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Willie Powell

January 1, 1936 ~ July 7, 2022 (age 86)
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Willie Lee Powell was born on January 1, 1936, to Pauline and David Powell in Butler County, AL. He confessed his life to Christ at an early age. He moved to Birmingham, AL with his bride, Willia Ingram Powell in 1956. To this union, five children were born, Paul Renevick, Deidre Lorraine, Ruby LaShun, Siegfried Kelvin, and Tracy. He joined Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Riley Station under the leadership of Rev. Clarence R. Smith, Sr. where he served as a Deacon and a member on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Powell worked as a Cement Finisher for Hoar & Sons Construction Company and later began selfemployment by partnering with a fellow co-worker Robert Bayles. They both began their company Bayles & Powell Construction. After years of working together, Willie decided to begin his own business and it was named Powell Construction. His business afforded him the opportunities to travel and take major jobs that included Brookwood Mall and the parking deck in Birmingham, AL, Eastdale Mall (Montgomery, AL) Ericsson Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.). He later married, Philiper Skyler West-Powell. To this union, one daughter, Katrina Patrice was born. While living in Mississippi, he continued his business by helping to build NorthPark Mall in Ridgeland, MS and Metrocenter Mall in Jackson, MS. He later moved to Charlotte, N.C. where he was a member of Restoration and Deliverance Ministry in Mount Holly, N.C. under the leadership of Pastor Jessie Fields. He was known as the father of the church because he was the oldest male member. He also was a Trustee. Before retiring, Mr. Powell loved working as a Cement Finisher doing major and minor jobs wherever it took him. He took pride in his work and enjoyed telling his family of places and people he met alongside his working journey. He later moved back to Greenville, AL to help take care of his father, David Powell. He returned to his home church, Mount Ida Missionary Baptist Church #2 where he was ordained as a deacon in 2013 and served until his failing health. On the morning of July 7th, God called his name and he answered. He was preceded in death by both parents, brother, Joel L. Powell, sister, Annie L. Henderson, son, Paul R. Powell, grandson, Darrell Smith, Jr. wives, Willia Ingram Powell, and Philiper Skyler WestPowell, son-in-law, Darrell Smith, Sr. He leaves behind his legacy: three daughters, Deidre (Ralph) Sims, Bessemer, AL, Ruby P. Smith, Montgomery, AL, Katrina P. Powell, Brandon, MS; two sons, Siegfried (Vanessa) Powell, Midfield, AL, Tracy (Lydia) Powell, Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Paul (Kisha) Powell, Sherri (Larry) Pickens, Deidree Powell, Dominic (Khira) Ruffin, Ashley Ruffin, Alexius Sims, Dameyune Smith, Gavin Powell, Jarvis Powell, Sielandra Powell, Britney Jackson, Bria Powell, Brayden Powell, Anderson Walker; twenty-two greats-grands, a host of loving nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Services

Funeral Service
Tuesday
July 12, 2022

12:00 PM
Clara G. Hudson Memorial Chapel
620 W. Commerce Street
Greenville, AL 36037

Interment following funeral service
Tuesday
July 12, 2022

Mt. Ida Annex
Co Rd 62
Greenville, AL 36037

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