Meridian Star


February 17, 2013

Whitney LaRocque Powell


    A memorial service for Whitney LaRocque (Scooter) Powell was held in Reno, Nev.. Burial was in the Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nev.

    Miss Powell, 28, of Reno, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Whitney was born July 8, 1984, in Reno, attended Orme School in Prescott, Ariz., and graduated from Reno High School 2003. Petty Officer, 2nd Class Powell enlisted in the Navy in July 2008. At Naval Air Station Meridian, she was named 2009 Junior Sailor of The Year and was a recipient of the Naval & Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She also served as a member of the Navy Honor Guard. Whitney volunteered locally with the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency and served as chairman of the Naval Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions at NAS Meridian. Whitney attended Calvary Chapel of Meridian.

    Survivors include her father, Willis E. “Bill” Powell and his wife, Michelle; mother, Rae Jean Powell; sister, Jenvieve Bjornstad and her husband, David; brother, Nicholas E. Powell; nephew, Austin Willis “Sprout” Bjornstad; grandfather, Roger L. Powell and his wife, Leslie – all of Reno;  grandmothers, Lucy Morando and Jo Anne Brewster of Preston, Idaho; and numerous aunts, uncles and relatives.

    She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Loren Eugene Brewster; and grandmother, Beatrice Mary LaRocque Powell.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Calvary Chapel of Meridian, Miss., 7338 Newell Road, Meridian MS 39305,

    Family and Friends may sign the online guest book at

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