Daniel “Danny” Powers, who worked at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center for 38 years, died on Aug. 16.

Powers was the assistant farm manager at the Blackstone, Virginia, facility, where he was remembered as both a mentor and a kind and joyous friend.

“Danny was a part of our family,” said Carol Wilkinson, director of the AREC. “He was an instrumental part of the successes we had here over the years and he was a constant source of compassion to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be deeply missed.”

An avid golfer and member of the Nottoway River Country Club, an obituary about Powers said he “went to the 19th hole in Heaven.” He was also remembered as someone who was steadfastly loyal to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Barlow Powers and their three sons, Jason (Stephanie), Patrick (Amanda), and Nicholas; four grandchildren, Hailey, Kolby, Jordan, and Tanner; and a much-anticipated granddaughter, Kathryn. Powers is also survived by his mother, Jane Edmunds Powers; his brothers, Chuck and Dick Powers (Jane); his mother-in-law, Hilda Barlow; a host of nieces and nephews; and many friends who loved him dearly.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at the Joseph McMillian Funeral Home, 1826 Cox Road (Bus. Hwy. 460), Blackstone, Virginia, 23824.  Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Donations in Powers’ memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758512, Topeka, Kansas, 66675