Robbie Powell Beasley

Robbie Powell Beasley, 79, of Daleville, formerly of Newport News, wife of Bill Beasley, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. She was a native of Watha, NC, and was the daughter of the late John Lacey Powell and Annie Elizabeth Johnson. Robbie was the youngest of 13 children. She was raised on the family strawberry and tobacco farm before leaving to work for the Bank of Warwick in Newport News, where she met Bill, her husband of nearly 60 years.

After welcoming their children, Robbie worked as a homemaker. She later volunteered and worked serving others through her church, home health services, and as a physical therapy aide. Robbie and her husband retired to Daleville in 2005, becoming residents of The Glebe and living close by their children. Robbie was happiest when giving of herself to others in need or when holding a puppy in her arms. She also loved spending time in her garden growing beautiful flowers, a passion and talent shared by her sisters.

She is survived by her husband Bill and children, Billy and his wife, Karen of Daleville, VA, and Betsy of Glen Allen, VA, and many extended family members.

The family will receive friends and family at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022, followed by services to celebrate her life at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in her memory to The Glebe Benevolent Fund, 200 The Glebe Blvd, Daleville, VA 24083, or at

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Robert G. Campbell

    Bill & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Robbie’s passing. She was always so kind and thoughtful sending cards to my sister. May God Bless you all during this time. Our most sincere condolences to you all.
    Love & Prayers
    Greg & Shirley Campbell

    • Lisa smith

      I will miss you mom I need you but God need you more so for now farewell until we meet again your’Mom’ from the Glebe Lisa If I can help you guys out just let me know

  2. Louise Lyons

    Bill, Betsy and Billy,
    My heart goes out to each of you. As you know Robbie and I became very close after moving to Newport News and working at the Bank together. We had some great times and I will always be thankful for them. She was such a giving lady and always thought of others. I’m so glad I got to visit her a few years ago. My prayers will be with your family tomorrow as she is laid to rest.

  3. Jerry Nichols

    Billy and family; we were very saddened for you and your families for the loss of Robbie. She is definitely in a better place now.

    I will notify all those NASA friends and acquaintances of yours and Robbie’s that I can get in touch with.
    Jerry Nichols

  4. Amy Jennings

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved seeing sweet Miss Robbie when visiting my mom, Kathi, at the Glebe Chaplick Center. I’ll always remember after mom first arriving there, Miss Robbie showing us around the beautiful little gardens she tended there. And her being so nurturing and loving to mom. She was very special and will be so missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Amy Jennings

  5. Kenia Waller

    Betsy and Family,
    My sincere condolences to your family in the passing of Ms. Robbie. While I only personally know Betsy personally, it was apparent during her memorial service today where Betsy’s giving, considerate and kind spirit comes from. I pray your family finds solace and comfort in the beautiful life she lived.

  6. Ted Winright

    Betsy, Billy, Poppa B, there really are no words…I am so saddened as the world has lost a kind and generous soul. I know no words can bring solace, but I hope in time, the pain lessens to the point where you can only remember the good times
    and laughter. Momma B and all of you have been such an integral part of my life and have had such a positive impact, I can only give thanks for the many times and memories that I have been fortunate enough to share. I am blessed to have known her and to be considered in your thoughts. Sending much love and heartfelt prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  7. Holly Campbell

    Dear Bill, Billy, and Betsy,

    The service was so very beautiful. I was so touched that she wore the same dress she wore when Billy and Karen wee married. I was especially moved by the beautiful Madeira handkerchief beneath her hardworking. She liked beautiful things and she made the lives of hundreds more meaningful and beautiful as well. I would really like to contact one of you.

  8. Holly Campbell

    Dear Bill, Billy, and Betsy,
    The service for Robbie was very beautiful. I was so touched that she was wearing the same dress she wore when Billy and Karen were married. I was especially moved by the lovely Madeira handkerchief beneath her hardworking hands. She liked beautiful things and made the lives of hundred of people more meaningful and beautiful just be being who she was.

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