Lydia K. 'Kate' Sisler Powell


Lydia K. "Kate" Sisler Powell, 75, a volunteer who was active in organizations supporting the Falls Church Fire Department and the American Legion, died Sept. 14 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington after a heart attack. She lived in Falls Church.

Mrs. Powell was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and came to the Washington area with her family when she was about 14. About that time, her brothers joined the military to serve in World War II, leaving Mrs. Powell and her sisters to run the family business, Sisler Stone Co. in Falls Church.

In 1947, she married George W. Powell Sr.

Mrs. Powell's volunteer work included staffing a mobile canteen that served sandwiches and cold drinks to firefighters responding to emergency calls.

She also marched regularly in the Falls Church Memorial Day Parade as a representative of the Falls Church Fire Department's auxiliary.

Her husband died in 1992. A son, John C. Powell, died in 2002.

Survivors include five children, George W. Powell Jr. and Joyce K. Timms of Falls Church, Paul F. Powell of Gainesville, Carol L. Roupas of Annandale and Linda D. Gosnell of Reistertown, Md.; two brothers; three sisters; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Earl Dickson

Shipping Supervisor

Donald Earl Dickson, 67, who retired in June as a shipping supervisor for a printing business in Chantilly, died of lung cancer Sept. 29 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Mr. Dickson was born in Washington and raised in Falls Church and Arlington, where he lived. He graduated from George Mason High School in Falls Church in 1954 and attended West Virginia University at Keyser for about a year before joining the Navy in 1956.

He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge as a storekeeper of aircraft parts. He left the Navy in 1963, then lived in California for a few years before returning to the Washington area.

He worked for Jim's Big House of Printing and its predecessor business for about 15 years.

He was active with the Boy Scouts and was a member of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington.

Survivors include two brothers, James Edward Dickson of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Wallace Gordon Dickson of Washington; and a sister, Evelyn Dickson Dowling of West Palm Beach.

Rev. James J. Powderly

Priest, Substance Abuse Expert

The Rev. James J. Powderly, 72, a priest with the Archdiocese of Washington who was a national leader in the struggle against alcohol and substance abuse, died Oct. 8 at the Cardinal O'Boyle Residence for retired priests. The cause of death was an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Father Powderly was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School and Mount St. Mary's Seminary. After his 1958 ordination to the priesthood, he had assignments at several parishes in the archdiocese, including Immaculate Conception, St. Thomas More, St. Stephen's and St. Elizabeth's. He also taught at Mackin High School, at that time the minor seminary for the archdiocese.

For many years, he was active with the National Clergy Conference on Alcoholism, serving as the group's executive director in the 1980s. In 1975, he was selected to serve at St. Mary's Church in Rockville as assistant pastor/priest in residence and consultant to the archdiocese on substance abuse. He was an adviser to many court systems in their dealings with addiction. In that role, he participated on several Montgomery County committees at the direction of the county executive.

He retired from St. Mary's Church in 1997.

Survivors include a sister, Louise Lynch of Leisure World in Silver Spring, and a brother, John Powderly of Rockville.