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June 10, 2014

Dr. James E. Powers

NAPLES, Fla. — Dr. James E. Powers, 83, of Naples, FL, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the presence of his Lord and Savior at his Naples home surrounded by his loving family. Born August 8, 1930 in McDonald, OH he was the son of the late Emmett Powers and Lillian Cook Powers.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of sixty years, Charmaine Soulier Powers of Naples, FL; four adoring daughters, Lisa Schepers and husband Rainer of Ennepatel, Germany, Charmaine Powers of Naples, FL, Leslie Faircloth and husband Michael of Naples, FL, and Gigi Wardlow and husband Fritz of Oviedo, FL; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, Bill Powers and wife Sue of Princeton; and two nephews, Dr. Rick Powers of Beckley and Dr. Robert Powers of Dublin, VA.

After graduating from Beaver High School in Bluefield in 1948, Jim joined the United States Navy where he spent four years during the Korean War. He received a BA degree from West Virginia University and an MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia where he also had his surgical training. He practiced General and Vascular Surgery in Princeton. He was a member of the American Board of Surgery, Fellow American College of Surgeons, Humera Surgical Society, South Eastern Surgical Society, and past President of the Mercer County Medical Society. Jim was former Chief of Staff and former Chief of Surgery at Princeton Community Hospital. He was a devoted and dedicated doctor serving his community.

Jim's love of golf and warm weather brought him to Naples, FL in 1993 after his retirement. He and Charmaine led an active life as members of Quail Creek Country Club and Royal Poinciana Country Club. He also enjoyed duplicate bridge and photography. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him.

A funeral Mass and Celebration of Life was held at St. William Catholic Church, 601 Seagate Drive in Naples, FL, on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Graveside services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends may visit with the family at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton by 11:30 AM Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions to be made to Ava Maria University, 5076 Annunciation Circle, Ava Maria, FL 34142.

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