Elaine Woods Powell, 96, of Fayetteville, passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 10, 2019) in Fayetteville. Dorothy Elaine Woods Powell was born at home on Feb. 22, 1923 in Smithland. She was the first of seven children born to the late Thomas S. and Vespher Bostick Woods. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, William Royall; son, William Thomas Powell; and brothers, Thomas Edward Woods and Ross Woods. Elaine dedicated her life to the Lord at the age of nine and was baptized in the Elk River at Shiloh Bridge near Smithland. She finished eighth grade at Smithland School and graduated from Flintville High School in 1941. In 1945, Elaine graduated from Maryville College with a major in French and a minor in history. Upon her marriage to William Royall Powell, Jr., she moved to Wake Forest, N.C., where she lived for 56 years. While living in Wake Forest, she was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church for 55 years where she served as a deacon and 32 years as Junior Girls' Sunday School Teacher. Elaine was in the banking industry and enjoyed being part of civic organizations such as DAR, Woman's Club, Garden Club, and the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. Following retirement, she had the pleasure of serving as docent at the North Carolina Executive Mansion and at the Raleigh Visitors' Center in Raleigh, N.C. In 2001, Elaine moved back to Fayetteville to be close to her extended family. She was an active member of the DAR and the UDC, first in North Carolina and then in Tennessee. Even after her health declined, she still held a strong belief in patriotism for our country. Survivors include her sister, Emogene Taylor and Faye Walker; brothers, Ray Woods and Orville Woods; and numerous nieces and nephews who will hold memories of her close to their hearts. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Higgins Funeral Home with Dr. Jon Hathcock officiating. Burial will take place at a later date next to her husband, William Royall Powell, Jr., in Wake Forest Town Cemetery in Wake Forest, N.C. Visitation with the family will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Higgins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.

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