difficult and unexpected time. Been thinking of you and how life gives us changes we do not want. I know we are in Harrisonburg, but if you are this way or we can be of help, please, please contact us.
Gloria and Rick Comstock
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Sandra Renner

Posted at 04:58pm
I’m deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Powers passing. Condolences to his family. I first met him through the er back in 1985 and continued to see him a few times later. I didn’t realize until I read the obituary that I knew his parents, they were really close friends with my mother. Prayers for the weeks and months ahead. Indeed, a very nice gentleman.
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Betty Powers

Posted at 11:44pm
I am so sorry to have heard of David's passing. I had just seen him at the Newtown Festival a couple of months ago and we had a great chat about our ancestors. Peace be with the family and know that I certainly will miss my genealogy buddy. Nick, I will bring the family Bible and papers to you soon.
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Ruth Needy

Posted at 09:35pm
I am so sad to hear about Dr Powers. My son, Joshua Needy, was taken to the ED at WMC in 1996, when he was 4 yrs old. He was in Septic Shock. Dr Powers brought him back from death's door. He stabilized my son and had Pegasus fly him to UVA. Today, my son, Joshua Needy is a nurse at WMC. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Powers and the other staff on duty that day at WMC ED!!

In 2002, I became a registrar in the WMC ED. For 10 years I had the privilege of working with Dr. Powers. He was truly one of the caring, smart, and pleasant doctors to work with in the ED.

Mrs. Powers and Nick you are in my prayers. May God give you comfort and peace.
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