Ambrose Dowd Powell

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Ambrose Dowd Powell, 77, died Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of Caldwell Co., NC and raised in New York, Mr. Powell was a son of the late John Finley and Mary Dowd Powell. Mr. Powell was an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, including tours in the Aleutian Islands and Topeka, KS. After moving to Asheville in 1966, he worked for 12 years at the Asheville Citizen-Times, first in their circulation department and then in classified ads. He then worked for Buncombe Co., first with AB-Tech Community College, and more recently with the Property Tax Re-appraisal Dept. Mr. Powell was a devoted member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Gail Winkler Powell; brother John Powell Strader; brother-in-law Dorland Winkler; nephews Lance and Michael Winkler; and niece the Rev. Denise Clark-Jones. A Funeral Mass for Mr. Powell will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 8, at St. Joan of Arc. The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Dr. Thomas Rennard for the excellent care he provided for Mr. Powell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joan of Arc Building Fund, 768 Asbury Rd., Candler, NC 28715, or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28816. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Gail,
    I have many great memories when I worked with Ambrose. He was always a gentleman and a professional, along with his great sense of humor. I, along with the other emloyees will miss his cheer. We pray for you at your time of loss.

  2. Dear Gail,
    I was sorry to hear of your sweet husbands passing. He was a real sweetheart and adored you. He had a smile on his face when he was in your presence. You are a strong lady but I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you will miss him but please know he had the best wife ever. May God bless you.
    Brenda White

  3. Dear Gail, our deepest sympathy to you in Ambrose’s death. He was a real gentleman and you made a great life together. I can imagine he and your Dad are having a time of it in Heaven. Please know your friends at Yadkin and the Happy Valley community are praying for you. Love,

  4. Gail, Shocked to hear of Ambrose,,,but, been wondering, where you guys have been,,,,haven’t seen you. He was a great person,,,, He is not suffering anymore,,,,and you will see Him again one day…..May God Bless,,, Take CARE.

    Love, Janet @ BP station N0W (Shell station)

  5. So many memories of a man I have known all my life. Thanks for the smiles and the jokes you shared, the waves and conversations will be missed.

  6. GAIL: I am so sad about Ambrose passing away. Although we have been gone a few years we thought about you and Ambrose a lot. We had a lot of good conversations over the years. Remember the little dog Ambrose gave us, he still sits in a very prominent place in our home. May God grant you great comfort during this difficult time.

  7. Gail, Elaine and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Ambrose. May God grant him eternal rest and may you be consoled in the knowledge that both you and Ambrose are loved not only by us but by Jesus Christ Himself. I am sure that God has an especially good place for such an especially good person as Ambrose. Elaine and I deeply regret that we cannot be there. Elaine took a chemotherapy treatment at Duke yesterday, so she is simply not up to it. May you be comforted by the Holy Spirit now and throughout the coming days.

  8. I have good memories of Ambrose from 45 years ago when I was a AC-T carrier under his leadership and later ran into him when he worked for Buncombe County and it was good to reconnect. Praying for peace for his family.

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