Rev. William Oliver
July 4, 1936-
May 24, 2013
Columbus, GA- The Reverend William Oliver Powell died on May 24, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Columbus, Georgia on July 4, 1936. He was predeceased by his parents, Bennett and Mattie Powell, and his three brothers, Edmond, Lucius, and Ray Powell.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 28th at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Beckum, Rev. Sam M. Clark, and Dr. Donald M. Kea officiating. A private interment will be held prior to the service at Parkhilll Cemetery with Dr. Buddy Cooper officiating. The family will greet friends in Stockwell Hall at St. Luke at the conclusion of the memorial service.
Reverend Powell attended St. Elmo School and Columbus High School, graduating in 1954. He graduated from Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
He served faithfully in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Included in his ten appointments were; Sherwood United Methodist Church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, and the Superintendent of the Columbus District of the United Methodist Church. He retired in 2001.
In his retirement, Reverend Powell enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, doing at least three crossword puzzles daily, playing golf with his group, and the "McDonald's Coffee Club". His love of music included not only the great hymns of the church, but ran the gamut from Broadway musicals to barbershop quartets.
Reverend Powell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Anderson Powell; his daughters Libbie Powell Key (Jack), Billie Powell Flowers (Mac), both of Columbus, Christy Powell Garner (Darren) of Auburn; his seven grandchildren, Will Garner, Jack Key IV, Chris Garner, Ruthie Flowers, Sally Key, Bill Flowers, and Clay Garner, and several nieces and nephews.
South Georgia Conference ministers and their spouses are invited to sit as a group for the memorial service.
Memorials may be sent to St. Luke UMC Respite Care Ministry, P.O. Box 867, Columbus, GA 32902 or Columbus Hospice www.columbushospice.com
Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com