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Carrie Astrid Powell

d. November 5, 2023

Sylva, NC

Carrie Astrid Powell

 

Carrie Astrid Powell, a dedicated individual whose passion for serving extended beyond her professional career, passed away at her home on November 5, 2023. She will be fondly remembered for her immense contributions to the field of athletic training and her unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of those around her. She was a true giver and had an unwavering love for the Lord.  God gained an angel.

Born in Bibb County, Georgia, Carrie's early years were marked by an innate curiosity and a heartfelt desire to help others. Her FatherMatthew was an Emergency Medical Doctor and her Mother Virginia was an RN. Carrie spent a lot of time with her Father at the hospital.  Seeing their dedication to helping people with their health, paved the way for Carrie's remarkable journey that touched countless lives and leaves an indelible impact on her community.

Carrie's academic journey began at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC, where she graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. During her time at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Carrie's exemplary dedication and hard work earned her numerous accolades including being recognized in Who's Who Among American University and College Students. Her passion for sports medicine shone through as she received the Athletic Training Education Program Award and the Moretz Student Athletic Trainer Award.

Driven by an unwavering thirst for knowledge and an enduring desire to expand her expertise, Carrie furthered her education at Western Carolina University. In 2006, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Care with a Health Management concentration. Throughout her studies, Carrie demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication which earned her prestigious awards such as the Jackson-Swain Counties Medical Society Scholarship, the Flynn Education Scholarship recipient, and the Clinical Accommodation Award.

Professionally, Carrie's talents as an athletic trainer were unrivaled. She was an athletic trainer for 20 years at Swain County High School. She loved life, she loved her job, and she loved her Swain community. Swain was her Family. With grace and compassion, she dedicated herself to helping her athletes and students. She cared for them so much that she referred to them as "My Kids".  Her extensive knowledge and calm demeanor made a profound impact on those she worked with and cared for. Whether it was administering first-aid techniques or providing encouragement to athletes and their families, Carrie's presence brought solace and hope to countless individuals.

Beyond her professional achievements, Carrie had a vibrant personality and diverse interests. In her free time, she found solace in various hobbies such as cooking, hiking, biking, drawing, painting, and engaging in crafts. Her creative spirit allowed her to find joy in bringing beauty into the world through her artistic endeavors.

Carrie's proudest accomplishment came in 2021 when she was bestowed the prestigious NCHSAA Elton Hawley Athletic Trainer of the Year award. This recognition highlighted not only her exceptional skills but also underscored the profound impact she made on the athletic community. Her dedication to maintaining the health and wellbeing of athletes was unparalleled, and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of athletic trainers.

Perhaps Carrie's greatest accomplishment of all was being her younger sister Kristi's best friend and closest companion, as well as being a devoted and adored aunt to Kristi's three children, whom she cared for and loved as if they were her own. Not having any children of her own, Carrie showered them with love and affection that was unmatched by any except their own mother. Abigail, Matthew and Henry returned that love and affection whole heartedly, and will forever carry the memories of their beloved Aunt Carrie.

Carrie Astrid Powell's sudden departure leaves an immense void in the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be remembered for her unwavering commitment to caring for others, her thirst for knowledge, and her ability to uplift those around her with a warm smile and compassionate heart. May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace as we cherish the memories she has left behind.  She will be dearly missed, but she would want us to “Carrie On” .  

Carrie was preceded in death by her parents Matthew and Virginia Powellher sister Kelley Ann Quinn Powelland her brothers Brian Powell and John Powell.

She is survived by her siblings, Matthew L. Powell, Susanne M. B. Powell, Shayne Powell Flemming, Bonnie Powell Carver, Kathleen Patricia Douglas, William Powell, Kristi Powell; special niece Abigail Powell, nephews Matthew Powell, Henry Powell; along with many other nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at for Carrie at 1:00PM on November 22, 2023, at Swain County High School.  All are welcome to attend. 

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