Mary Powell King passed away Jan. 15, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center. She was born in Fair Bluff, in 1928 to Lillian O’Banner Powell and Bruce Culpepper Powell Sr.
She graduated from Bessie Tift Women’s College in Forsythe, Ga. with a degree in Home Economics and completed an additional Elementary Education Degree at East Carolina University.
She was a devoted educator who began her teaching career in Northampton County and later served 30 years in Wayne County as an elementary teacher at New Hope School and Eastern Wayne Elementary.
Upon her retirement, she continued to be involved in her community. Her passion for and knowledge of North Carolina history lead her to volunteer at the North Carolina Natural History Museum in Raleigh where she continued to educate students from all corners of our state. Later, she returned to Fair Bluff where she was a valued member of many organizations including her church and the local historical association and was instrumental in creating the Fair Bluff Depot Museum, where she served as its first curator.
She eventually purchased a home in Swansboro in 1993 to be closer to her granddaughters and other family members.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 in Powell Cemetery in Fair Bluff. Meares Funeral Home of Fair Bluff is serving the family.
She is survived by two sons, John Barry King and wife, Morella, of Hampstead and David Powell King and wife, Jane of Cary; one daughter, Jane King Simpson and husband, Tim of Swansboro; two granddaughters, Mary Hannah Simpson of Wilmington and Sarah Catherine Simpson of Jacksonville; one grandson, John Erik King of Goldsboro; and one nephew, Homer David King of Bryson City.
Charitable donations may be made in her memory to the following organization: Fair Bluff United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Fair Bluff, N.C. 28439.