Rev W  R Chilton Powell

Rev W R Chilton Powell

Devils Lake, Ramsey County, North Dakota, USA
Death 31 Dec 1994 (aged 82)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
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POWELL The Rt. Rev. Chilton, died in Okla. City, Sat., Dec. 31, 1994. A Memorial Eucharist will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 N.W. 7th, Okla. City on Thursday, Jan. 5, 1995 at 11:00 a.m. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Cathedral, 127 N.W. 7th, Okla.

City, Ok. 73102; Evergreen Conference School of Church Music Endowment, c/o Don Shephard, Box 100, Evergreen, Co. 80439; Presbyterian Health Foundation, 711 S.L. Young Blvd., Okla. City 73104; or to a charity of the donor's choice, particularly service to the poor.

The Rt. Rev. Chilton Powell, former bishop of the Oklahoma Episcopal Church, whose efforts included the introduction of a new prayer book for congregations nationwide, died late Saturday after battling bronchitis and pneumonia. He was 83.

Powell was transferred to Oklahoma from Omaha, Neb., in 1951 and succeeded the late Rt. Rev. Thomas Casady as bishop of the diocese in 1953.

As bishop, Powell helped establish the St. Simeon's Home for Aging in Tulsa and the church took over and developed the Jane Phillips Episcopal Hospital in Bartlesville.

Powell also participated in the expansion of Casady School in Oklahoma City and the building of St. Crispin's Conference Center east of Seminole.

Under Powell's direction, the church provided $250,000 to Presbyterian Hospital for establishment of a geriatrics center.

Powell also served as assistant director of development at the hospital after retiring as bishop in 1977.

Funeral services are pending with Guardian Funeral Home's Midtown Chapel.
The Rt. Rev. W.R. Chilton Powell, second Bishop of Oklahoma, died Dec. 31 in an Oklahoma City hospital. He was 83.
Bishop Powell was elected Bishop Coadjutor of Oklahoma in 1951 and became diocesan 15 months later. He served until his retirement in 1977.
While diocesan bishop he was active in the life of the national church, serving as chairman of the Standing Liturgical Commission for 13 years, and he was a major figure in the 1979 revision of the Book of Common Prayer. He also served on the Program and Budget Committee.
He was born March 11, 1912 in Devil's Lake, N.D. He earned a B.A. degree at Carleton College (Minn.) in 1934, and, in 1938, an S.T.M. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of North Dakota in 1938, and served four mission congregations there for three years He became curate at Gethsemane Church, Minneapolis, in 1941, and was dean of Trinity Cathedral, Omaha, Neb., from 1943 to 1951.
Bishop Powell is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a son, John, of New Bedford, Mass., and a daughter, Sarah Newcomb, of Oklahoma City.
The funeral liturgy for Bishop Powell was celebrated Jan. 5 at St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City, the Rt. Rev. Robert Moody, Bishop of Oklahoma, officiating.

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