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Donald Wayne Powers

Donald Wayne Powers
  • November 14, 1944 - December 4, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, ATTN: Andy Solomon in honor of Don Powers
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29409-6230
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Western Carolina Catamount Club, Coach Don Powers Endowment Scholarship, WCU Athletics
    92 Catamount Road
    Cullowhee, NC 28723
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Amedisys Hospice
    1027 Physicians Drive, Suite 240
    Charleston, SC 29414

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“I was fortunate to have been a teammate and roommate of Don's. Don was a man of integrity who loved his family. He was a loyal friend. When Don...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Chuck Scott - Jacksonville, FL

“Well done thy good and faithful servant. I remember a conversation we had at a Catamount Club auction one year. I had but one question for him and it...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: John Womack - Sanford, NC

“SAD TO HEAR ABOUT MY FRIEND DON. HE WAS AGREAT PERSO & COACH.I REMEMBER THE GREAT TIMES AT ECU! MUCH SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY.RALPH & GAY VITOLO FAMILY ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: RALPH VITOLO - FAYETTEVILLE, NC

“Jane and family - Sorry to hear about Don's passing. Grew up with the Powers family in Newton, NC. All great memories! Being an App grad, I...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Eddie Warren - Newton, NC

“SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT MY FRIEND DON. I REMEMBER ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES AT EAST CAROLINA . DON WAS A GREAT PERSON & COACH.MUCH SYMPATHY TO THE POWERS...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: RALPH VITOLO - fayetteville, NC

“Sorry to hear that Don passed away. Grew up with the Power kids/family in Newton,NC. All memories are great ones! ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Eddie Warren - Newton, NC

“Sorry to hear that Don passed away. Grew up with the Power kids/family in Newton,NC. All memories are great ones! ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Eddie Warren - Newton - Friend

“so sad to hear about my friend don. I remember the great memories at east Carolina. don was a great person & coach. much sympathy to the powers...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: RALPH VITOLO - fayetteville, NC

“so sad to hear about my good friend don. I remember all the great times at east Carolina & don coming to Fayetteville recruiting & staying at my...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: RALPH VITOLO - fayetteville, NC

“SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT MY FIREND DON. I REMEMBER THE GOOD DAYS AT EAST CAROLINA & COMIMG TO FAYETTEVILLE RECRUITING & STAYING AT MY HOUSE . HE WAS A...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: RALPH VITOLO - FAYETTEVILLE, NC

“Jane and Family, Our prayers are with you at this sad time. Don was a teammate, friend, and all around fine man. He will be missed. Ronnie and...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Ronnie Henderson - Edisto Beach, SC

“To the Powers family. My condolences to the family of one of the finest Men That I had the privilege of knowing. My prayers go out to you and your...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Nick Mentavlos - Charlotte, NC

“Coach Powers was a wonderful man. I've known him since I was a child when he first came to Western. I have too many lovely memories to mention them...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Debra Wood Pressley - EASLEY, SC

“The Citadel c/o 97, Coach Powers was an awesome coach and a great man. He stepped up when Taafe resigned. The transition was seamless and this us a...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Marc Hall - Charleston, SC


Donald Wayne Powers, 73, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Jane Strickland Powers died Monday, December 4, 2017. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Summerall Chapel at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.

Donald was born November 14, 1944, native of Lincolnton, NC, son of the late Lonnie Harold Powers and the late Martha Bost Powers. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 1967 and received his Masters in Education from Western Carolina in 1968. He coached college football for 34 years. His career began at Western Carolina University in 1968-1983. At WCU, he served as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator, and the first football coach to be named assistant head coach in WCU history. In 1984, Powers served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky University. In 1985-88, Powers was defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at East Carolina University. He then served at The Citadel from 1989-1995 as defensive coordinator and in 1996 was named Head Coach until 2000. In 2007, he returned to his Alma Mater, Western Carolina University, to serve as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Powers received many awards and honors as a player and coach throughout his life and career. As a player he earned district 26 honors three times and MVP his senior year as an linebacker and defensive end. Powers' 1974 defensive team at WCU finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense by allowing just 87 points in 11 games. Five times from 1976-1983 his WCU defense ranked among the NCAA leaders in pass defense. In 1983, the Catamounts went to the NCAA-1AA national championship game. At The Citadel in the 90's, three of his units lead the Southern Conference and he helped coach the Bulldogs to a Conference Championship in 1992 and two NCAA 1-AA playoff appearances. He is a two time Southern Conference Assistant Coach of the year while at The Citadel. In 2004, Powers was inducted into the Lincoln County, NC Sports Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2016, a group of former Citadel football players created a book in tribute to Powers called "The Powers In Us". The book was a collection of his "Powerisms" or his quotes that have impacted these players lives. Powers was the sole inductee into Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 as a player and a coach. Off the field, Powers shared a passion for flying as a private pilot for 44 years. After hanging up his whistle, Powers continued his joy of learning with computers, technology, and cooking. Powers used football to inspire, mentor and influence his family, players, colleagues and friends about life. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Powerism #8, "Pray for a stronger back, not a lighter load".

He is survived by his wife, Jane Powers of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two daughters, Cassie P. Hanna (Brad) of Florence, SC and Carrie P. Zipperer (Ros) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two brothers, Michael E. Powers (Judy) of Hickory, NC and Larry A. Powers (Kim) of Denver, NC; sister, Carolyn P. Smith (Jan) of Marietta, GA; three grandchildren, Simmons Hanna, James Hanna and William Zipperer.

A special thank you to Dr. John Rowe, Jr., Dr. Michael Zile and to his nurse Sarah Falzarano for her loving and constant care.

Memorials may be made to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation in honor of Don Powers and "The Powers in Us" book available at www.amazon.com, Attention: Andy Solomon, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 and Western Carolina Catamount Club and the Coach Don Powers Endowed Scholarship,
WCU Athletics, 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723 and Amedisys Hospice Care, www.amedisys.com, 1027 Physicians Drive, Suite 240, Charleston, SC 29414.