Velva J. Powell

Velva J. Powell

Velva Mae Jarrell Powell was born in Knight, Louisiana on March 26, 1924. She graduated from Evans High School in 1941 and attended Louisiana College. On September 30, 1944, she married Louie C. Powell of Hineston, where they lived until 1984, when they moved to Alexandria.

Through the years, Velva was very active in church activities both at the Camp Eight United Pentecostal Church in Otis, Louisiana, and, since 1984, at The Pentecostals of Alexandria. She worked for the U. S. Postal Service in Long Leaf, Louisiana and also taught school. In 1959, she became a stay-at-home Mom. She and her husband enjoyed camping and RV trips, traveling extensively in the United States.

Having been found faithful, on November 26, 2012, at the age of 88 years, Velva's long and winding road turned to gold. The corruptible put on incorruption; the mortal put on immortality. Those who preceded her in death were waiting just inside the Eastern Gate: her parents, Grady and Ola Sales Jarrell; her brother, Reverend Vernie Lee Jarrell; and her sister, Alverie Jarrell Golemon.

Mourning her passing are her husband of 68 years, Louie C. Powell; her son, Ronald Louie Powell and his wife, Karen Diane Long Powell; and her granddaughter, Kelsey Delaine Powell. She will also be deeply missed by many nieces and nephews, friends, and her beloved church family.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at The Pentecostals of Alexandria and will include remarks and tributes from: Otha L. Powell, George L. Glass, Jr., Rick McDonald, Gary Maxwell, Lana Havens, Mickey Mangun, and Pastor Terry Shock, with a Eulogy by Senior Pastor Anthony Mangun. Private Interment will be at Alexandria Memorial Gardens, officiated by: Gentry Mangun, Melani Shock, and Senior Pastor Anthony Mangun.

Visitation will be on Monday in the Sanctuary of The Pentecostals of Alexandria from 3:00 p.m. until time of service.

Pallbearers will be: Keanan Barnhart, Mark Lucas, Gary Maxwell, Alvin Owens, Blake Powell, Lawrence Powell, Rickey Powell, and Lynn Rogers; with Honorary Pallbearers: Larry Chevalier, Dwayne Davis, Curtis Havens, Harvey Jarrell, and Bernhard Langel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in her name to: Youth on Missions, The Pentecostals of Alexandria, 2817 Rapides Avenue, Alexandria, LA 71301.

Arrangements have been entrusted to White Oaks Funeral Home, Oakdale, Louisiana.

Published in The Town Talk from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2012