J. Powell Obituary

J. Gordon Powell
J. Gordon Powell
J. Gordon Powell

March 10, 1940 - November 24, 2010
Born in Augusta, Georgia
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Gordon Powell, 70, died from complications of cancer on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. The family will receive friends one hour prior to an 11 AM memorial service on Monday, November 29, 2010, at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines, of which he was a 50 year member.

Gordon was born the youngest child of nine in Augusta, Georgia on March 10, 1940, to Charley Pickney Powell and Emmie Lucius Walton Powell. He grew up on the family farm one mile south of Grovetown, Georgia. Gordon attended Grovetown Elementary School through the seventh grade and graduated from Harlem High School in 1956. He came to Iowa in February 1959 and married Beverly Ellen Gilman on April 11, 1960. To this union four children were born. He enjoyed spending his free time working on the farm, fishing, hunting and camping with his family, when he wasn't helping someone else in need.

Gordon worked as an auto mechanic and appliance repair technician for Sears for over 38 years. After retirement in 1997 he was a tax preparer for H & R Block. Gordon was an active bee keeper for over 50 years during which time he taught and mentored many other apiarists.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beverly, his children, Linda Powell of Des Moines, Lori J. (Charles) Miller of Troy, Michigan and Lisa Kaylene Powell, DVM of West Union, Iowa and Brian Powell of Des Moines; five grandchildren, Eleanor L. "Ellie" Johnson, Colin E. Miller, Erik B. Holloway, Kyle M. Holloway and Sean A. Carrera; his siblings, Elizabeth Jordan of Tifton, Georgia, Theron Powell of Luftkin, Texas, Gwen (Bob) Litten of Franklin, North Carolina, Peggy (Jim) Silletto of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Joyce (Earl) Parker of Tifton, Georgia. He was preceded in death by three brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Woods Methodist Camp near Indianola or Immanuel United Methodist Church.


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Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900-49th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, November 29, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 - 49th
Des Moines, IA 50310
Monday, November 29, 2010
11:00 AM


Wesley Woods Methodist Camp
1086 Nixon St.
Indianola, IA US 50125