Funeral service for Mr. Paul T. Powell, 86, will be Monday, July 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Irons and the Rev. Bob Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Coldwater Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11-1 at the funeral home. Mr. Powell passed away at RMC on July 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Johnnie "Pat" Powell; daughters, Paula (Jim) Green and Belinda Levy; grandson, Austin Longshore; step granddaughters, Erica (Sagar) Vats and Leanne (Jason) Dawkins; sister-in-laws, Merle Powell and Sadie Powell and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his parents, James and Minnie Powell, four brothers and one sister. Pallbearers will be Scott Hughes, Kevin Wells, James Coley, Jerry Coley Jr., Steve Coley, Malcom Coley Jr., with Mike Purdy and the Men's Sunday School Class of Coldwater United Methodist Church serving as Honorary Pallbearers. When Mr. Powell was 48 years old, he was driving home after a day of work at the Fort McClellan post office when he pulled into the clubhouse of the fort's golf course and paid for a golf membership. He had little experience on the course but he thought that it looked like a nice place to spend the afternoon after work. He became a four-time overall winner of the Calhoun County Senior Golf Tournament and a nine time winner of his age group. He played on the Georgia Preachers Golf Association Tournament at Calloway Gardens through the 1990's where he won five titles and one second place win. At Cane Creek he was an overall club and senior champion in 1985, senior club champion in 1988 and 1990 and Super Senior (75 and over) Club champion in 2007 and 2008. All of his trophies now line three long shelves in the game room of his house. Mr. Powell was a very natural athlete. He was a successful baseball player at Munford High School and played industrial league baseball and softball as a young man. He always said, "My main goal on any course is to play the course, not the other competitors. I try to hit the greens in regulation, which gives me two putts to par. That way I don't beat myself; the others have to beat me." Mr. Powell has also participated in many of the golf events at the Masters' Games, an athletic competition for senior citizens. Since 1993, he has won 29 medals, 19 of which are gold, in Masters' Games. For all of his accomplishments, he has been named an All Star Athlete in the Masters' Games program. Mr. Powell was busy with his golf career, but he also had a second business career. He worked with the United States Postal Service for 30 years where he served as a postmaster in LaFayette and Sylacauga, having previously worked in Anniston and Fort McClellan. He then opened his own business behind his house where he would rebuild and sell automobiles. Mr. Powell was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Flowers will be accepted but donations can be made to the Coldwater United Methodist Church. www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com Miller Funeral Home & Crematory Oxford, Al (256) 831-4611 A Brown Service Authorized Funeral Home.
Published in The Anniston Star on July 6, 2014