William Powell Radford, 71, of Pembroke, departed this life Tuesday evening, June 3, 2008 in the loving care of his family at his home on Cascades Drive. Born in that same house on December 13, 1936, he was a son of the late Kemper Lee and Edna Mae Williams Radford. Powell, a lifelong resident of Pembroke, was an enterprising man with a charming and winsome personality. He was retired from The Norfolk-Southern Railway Co. as a heavy equipment operator (a job he really enjoyed) and owned and operated a mobile home park near his home. He spent some really happy times riding his Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and supporting Virginia Tech football and sports with a passion. He was a Christian and member of Pembroke First United Methodist Church and was a regular worshiper at Bethel Chapel Church in Clendennin. A sister, Edna Azell Radford, preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memory a son and daughter-in-law Barry and Mary Beth Radford of Cleveland, TN; his two grandsons Jordan and Joshua Radford of Cleveland, TN; the love of his life Betty Johnson and her daughter Shelley of Pearisburg; his brothers and sisters-in-law Donald Lee and Mary Elizabeth Radford of Pembroke, Jewell Miller and Phyllis Cole Radford of Big Stony at Goldbond; his sister and brother-in-law Nannie Lou and James Martin and neice Abbey Joe of Pembroke; twelve nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday evening at 8:00 PM in the Kendall Funeral Home Chapel at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with Pastor Eddie Kendall and Jordan Radford offriciating. Graveside services will be conducted Friday morning at 11:00 AM in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home . Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.