Celebrating the life of Robert Steven "Steve" Tisdale Powers
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Steve grew up in Barnwell, SC, and moved as a teen to Yonges Island, SC. He was a graduate of First Baptist High School in Charleston, SC, and attended the University of South Carolina. After living in Columbia for many years, he and Marilyn made his grandfather’s, Clarence Dicks, homeplace in Barnwell their home.
While living in Yonges Island, he worked with his father, John Keith Powers, who managed the L.P. Maggioni Oyster Company, where Steve learned many invaluable, lifetime skills. During this time in Steve’s life, he fell in love with the lowcountry, the salt marsh and ocean, oystering, shrimping, boating, sailing, hunting, and fishing. He also loved surfing at Folly Beach, especially when the big waves were rolling in from an impending hurricane. Having grown up during the 60s, he had a passion for music, especially rock, and loved playing his guitar. It was when he loaned Marilyn a Chicago record album that they were brought together as young sweethearts, leading to more than 44 years of devotion to one another. Steve adored Marilyn and loved her with all his heart. He was such a romantic and loved surprising her with gifts and beautifully hand-written letters.
Steve was most passionate about spending time with his wife, Marilyn, and their family, which included three rescue dogs – Mollie, Ginger, and Julie. He loved traveling and vacationing with family at the beach, hiking in the upstate to see waterfalls, zip-lining through the mountains, riding horses, camping and fishing with friends in Capers Island, and attending ballgames and other sports activities of many of his nieces and nephews. Steve was an active member of Barnwell First Baptist Church, and dearly loved his church family.
Steve also enjoyed water sports, especially showing off his skills hydro-sliding, jet-skiing, and waterskiing. He was also a gun enthusiast and enjoyed target practice at the range and spending time helping others improve their shooting skills and knowledge of guns. On a nice weekend day, he enjoyed cruising around South Carolina in his Mustang convertible and taking photos of unique places and things and posting them on the South Carolina Picture Project Facebook page.
Steve was employed for many years as a Senior Litigation Support Specialist by Nelson Mullins Law Firm in Columbia, SC. During his career at Nelson Mullins and at other law firms, he had a specific passion for assisting attorneys with their case and trial preparation. He was highly respected by his Nelson Mullins colleagues for his work ethic and skills. He was a collaborative colleague and friend who was always interested in how he could lift someone else’s burden onto himself and pull a tool from his “swiss army knife” to solve a problem.
Steve was a devoted husband, son, brother-in-law, uncle, and cousin. He never met a stranger, and he loved being around people. He had an unwavering love for God, was kind, compassionate, tenderhearted, thoughtful, loving, intelligent, adventurous, and humorous. He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and his colleagues.
A graveside service of thanksgiving for Steve will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery, Ellenton Street (US 278 near the airport), Barnwell, SC, with Pastor Bart Kelley officiating. COVID restrictions observed. Memorials may be made to the Barnwell First Baptist Church Road to Freedom Fund, 161 Allen Street, Barnwell, SC 29812; the Barnwell County Animal Shelter, 55 Diamond Road, Barnwell, SC 29812; or a charity of your choice.
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Ellenton St., Hwy 278
Barnwell, SC 29812