Marcella Virginia Powell

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marcella Virginia Powell, 91, formerly of Rector, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Fort Smith, Ark. She was born on February 25, 1924 to Claud L. King and Henrietta (Foster) King on a small rural farm outside of Rector. During her early years she was brought up on the farm, and lived a short time in St. Louis, Mo., returning to Rector with her mother and father some years later. When Marcella was 17 she moved back to St. Louis to live with her aunt and find work.

In 1945, Marcella met Victor H. Chapman, Sr. and married him. They had two children, Victor Jr. and Claudia. In 1960 Marcella returned to Rector and some years later met and married her childhood friend Glynn Powell. Glynn and Marcella resided in Indianapolis, Ind., until Glynn retired. Rector once again began a new era of retirement for them until Glynn passed away in 1995.

Survivors include, her son, Dr. Victor H. Chapman, ThD (Betty) of Monticello, Ark.; her daughter, Claudia L. Bratcher (Larry) of Fort Smith, Ark.; five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Rector with Rev. Zan Pierce officiating. Burial followed in Woodland Heights Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday evening at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector.

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