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Charles E. “Barney” Powell, Jr.

March 22, 1931 - January 26, 2022

Charles E. “Barney” Powell, Jr., age 90, of New Castle, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Born in New Castle, DE, on March 22, 1931, he was a son of the late James and Fran Hazzard. Barney was a NASCAR driver in the 1950’s and was proud of qualifying and racing twice in the Daytona 500. After his NASCAR career, he worked as a carpenter for many years prior to becoming a paramedic with New Castle County, where he retired after 38 years of dutiful service.  Barney was a student of Delaware History, and loved eating crabs and enjoying an ice-cold beer. He always looked forward to annual trips to Disney.

In addition to his parents, Barney was preceded in death by his loving wife, Janice Powell.   He is survived by his son, Gary Powell (Mary); granddaughter, Rachael Wheelin (Brian); niece, Donna Vance (Scott); 4 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 10 am on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 10 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Barney’s memory to Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804 or online by clicking here.

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  • Barney and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Barney on Tech. 2 or on transports. You learned so much from Him about the COW and the Suburbs. Then of course, He always had a special place in my heart as one of the many who helped save my life in 1980. May Barney’s memories help ease the heartfelt pain at this most difficult time. I will have Barney and his Family in my thoughts and prayers. RIP my friend and Thank You for your service. God Bless!

  • You taught me alot of valuable things as your 1st & ONLY female partner on Tech 2’s ambulance at Station 2. And after making me listen to all of that horrible country music, I decided that it was actually ok to listen to. Rest in peace, barn. You WILL be missed. Love, your partner Peggie Fitzpatrick

  • I am honored to have been your 1st & only female partner for New Castle County EMS Division ambulance Tech 2. I value all of the numerous life lessons you taught me. I even started liking some of the horrible country music you made me listen to on the radio in the ambulance. Rest in peace, Barney. You will never be forgotten. From the “Duchess of Willow Run”