William Robert Powell • June 4, 2020
William Robert “Bob” Powell
June 14, 1934 – June 4, 2020
Bob Powell was a rare man of intelligence, kindness, conviction, and strength – whom his wife called “sun-crowned” because of his idealism. He served in the Navy from 1953 – 1957, followed by four years in the Navy Reserve. He then graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in business (personnel management) and, subsequently, continued serving his country through thirty years of outstanding federal civil service. He was one of the first supervisors in his department to hire and train women; he was respected and liked by the unions and several EEO representatives as someone who treated all employees fairly regardless of gender, race, ethnic origin, or religion. For his understanding and meticulous attention to development of the merit promotion policy of the Pensacola area for over twenty years, he was known as “Mr. Merit Promotion of the Southeast” by many, from Washington D.C. and beyond. Bob loved the beauty of nature and always sensed God in it. He also loved fine art, literature, and music and was steadfast in his faith and love of God. Although he sometimes said he didn’t have many stars in his crown, he had many more than he imagined. Born into a rural world very different from today’s, he met all challenges and troubles with heart, courage, and honor. He put his loved ones before himself and loved them with his whole heart.
He is survived by his wife of nearly forty-two years, Eileen Powell, his son, Christopher Powell, two daughters, Tracy Sikes (Clay), and Tamela Kirk (Johnny), three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. An inurnment will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3 pm.
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