First Posted: 1/15/2009
James “Bud” Powers Sr., 87, of St. Pauls, died at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton of complications from surgery.
A graveside committal was conducted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Gardens of Faith Cemetery in Lumberton. The Rev. Sandy Schaller officiated.
Powers graduated from St. Pauls High School and attended college at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 1941, when war was declared, he and his two brothers enlisted and all saw action in Europe. In July 1944, he was severely wounded on a French farm during an attack on St. Lo in Normandy. He later met and befriended the Aubril family who lived there, beginning an affectionate relationship between the two families and their offspring, which is thriving today. Returning from Europe, he became a merchant-farmer, helping to manage Ruffin Powers Inc., and Agri-Supply business in St. Pauls. Upon selling the business in 1979, he retired to enjoy his growing family and indulge his love of fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruffin and Beulah Powers, both of St. Pauls; his wife, Faison Charlton Powers, with whom he shared a devoted marriage of nearly 62 years, and his beloved daughter, Alice Joan Powers Hudson.
Surviving are a son, Jim Powers of Wilson and his wife, Susan, their daughter, Lauren Powers Byrum and her husband, Keith, and their children, Jackson and Naomi; his son, Ruffin Powers of Hubert and his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Faison; a son-in-law, Howard Hudson of Winston-Salem and his wife, Patsy, and his children, Chuck Hudson and his wife, Leslie, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Hudson Massengill and her husband, Jamie.
Memorials may be made to Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton, N.C. 28358.