NEWPORT NEWS – Douglas Oxley Powell, 92, passed away on Wednesday October 27, 2021. Doug was born in Huntington, WV in 1929, the son of Virginia Oxley and Raymond Douglas Powell. He is a graduate of Huntington High School and Marshall University. He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for 2 years and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. It was in Richmond that he met and married his 52-year-old wife, Harriet Smith Powell, who predeceased him in 2011. They lived in Richmond until the summer of 1960, then spent two years in the ‘US Air Force at Rantoul, Ill. , after which they settled in Newport News.
Doug has practiced orthopedic surgery with Peninsula Orthopedic Associates at Newport News for over 30 years. After his retirement, he volunteered at the Free Williamsburg Clinic for 20 years, providing orthopedic medical services. When Doug was not working, he was a devoted and loving husband and father to his three daughters. To say Doug was energetic is an understatement. He enjoyed golf, tennis, water and snow skiing, hunting, fishing on one of his many boats, woodworking, and building his beloved beach house in the OBX. He never discovered anything he couldn’t fix!
He was a life member of the Presbyterian Church and most recently a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian where he was a valued handyman and previously First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and deacon.
Doug was known as the Putter to all who loved him. He is survived by his three daughters, Martha Powell Krepps (Bryan), Julia Powell Musto (William) and Anne Alderson Powell; 5 grandchildren, Bryan Coleman Krepps, Anne Alderson Krepps, Douglas Powell Krepps, Charles Joseph Musto and Alderson Leigh Musto; 1 great-grandson, Samuel Crawford Krepps; his sister, Sally Hermansdorfer; 5 nieces and nephews, Kathy Hermansdorfer, John Hermansdorfer, Mark Hermansdorfer, Thomas McCarthy and Harry McCarthy.
The family would like to especially thank the team of amazing people who took such loving care of Putter: Thomas Jackson, Elaine Williams, Florence Hinton, Mary Anderson and Joann Cleary.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church in Newport News. The family will receive friends at a reception at the James River Country Club after the service. A private burial will take place before the memorial service. Donations can be made to The Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700 Huntington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607 or Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, PO Box 2156 Norfolk, VA 23501 (Chkd.org/give). Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.
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