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Evelyn Suggs Powell

September 1, 1944 ~ January 30, 2021 (age 76)


“I have fought a good fight I have finished my course I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…” 2 Timothy 4:8

Evelyn Suggs Powell, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend was born on September 1, 1944 to the late Raymond and Flora Bell Suggs in Farmville, NC, and was raised by the late Fred and Holland Williams in Raleigh, NC. The angels came and escorted her into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, 30 January, 2021 while surrounded in love by her family.

After attending J.W. Ligon High School, Evelyn began her collegiate studies at St. Augustine’s College. Following her sophomore year, she moved to New York but later returned to Raleigh to complete her bachelor’s degree in education. Evelyn did her student teaching and later taught in Gretna, Virginia. In 1970, she began working at North Carolina State University at the D.H. Hill library in the Monographic Cataloging Department as a cataloging technician. She later moved to the Circulation Desk where she served as circulation desk supervisor until her retirement in 1995.

In 1966, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas D. White. From this union was born one daughter, Rhonda Renee White. Later in life, Evelyn met and married Leon Powell of Holly Springs, North Carolina. Her family grew from two to six including Leon and his three children: Jeffrey, Harriet and Lisa. Evelyn was known to all as a sweet, warm, and compassionate Christian woman. Top priority, second only to the Lord, was her family. She instilled a strong work ethic, confidence, and a passion for excellence in her daughter, reminding her that she could do all things through Christ. 

Love radiated from her eyes, her smiling face would illuminate any room, and kind words flowed from her with warmth. She was a pillar of strength and the solid rock of her family. For many years Evelyn was a member of Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. She later joined her beloved Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Apex, NC where she faithfully worshipped and served as a Missionary, Senior Choir member, and in the Couple’s Ministry. Evelyn never let cancer get her down. Even as her illness progressed and she could no longer attend worship services, her faith in God remained strong. Evelyn set an example of the way that we should trust in the Lord when we face sickness. She continued to read her Bible, enjoy her favorite hymns, and keep her faith in the promises of the Word of God.

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV)

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Brenda Bullock, Canary Suggs, Cecil Suggs, Cedric Suggs, Lavenell Suggs, Jonus Suggs, Joseph Suggs, Milton Suggs, Willie Suggs, and Willie Williams. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Leon Powell of Greensboro, NC; four children, Rhonda Renee White (Arthur L. Utley, Jr.) of Fuquay Varina, NC, Jeffrey (Daphne) Powell of Greensboro, NC, Lisa Powell of Greensboro, NC, and Harriet Powell of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Billy (Pearl) Suggs of Las Vegas, NV and Wilbur Suggs of Houston, TX; three sisters, Ada (Willie) Chavis of Chesapeake, VA, Doris Williams of Raleigh, NC, and Freddie Mae Williams of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Christopher Evan White of Fuquay Varina, NC, Darryl Powell of Durham, NC and Jasmine Powell of Durham, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Pierre Spivey of Durham, NC, and Nova Powell of Durham, NC. Evelyn will also be lovingly missed and remembered by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, her Mt. Zion Baptist Church family, many members of the White Family, as well as several dearly devoted
friends of many years.

Due to the current pandemic, we ask that all guest that will attend the service please wear a face mask/covering. To those that would like to still take part in the Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Evelyn Suggs Powell, the family ask that you participate via Zoom. The link and password are provided below. 



Meeting ID: 620 926 1385

Password: Love

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Memorial Service
February 6, 2021

1:00 PM
R M Ferguson Funeral Chapel
2820 Trawick Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604

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