Janie Powell Wagner
JANIE POWELL WAGNER passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 4, 2014 surrounded by her daughters. Mrs. Wagner was one of seven children born to the union of the late William E. Powell, Sr. and the late Viola Epps Powell.
Mrs. Wagner accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age at Union Chapel Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend J. R. Rutledge. She continued her devotion to her faith as a member of Galilee Baptist Church.
After graduation from Central Colored High School, she attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies and Library Science. While at Southern, she served as President of the Future Teachers of America and received a grant to study Parliamentary Procedures at The American University in Washington, DC. She furthered her educational journey at Louisiana State University and Centenary College.
Mrs. Wagner followed in her father's footsteps when she went on to teach Social Studies in the Caddo Parish School System for the next 28 years. Her first assignment was Booker T. Washington High School. She was one of the first teachers to desegregate the Caddo Parish School System when she was selected to teach at Woodlawn High School. She taught at Huntington High School and later Green Oaks High School until her retirement.
Her tireless commitment to her community has been repeatedly demonstrated through her various organizational affiliations; she chaired and organized the Mother's
for the Black Community; worked diligently to bring anti-drug messages into the school by sponsoring Students against Drugs (SAD); and spearheaded numerous outreach programs through her affiliation with her sorority.
As an active member of the Delta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she relentlessly embraced the laurels of the sorority in her service to all mankind. She became one of the charter members of Sigma Rho Omega where she served as the chapter's first Basileus. Her devotion to community service was exemplified and acknowledged when March 4, 2006 was proclaimed "Soror Janie Wagner Day", an honor bestowed upon her by Mayor Keith Hightower of Shreveport. She was a Silver Star and Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
She leaves to ever cherish her memory, her two daughters, Vallerie D. Wagner of Los Angeles, CA and Rosalyn W. Blake of Clinton, MD; her four grandsons, Jarvis D. Wagner and wife (Latonja) of Amarillo, TX, Thomas N. Blake Jr., Phillip B. Blake and Jonathan C. Blake all of Clinton, MD; her two sisters, Lois V. Powell Coleman and husband (Clinton) of Shreveport, LA and Jessie Lee Powell Brown of Shreveport, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, sorority sisters and friends.
Homegoing services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Galilee Baptist Church, 1500 Pierre Avenue, Shreveport, LA. Interment will be at the Union Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Waskom, TX.
J. S. Williams Funeral Home - Shreveport, LA (318) 221-6169
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 11, 2014