J.B. Powell of Riceville passed away this morning, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family.
There was a private memorial service presided by the Rev. Mike Allen for his immediate family only, per his wishes.
He was the husband of Roberta Belle Womac-Powell, the love of his life for 48 years.
A Riceville native, he was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Union County, Ga., and was the son of the late Lillian Grapel and Hubert Turner Powell. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Sue Powell, Joan Myers and Grace Raper, and brothers, C.G. and Herbert Turner “Tommy” Powell.
His living sisters are Wanda Lee Hayes of Cleveland and Sandra Ann Gebing of Florida, and his living brothers are Ray Hubert Powell of Riceville, Jerry Claude Powell of Calhoun and Anthony Franklin “Tony” Powell of Riceville. With this many siblings, there are too many nieces and nephews to mention, but he loved each and every one of them.
He was the brother and uncle you came to for help, support, advice or just an ear to listen. He gave when no one else would and he loved when you thought no one else did. He never asked for anything in return, and there were never any strings attached. When you were loved by him, you had a giant in your corner willing to do anything to protect you.
He was the proud father of two children and their spouses: Tracey and Lacey Powell of Englewood and Stacey and Danny Dixon of Riceville. He was an even prouder granddad of five: James Brandon, Trey Jayden and Alahna Brooke Powell, Jaxon Blake and William Haden Dixon. He knew what hard times really were and wanted to ensure that his family never did without, and he worked tirelessly to achieve that very thing.
He was a pulp-wood logger from 1967 to 1995. He was named Tennessee’s Logger of the Year in 1992 and championed the fundraising drive called “Cords for Kids” with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Hospital. His goal was to produce the best product and not leave the land ravaged or scarred. He had enjoyed many forms of hunting and fishing, and he wanted to share his enthusiasm with all his grandchildren so on their birth he gave each one a TWRA Lifetime Sportsman’s License so they too could always share their granddad’s love of the outdoors. In his retirement, his biggest enjoyment was spoiling his grandchildren.
The family would appreciate a donation to J.B.’s favorite charity, St. Jude Hospital, in lieu of flowers.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.