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.

  1. Steve Muhlfelder says:


    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I hope your memories will always bring you peace and happiness as you think of you father throughout the years.

  2. Bob Suhrheinrich says:

    It’s gonna be tough trying to picture the Powell family without Bob. He was one fine gentleman. I feel honored to have known him.

  3. Eileen Powell says:

    Thank you, Bob. My Bob thought highly of you as well and appreciated your and Nikki’s friendship, encouragement, and support of Christopher’s music and my work. I pray all will remain well with you and your family. Take care. Peace always.

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