Whitney B. Powers was born in New York in 1911. In Rye his family lived on Windcrest Road and were members of Christ Church. Whitney enlisted in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Sgt. Whitney Powers Played In Inter-Allied Tennis Matches
A FOURTEENTH AIR FORCE BASE, CHINA.
Sgt. Whitney B. Powers, former Milton Point Beach Club tennis coach, now stationed somewhere in China, showed some of his old net form when recently he participated in the first inter-Allied tennis matches held at this base against Chinas leading net stars. Now a Flying Tiger of Maj. Gen. C. L Chennaults Fourteenth Air Force, Sgt. Powers also was former coach of the Delray Beafeh, Fla. , Tennis Association. He lost a close 6-2, 6-4 match to Eddie Ma, the provincial title-holder and ranked in Chinas first ten list. Sgt. Powers is a resident of Windcrest Road, Rye.
PAGE TWO THE RYE CHRONICLE Friday, April 20, 1945
WHITNEY B. POWERS Whitney B. Powers, 93 years old, of West Palm Beach, Florida, died on Sunday, March 14, 2004 following an extended illness. Born in Rye, New York, he was a resident of the Palm Beach area for over 60 years and a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Mr. Powers was a graduate of the Choate School and attended college in Gustav, Switzerland.
A highly respected tennis professional, Mr. Powers enthusiastically shared his knowledge and life long passion for the game with his many pupils. His teachings influenced numerous local players, many of whom were ranked statewide and nationally. Mr. Powers also served as the director of the Southside Tennis Association at Phipps Park for over 20 years until his retirement in 1985. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Powers who died in 1997.
He is survived by his sister, Louise Sanger of Duxbury, MA; two children, Walter H. Powers, IV and his wife Nina of West Palm Beach, FL, and Nancy Halpin of Tampa, FL; six grandchildren, Patrick Halpin, Susan Airheart, Kevin Halpin, Sonya Bahdal, Peggy Powers, and Robert Powers; and four great grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 20, 2004 at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, with The Rev. Howarth L. Lewis, Jr., Deacon with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, from 2:00 P.M. until the time of service. QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME Family Owned and Operated www.Quattlebaum.org
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Published in The Palm Beach Post on Mar. 17, 2004.