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Age 58, of Slippery Rock, PA, passed away at his residence, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, following an extended illness. He was born in Victoria, Texas on August 31, 1957, to Richard Leroy Powell and Erma Jewell McCleskey Powell. He married Julie Elaine Mahan on October 2, 1982. He graduated from East Stroudsburg High School in 1975, and later West Chester University in 1979, with a degree in Music Education. He graduated with a degree in Turf Grass Management from Penn State University in 1981. Jim was a sales representative for E. H. Griffith, Inc. of Pittsburgh, a company described by the family as "very family oriented." He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming and golfing. He was a member of Center Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock. Survivors include his wife, Julie at home; daughter, Jenny E. Kaplan and husband, Bryan of Pittsburgh; son, Joshua J. Powell and fiancée, Emily A. Peabody of Erie; mother, Erma Powell of East Stroudsburg; two sisters, Cindy Wallace and husband, Lloyd of Stroudsburg and Sharon Powell of Newton, NY; and grandson, Evan Kaplan. He was preceded in death by his father. A Memorial Service will be held at Center Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. William Mumaw presiding. The family will receive friends at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be given to Northwestern PA Golf Course Superintendents Assoc., P.O. Box 157, Forestville, PA 16035 or Greater Pittsburgh Golf Course Superintendents Assoc., P.O. Box 36, Imperial, PA 15126.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 21, 2016.
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January 25, 2016
Julie, Josh and Jenny, our sympathies to you. It is hard to put into words the joy of knowing Jim and knowing his love of you, his family.

Dick and Nancy Stroup
January 24, 2016
Dear Julie and Family,
We don't know each other, but if i could, i would hug you and your Family and cry with you right now.
Jim was a founding member of our College Fraternity at West Chester. It was there that i had the privilege to know Jim and i was always amazed at how the brothers closest to him held him in such high esteem. A rare individual who, even in college, was an admirable man. May God bless you in abundance with everything you and your Family need for the rest of the days of your lives.
And may you find peace and comfort from the people closest to you in the coming days and weeks.
jeff noel
January 23, 2016
We at Newfield School District send warm wishes and many thoughts as our good friend Sharon Powell and the entire family celebrate the life of her brother. Our hearts are all with you Sharon.
Robin Hawk
January 22, 2016
We are heartbroken to lose such a good friend. He always had a smile and a joke and a ride in his convertible! We met when the boys were in kindergarten 20 years ago and we have treasured the friendship ever since. He loved his family so much and ENJOYED his time with you. Between hunting, fishing, boating, trips to the Keys, Jenny's wedding, and becoming a grandfather, you have so many good memories to treasure. May those thoughts bring you peace and strength. Jim is finally healed and smiling down from Heaven. We loved him and will miss him dearly. We will see you soon.
Joe, Debbie, Nathan, Shane and Lauren King
January 22, 2016
January 22, 2016
Dear Julie, Jenny, Josh and family.
Our sincere sympathy to all of you on your great loss. Joe and I have special memories of all of you but in our last months in Slippery Rock we enjoyed good conversations with Jim at the REC Center. We are grateful to the LORD for Jim's gift of faith, and look forward to seeing him again one day in God's kingdom.
Molly and Joe Lisciandro
Molly Lisciandro
January 22, 2016
Dear Julie and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always cherish the great memories of the times I spent with Jim. Please accept my condolences.
Mike Meier
January 21, 2016
Dearest Julie, Jenny, Josh and families,
So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was always such a nice man and I always appreciated his kindness towards Jarod! Cherish all of your precious memories of him till we all meet again. Sending many thoughts and prayers.
Crystal & Mike Agostino
January 21, 2016
Julie, Jenny, Josh and Family,
So very Sorry to hear of Jims passing. Was so surprised, seems like not very long ago we seen him around the barn on Shields Rd. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Keep a hold of those memories and may they bring you comfort at this most difficult time!!

Brian and Courtney
January 21, 2016
Sorry to hear of your father's passing Jenny, Thoughts and prayers for you and your family
Aleta Jensen
January 21, 2016
Sweet Julie, Jenny, Josh and Families, Please know how much we loved Jimbo. He was a treasure to all who knew him. We loved him dearly. We are keeping all of you in our prayers.
Chuck & Barb Grayson
January 21, 2016
Julie and family, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Jim's visits. He will be greatly missed! God bless, Jim and Karen Kellogg
Karen Kellogg
January 21, 2016
Julie and Family, you have our very deepest sympathy, keeping you all in prayer.
Joyce-Denny Youshock
January 21, 2016
Dear Julie,Jenny, Josh and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and father. We were so saddened to hear of his passing. If you need anything, please do call. We'll be in touch.
Much Love, Dave and Barb Arblaster
Barbara Arblaster
January 21, 2016
Julie; So sorry for your loss. Will keep you & your family in my prayers.
Linda Arner
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