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Nell Powell Long

July 25, 1932 — March 20, 2023

Nell Powell Long

   Nell Powell Long, 90, of Eure, NC, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 20, 2023. She passed away in her home at 97 Taylor Mill Road which was her treasured wish.

   Mrs. Long was born in Gates County on July 25, 1932, and was one of eleven children born in the family home place to the late William Henry and Avie Lowe Powell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Ralph S. “Trixie” Long; her companion of 41 years, Gene Webb White; a grandson, Justin Long; sisters, Ollie Brown and Ellen Carroll; and by brothers, George McCoy, William Roland, James Randolph “Pete”, Lonnie Henry, Sam, and Thomas Madison Powell.

   Nell and her husband Trixie owned and operated the Sand Banks Service Station together until 1975. In 1980 she received her nursing degree and worked at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital for 22 years, retiring in her seventies. She was a true caregiver who gave comfort to many of her loved ones in their times of need.

   A self-taught artist who would share and teach others her passion for art, she could paint on anything. An avid gardener, Nell had a special touch with flowers. Her beautiful yard was always full of flowers and birds. Feeders and bird baths adorn the yard among the azaleas, dogwoods, and day lilies, and the birds made her place their home.

   She loved her family the most. Surviving are her two daughters, Katherine Morris (Rufus) of Aulander and Rose Hudgins (Wayne) of Kill Devil Hills; her sons, Johnny Long (Amy), Mike Long (Anne) and Steve Long (Joan), all of Eure; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers, Mack and Frank Powell, both of Eure; and many nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.

   A graveside service will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, near the church where she was a life-long member. Her nephew, the Rev. Tracy Gregory, and family friend, the Rev. Wade Bennett will officiate. Friends are invited to visit with the family in the social hall immediately following the service or all other times at the residence.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Cool Spring Baptist Church, P.O. Box 10, Eure, NC 27935.

   Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be made by visiting

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Graveside Service

Friday, March 24, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery

1460 North Carolina 137, Eure, NC 27935

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