Marie Frances Baggarly Powell passed peacefully on the morning of December 20, 2021. Marie was born April 16, 1935, to the late Floyd and Lula Frances Steelman Baggarly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Thomas Powell; three siblings, Charlie Lee Baggarly, Dorothy Richardson (Rev. Harding), and Margaret Cranfill.

She is survived by daughter; Joan Powell Hepler (Dean), son; Thomas Dale “Pete” Powell (Diane); grandchildren, Michelle Helper (David Lingle), Michael Hepler (Amber), and Brad Powell (Shannon); great-grandchild, Miceala Hepler (Kameron Sherrill); sister; Mary Nicholson (Worth); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Powell attended Harmony High School and retired from the Iredell-Statesville school system. Marie loved God and enjoyed reading her Bible. She loved her family and always shared how proud she was of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She never missed an opportunity to tell anyone she met, even total strangers, how much her family meant to her. Marie was a huge NASCAR fan. She really loved animals, especially her beagle, Bob.

Marie will lie in state at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Thursday, December 23, 2021. A small graveside service will be held at Iredell Memorial Gardens on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Ervil Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28677; to Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, NC 28677; or New Hope Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 149 New Hope Road. Statesville, NC 28677.

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Bunch-Johnson is honored to be serving the Powell Family.

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