E. Davelene Smith Powless, the daughter of Frederick and Maude Smith, was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Prospect, Ala. She was the 10th of 11 children, eight daughters and three sons. Davelene was raised in Prospect, where she and her sister became known as the Smith Sisters. They would continue to sing together during her family visits throughout her lifetime. Davelene enjoyed singing with her family and in her church. She would also play piano during the family music sessions. Music continued to be a major part of her life and there was never a time when she was not surrounded by it. She often sang and played with various groups, most recently with the Senior Singers in Port Angeles, Washington.
Davelene enjoyed playing basketball while she was in high school and played for both Carbon Hill and Prospect as the captain of her team, winning a trophy in each state tournament. She graduated from Carbon Hill High School in 1951. Shortly after her graduation, she and her parents moved to Port Angeles, where they joined her sisters Janelle and Laura Lou and their families. After moving, she and her sister Janelle attended Bates Business College before her family moved back to Alabama, without her, in 1952.
Not long after moving to Port Angeles, she met and married Richard Powless on June 14, 1952. They had five children and continued to reside in Port Angeles throughout their marriage, with frequent visits to her family home in Alabama.
Davelene worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for more than 25 years. Most of that time was spent as an office assistant in the Port Angeles office. Davelene was a member of the Port Angeles Free Methodist Church where she served on the worship team, playing piano and singing throughout most of her adult life. She served in many other capacities including Sunday school teacher, youth leader, CYC worker and secretary, to name only a few. She enjoyed serving her church and her community. Davelene had the capacity to live life deeply and the ability to love most everyone she met. Her desire to leave the world a better place than how she found it was evident everywhere she wen. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She was a blessing to all who touched her life; she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Davelene is survived by her husband, Richard; two sisters, Janelle Baughns and Inez Burt; her five children and their spouses, Fred and Barb Powless, Jon and Rene Powless, Mark and Margie Powless, Janelle and Nick Umbarger, Annette Umbarger, Daniel Smith; son-in-law Rick Umbarger; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church, located at 1323 Dungeness Way, Sequim, Wash., on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. Viewing will be today, Oct. 12, 2012, at Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, 105 W. 4th Street, Port Angeles, Wash., from 2 to 7 p.m.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503