Ann S. Powell

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2005

Ann Royall Story Powell passed away on March 8, 2005.

She had fought a courageous battle with cancer.

A native of Suffolk, she was 57 years old. Mrs. Powell was a graduate of Suffolk High School, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. She received her master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University.

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Mrs. Powell began her professional career working in the newly created Can Recycling Program at Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond, and upon her return to Suffolk, she worked as executive assistant for the late Gov. Mills E. Godwin.

In 1979, Mrs. Powell entered the teaching profession at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy where she taught all juniors U.S. History, American Studies, and A.P.U.S. History until the mid-1990s.

Then she served as history department chairman and press relations coordinator.

She was also instrumental in founding the Student Historical Society at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and the original Debate Club.

In the late 1980s, Mrs. Powell assumed her role as Director of College Counseling.

She loved working with juniors and seniors, helping them achieve their goals for college admission.

She also served as president-elect of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (&uot;PCACAC&uot;), a regional college counseling organization of approximately 800 secondary and college admissions professionals in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Delaware that assists students with the transition to college.

As president-elect, she oversaw PCACAC’s annual conference in Williamsburg in the spring of 2004.

She had formerly served as PCACAC’s secretary and board member.

In 2005, Mrs. Powell was presented the Richard L. Apperson award, PCACAC’s most prestigious recognition, given annually to a member who, in the opinion of the executive board, best represents the ideals of the organization’s bylaws-a dedication to service through the empowerment of students.

With the National Association of College Admission Counseling (&uot;NACAC&uot;), she also served as a member of the President’s Council, as an assembly delegate, and on the Seal of Approval Review Board.

In February 2004, she lobbied in Washington, D.C. for the reenactment of the Federal Higher Education Funding Act.

Her mother, Ellen Royall Story of Suffolk; her daughter, Jennie Royall Powell Monette and husband, Colin Thomas Monette, of Richmond; her son, Charles Cutchin Powell, Jr. of Washington, D.C.; and grandson, Harrison Thomas Monette, survive Mrs. Powell.

She was predeceased by her father, Walter Franklin Story Jr., and her husband, Charles Cutchin Powell Sr., formerly of Franklin.

Mrs. Powell was active in a variety of community affairs.

She served on the church council and the staff parish committee of Main Street United Methodist Church in Suffolk.

She was past president of the Suffolk Book Club; vice president of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society; former president of Riddick’s Folly, Suffolk’s house museum; and former board members of the Suffolk Art League and the Nansemond River Garden Club.

She was a member of the Suffolk Tennis Association and the Suffolk Racquet Club.

Mrs. Powell authored two children’s books, Anna Mary of Riddick’s Folly and Mills E. Riddick-An Adventure in the Dismal Swamp, to encourage children to enjoy history.

Mrs. Powell also served as president of National Screen Co. Inc., a family-owned and operated corporation.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the R. W. Baker and Company Funeral Home and Crematory in Suffolk.

A graveside service will be held for immediate family at Poplar Spring Cemetery in Franklin.

It will be followed by a memorial service at Main Street United Methodist Church in Suffolk at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church’s Ann Story Powell/Walter F. Story Trust Fund at 202 N. Main St. Suffolk, Va., 23434 or to Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, the Ann Story Powell/Walter F. Story Scholarship Fund , 3373 Pruden Boulevard, Suffolk, Va., 23434 or to the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, P. O. Box 1255, Suffolk, Va., 23439. Condolences may be registered at