Martha Brown Powell

Published 7:43 pm Thursday, October 31, 2019

Martha Brown Powell, 93, died Oct. 30, 2019.  She was the daughter of Robert Elmer Brown and Josie Lee Whitley Brown.  She was predeceased by her husband, James Melvin Powell; daughter, Sylvia Jean Powell; son, James Melvin (Bubba) Powell Jr.; her parents and three brothers.  She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Smith of Smithfield and Patricia Starnes of California; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; a sister, Bess B. Cochran (Steve) of Florida; brothers, Glenn Brown (Cathy) of Kentucky and Joseph Brown of Smithfield; special sister-in-law, June Powell Adams (Stan) of Fredericksburg; and many nieces and nephews.  Family will receive friends at the home.  A graveside service will be held at Battery Park Cemetery, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431. Online condolences may be registered at


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