Willa Sue Powell

Published 6:06 pm Friday, March 12, 2021

Willa Sue Powell, devoted sister and educator, died Thursday, March 4, 2021, at The University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. She was 70.

Ms. Powell, was a native of Smithfield, born April 19, 1950, to Floyd E. and Mary Dashiell Powell. She graduated from Smithfield High School and the University of Virginia where she earned a master’s degree in education. A lifelong educator, she taught biology, human physiology  and science. As an administrator, she served as a middle school principal, the director of secondary education, personnel, operations and transportation. Ms. Powell was a member of the Chi Beta Phi National, Scientific Honorary, VASSP/NASSP (Association of Secondary School Principals) and a life member of the UVA Alumni Association.

Ms. Powell also coached softball. Ms. Powell was preceded in death by her sister, Edna Watson Powell Cofer; her brother-in-law, Malcolm T. (Mac) Cofer; and a nephew, Thomas Edward Cofer.

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A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at The Old Brick Church Cemetery, Bacon’s Castle. Online condolences may be registered at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.