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Billy Oneal Powell

February 23, 1936 ~ March 18, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Billy Powell Life Story

Billy Oneal Powell, passed away on March 18, 2024, at the age of 88 in Jefferson, TX, after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Texas, he was born in Linden on February 23, 1936, to the late Conard and Lona Powell. Billy's life was characterized by his unwavering dedication to his family, his love for his community, and his passion for the simple joys of life. Proud graduate of Linden High School, class of 1954, Billy's work ethic and commitment to service were evident early on. After graduation, he served in the military from the years of 1954 to 1957, where he specialized in photography. After serving in the military, he continued his photography career at NASA. Then carried on with his love for photography by being a wedding photographer and taking pictures for the local youth athletic teams for many years. Then began a distinguished career with the United States Postal Service, where he dedicated many years before retiring. His colleagues remember him as a reliable and friendly face, always ready with a kind word or a helping hand. Billy's heart was always with his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hulene Powell, and his treasured sister, Mary Fielder. His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving son, Pat Powell, and daughter-in-law, Melinda Powell. He was a cherished grandfather to Dylan and Stormy Powell, whose lives he touched with his wisdom and gentle spirit. Billy also leaves behind his sisters, Romie Caver and Carolyn Houston, who will miss him dearly. Outside of his family and work, Billy was an avid supporter of local high school football, often spotted in the stands at Marshall and Waskom games, cheering with the same enthusiasm he showed in every aspect of his life. Billy was a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan and enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball on TV. His hands were rarely still, as he found solace and joy in woodworking, creating beautiful pieces in his home shop. His woodworking projects were not only a testament to his skill but also tokens of love for those he cared about. Billy's green thumb was as renowned as his handy work. He could often be found tending to his garden and using the fruits of his labor to create foods such as, salsa, jellies, and wine. A man of simple pleasures, Billy's greatest joy was the time spent with his grandchildren. Each moment was an opportunity to impart a lesson, share a laugh, or build a memory. His influence on their lives is a lasting legacy that will continue to guide them. Furthermore, Billy was an active participant in Rural Mail Carriers conventions, where he forged lasting friendships and shared his experiences with fellow carriers. His involvement in these conventions was a highlight of his retirement years, providing him with a sense of camaraderie and purpose. Billy Powell lived a full life, marked by the love he gave and the respect he earned. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him, but the stories of his kindness, his laughter, and his unwavering integrity will be recounted for generations. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. The Powell family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Magnolia Place Skilled Nursing Facility of Jefferson, TX, for their support during Billy's final days. The warmth and care shown by friends and family are a true testament to the impact Billy had on those around him. A life so well-lived is a rare gift, and Billy Oneal Powell was indeed that. As we say farewell to a man of great character and love, we take comfort in knowing that his legacy will continue to inspire and influence all who were fortunate enough to know him. Rest in peace, dear Billy; your memory will forever be a beacon of light for us all.

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Life Celebration® Visitation
Friday
March 22, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Cammack Family Sullivan Funeral Home
100 E. Travis Street
Marshall, TX 75670

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