Hollis R. Powell

hollis powell

September 18, 1932 ~ June 20, 2021

Born in: Johnson Co., GA
Resided in: Brevard, NC

Hollis R. Powell, 88 passed away Sunday June 20, 2021.

Hollis was born in Johnson County Georgia (Kite) on September 18, 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents Kelly and Mattielu Powell, Brothers Van A. Powell and Kelly E. Powell Jr.

Survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Peggy Parker Powell; sons Gregory, Jeffrey (Rebecca), Timothy and 8 grandchildren.

Hollis graduated from Georgia Teachers College (Georgia Southern) in 1953. Inducted to the Athletics Baseball Hall of Fame, was scouted and played 4 seasons of AAA baseball thereafter with the Detroit Tigers Affiliation.

From there Hollis began a 36-year career with Delta Airlines, prior to retiring he was the District Director of Marketing in Tampa Florida. Hollis and Peggy moved to Brevard NC in 2001.

Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Friday July 9, 2021 at: St. Timothy United Methodist Church,1020 Asheville Highway, Brevard NC 28712.


Memorial Service: July 9, 2021 2:00 pm

St. Timothy United Methodist Church
1020 Asheville Highway
Brevard, NC 28712

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I was sorry to learn of Hollis’s passing. I started working with him at the Atlanta airport, he joined Delta in October 1957. I have many fond memories of our working together. Hollis was a good friend who had a ready smile & kind word for everyone he met.

    Peggy you & your family are in my prayers.

    Wally Shaw

  2. I was fortunate to have worked with Hollis during the early years of my career in the District Marketing Office in Tampa. He has a wonderful boss, and great mentor. However, Hollis was, above all else, one of the classiest gentlemen I have ever encountered. Sara and I were so sorry to hear of his passing.

    Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. I know he will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

  3. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    I have such fond memories of Hollis when I worked in the Tampa District Sales office. He was a wonderful and kind man. Always spending time to have a nice conversation. I especially remember when Delta sponsored the Equestrian shows and how much he loved giving the ribbon to the winning horse.

  4. Dear Peggy. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and Hollis so well over the many years we worked together at Delta. He was my boss, friend and valued mentor. When I transferred from Philadelphia to Tampa and became Hollis’ first female marketing rep, he couldn’t have been more of a gentleman. The first thing he did when I arrived was take me to your home to introduce us. He was like that- kind, respectful and always thoughtful of others. I will miss him. Much love to you and the family. 💖

  5. Peggy, I was so lucky to have had Hollis as my first Sales Manager in Birmingham way back in 1966. He was a great mentor and I always used him as an example. Sherry and I still remember the Christmas parties you and he hosted at your home in those early years. We are very sorry to hear of his passing. Deepest sympathy and prayers
    for you and your family.

  6. Dear Peggy,
    Hollis surprised me with a phone call last year. He told me how much he enjoyed receiving my Emails and we chatted for a good while. I had every intention to call him one of these days but was procrastinating.
    Although he was in Tampa and I in Milwaukee, on the few occasions when we met and chatted, we always enjoyed it. I share your loss and hope to have the privilege of meeting Hollis again someday in that Great Hall of our good Lord, as I am sure that’s where he now is. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that I will ever get there, so I am doubly sorry for not having called him earlier this year to have a nice conversation with a wonderful, fine Southern gentleman! God bless him and your family!

  7. Dear Peggy,
    Our message is late. Not sure this will reach you. We did not know of the sad news of Hollis’ passing. Please forgive us. Don no longer gets the SKAL news and we only read of this today (9-15-21) in the Delta Pioneers Newsletter. Hollis was a good man and yes he did have that ready smile and always a good word. Strange, but you both have been on my mind of late…now I know why. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Peggy at this most difficult time. God bless you and Hollis. Don and Kay Smith

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