Ashlee Marie Powelka
NORFOLK — Ashlee M. Powelka, 20, of the 1800 block of Garfield Drive, went home to be with our Lord March 1, 2002. She was born in Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 14, 1982. She graduated from Gateway Christian School, Virginia Beach in 2000. She was a sophomore at Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tenn.
Her parents, John and Sheila Powelka and sister, Kimberley Powelka survive her, as well as her maternal grandmother, Elaine Bedhrend of Mechanicsville, Iowa and grandfather, Frank B. Green of Fort Myers, Fla.; and paternal grandparents, Leroy and Virginia Powelka of Maquoketa, Iowa.
A funeral will be held at Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, at 2 p.m. Tuesday by Dr. J.D. Norris Jr. of Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist, the Rev. Terry Beck of Hyde Park Free Will Baptist Church of Norfolk and Dr. Tom Malone, president of Free Will Baptist College of Nashville, Tenn. Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, is in charge. Viewing will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a Missionary Scholarship fund at Free Will Baptist Bible College, 3606 W. End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205 or send to Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist Church, 210 S. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 and they will forward it to the college.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. “Popularity means nothing. Don’t conform to the world; stay close to God and he’ll never let you down.” The family would like to thank everyone for the loving kindness in their time of loss of their loving daughter.