Juanita Powell
1915 - 2009
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POWELL, Juanita JUANITA TOMLINSON POWELL Juanita Tomlinson Powell, 94, of Valdosta - a good woman who led a good life - died at Langdale Hospice House Saturday, September 5, 2009. She was married for 54 years to the late Franklin Benjamin Powell Jr. and for 65 years lived in the same house on East Park Avenue where they reared four daughters. They were committed to ensuring that their daughters were well-educated, well-mannered, responsible, caring and independent. Mrs. Powell was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Alamo to Joseph Patrick and Abbie Hill Tomlinson. She was the oldest living descendant of Enoch and Jemima Giddens Tomlinson of Clinch County. Reared in Adel, Mrs. Powell moved to Valdosta as a teenager and worked for Judge Harley Langdale before joining Roberts Insurance Agency, which became Blanton & Cross Insurance Agency. She was secretary-treasurer of Blanton and Cross and was unquestionably acknowledged as the person who knew more about insurance than anyone else in Valdosta. She retired in her early 70s and became a member of the South Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary where she volunteered well into her 80s. She had the time in retirement to enjoy membership in the Literary Guild and Lowndes County Historical Society. Mrs. Powell was a founding member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church where she held several leadership positions. She was a longtime member of the Elks Aidmore Auxiliary of Valdosta Elks Lodge #728 where Mr. Powell was a Past Exalted Ruler and she was a Bingo night regular. She was constant in attending Valdosta High School Wildcat football games, never passed up a good game of poker and taught many a child how to win at the game. She was godmother to Johnathan Sellars of Brunswick and Lauren Sellars Prince of St. Simons Island. Though she traveled throughout Europe and North America, Mrs. Powell took the greatest delight in sharing her home in Valdosta and house at Cherry Lake with family and friends, her children and their friends, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends' children and their grandchildren and sometimes even strangers. In fact, after she was widowed, there were 13 toothbrushes in her bathroom, all kept there by people who regularly enjoyed her company. She evolved into a great cook who turned out a dinner every Sunday then-determined by how much she had cooked - invited whomever she ran in to to join the family table after church where lively, sometimes six-way conversations ensued. Though a frugal woman, Mrs. Powell was generous with her hospitality and private acts of charity, compassion and friendship. She held to traditional values but was progressive socially and politically. She accepted with grace whatever circumstances befell her and adapted to life changes. Her oldest daughter, Juanita Ann Powell, 49, died of breast cancer in 1991, and Mr. Powell died in 1993. Survivors include three daughters, Kay Powell of Smyrna, Martha Coppage of Valdosta and Mary Frank Wingate of Quitman and Mrs. Powell's beloved son-in-law, Joe Wingate; a sister, Carolyn Harris of Adel; two grandsons and their wives, Joseph Lyle Coppage and Kelli Coppage of Telluride, CO, and Benjamin Powell Wingate and Holly Wingate of Quitman; and three great-grandchildren, Holden Coppage of Telluride and Mary Anne Wingate and Monroe Wingate of Quitman. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Langdale Hospice House, 2251 Pineview Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanefuneralservices.com.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 8, 2009.
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September 9, 2009
Kay - I just learned of your loss. We are sorry we are not in Valdosta to be with you at this time. You are in our prayers
Roger Davis
September 9, 2009
Our prayers are with you at your loss.
Tom and Kay Coppedge
September 9, 2009
Dear Kay, Avoice from the past.I am so sorry to read about your loss. I remember your mother from college and cast parties that she had for the drama department.As I read about the things that she stood for through out her life. All I can say is what aBLESSING TO HAVE THIS WOMAN FOR SUCH A ROLE MODEL.I know that she will be missed,but I know that she is in a better place.Kay take care and let me hear from you. Jerry Dickson
jerry &sandra dickson
September 9, 2009

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Patricia Newman
September 9, 2009
This is to her daughters: I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.Powell through my job as a personal assistant and caregiver while working for At Home Instead. She was someone who I came to love and continued to stay in contact with her even after I left town and went away to college I would still visit her at Langdale Place whenever I came to town. We enjoyed going out to bingo, which she loved and also talking while she did crossword puzzles and spending time out in the yard and sitting in the swing on her porch. She was a wonderful person and I am going to miss her. She loved her daughters and spoke fondly of you all. Remember God will take care of you, with deepest sympathy.
JoAnne Franklin
September 9, 2009

My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of grief.

Paramedic Dena D Garvin
September 8, 2009
Kay, Chuck and I are so sorry for your loss. But she raised some wonderful children and I know she was proud of you and your sisters. May all the wonderful memories help sustain you now, and bring you job in the future. Our thoughts are with you.
Sandy and Chuck Eckstein
September 8, 2009
See you all soon!! Love, Lauren
Lauren Prince
September 8, 2009
Kay, I am so sorry to hear you've lost your mother. I know you will miss her every day. Rhonda
Rhonda Cook
September 8, 2009
She was a wonderful family friend and a lovely person. she will be greatly missed. Our special words of sympathy go out to her family.

Pat and Bill Raines
Pat and Bill Raines
September 8, 2009
So saddened to hear of your mother's passing. But what a life! I hope you enjoy every sweet memory you have of her in the days to come, and know that you are surrounded by people who love you and wish only the best for you and your family during this difficult time.
Thinking of you,
Meridith Ford Goldman
Meridith Goldman
September 8, 2009
I can attest to the caring and independent nature of her daughter and my mentor, Kay Powell. She was my first editor and taught me the intricacies of a well-written obit. I love this one the family has done for their beloved Juanita Powell. I feel like I knew her. All my love to Kay, Martha, Mary Frank and your families during this time.
Rachel Tobin Ramos
Rachel Ramos
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