Loyd Walter Powell Jr.
FUNERAL HOME
Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX
POWELL JR., Loyd Walter Loyd Walter Powell, Jr., entered the gates of Heaven and came into the Glory of the Lord in the early hours of Saturday, September 11th, 2021. His Kingdom arrival followed a fiercely fought battle with cancer, and he is now living in complete healing eternally. Loyd was born in Gladewater, Texas in 1946 to Loyd Sr. and Reba Powell. He graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas before attending Denver University, where he graduated in three years. He completed his MBA at Southern Methodist University and immediately enlisted in the Army Reserves as a medic. Loyd Powell was a drilling machine born to "make hole" and deliver American oil. While other boys were involved in school activities, young Loyd was constantly by his father's side visiting drilling rigs, catching samples from the shale shaker, and learning the doghouse lingo. After he purchased his first string of drill pipe as a college student, there was no looking back. At the age of 29, Loyd took his father's place by assuming command of the family business after his father's sudden passing. Over 50 years, Loyd grew Cholla Petroleum, Inc. into one of Texas' largest independent oil and gas exploration companies, personally overseeing the completion of more than 1,150 oil and gas wells. Until the very end, even from the hospital bed, Loyd continued to wildcat for oil and gas, reviewing reports, asking for updates on wells and even monitoring progress on his most recent venture into bitcoin mining. Loyd has left operations to his sons who will continue to lead Cholla into the next phase of exploration. Loyd took pride in being the youngest member admitted to the Dallas Petroleum Club at the age of twenty-one. He was a proud supporter of the Bullock Texas State History Museum and countless charitable organizations. Additionally, he was an active member of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers, Dallas Wildcat Committee, along with the Dallas Producers Club. He was a longtime member of TIPRO and honored by them in 2013 for his work in the oil and gas industry. Loyd's love of the oil and gas business was only overshadowed by his love for his "cute" wife, Michal Powell, and their large, loving family. He considered Michal his most significant discovery; his life changed forever the day he met her. They were each other's best friends and his beloved wife truly brought him more joy and pride than any well ever did. Together, they had four children and Loyd affectionately took on his father's nickname, to be known as "Slim," to their many grandchildren. Loyd is survived by his wife, adoring children, grandchildren, a firecracker mother-in-law, and his dearly cherished extended family. It was of the utmost importance to Loyd that he be an honest businessman with the highest integrity, who preferred to do business on a handshake and take a man at his word. Loyd was an employer who valued his employees. He was a proud Texan and an American patriot. Most importantly, he was a man of quiet yet steadfast faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For many years he enjoyed being a member of the Fant Sunday School class at Park Cities Baptist Church. Loyd found great pleasure in spending weekends out at the ranch with his family making sure the grass was well mowed, the cedar trees were chopped, and the cows were fat and happy. He always had his dog riding shotgun and enjoyed a good hunt with his boys. Loyd was an avid collector of Southwestern art and also had an eye for picking out a new dress for his wife. He was a voracious reader and maintained a vast collection of books, particularly highlighting his depth of knowledge of Texas and oil history. Loyd had a lot of character and was quite a character himself. He said what he thought and never left anyone questioning where he stood. He left his family without any doubt as to where he was going. Loyd is now living eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven. A celebration of life will be held the morning of Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts may be made online or by check to Men of Nehemiah, The Salvation Army of North Texas, or The Denison Forum. It was Loyd's wish that gifts be directed to these ministries he knew and loved well. Men of Nehemiah, 2010 Al Lipscomb Way, Dallas, Texas 75215 menofnehemiah.org The Salvation Army of North Texas, PO Box 36006, Dallas, Texas 75235 salvationarmynorth texas.org Denison Forum, 17304 Preston Road Ste. 1060, Dallas, Texas 75252-5618 denisonforum.org



Published by Dallas Morning News from Sep. 15 to Sep. 17, 2021.
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Michal, I was heart-broken when I read the Obit about Loyd. I still fondly remember way back when you first started dating Loyd. You were jogging the roof of your office building, I think, and Loyd was there waiting for you at one of your turns, wearing a Prince Valient wig with 1 dozen roses (or cookies?-my brain is really old) to give to you. He also handed out slips of paper on the sidewalk in front of your office building that he was in love with you. Such a sweet romantic! The faith in God that you both share was strong then and I know is now, and forever. May light perpetual shine upon Loyd, and may God strengthen and comfort you and your family in this time of sadness. Much Love, Mabel and Dennis
Mabel Peck (and Dennis)
Friend
September 23, 2021
There were fond memories my late husband and I shared with Lloyd at DU and the SAE fraternity. I will always remember the twinkle in his eyes and a mischievous smile. I know he and Porter are together in heaven and waiting for us all to enter the gates of heaven and be together for eternity.
Marsha Gifford (Mrs Porter W Gifford)
Friend
September 19, 2021
My deepest sympathies and prayers for your family. (Cousin of Vicki and Terry Cahill)
Carla Hale
September 17, 2021
David Little
September 17, 2021
Lloyd and I use to have the best visits when he was greeting in the Commons I will miss him terribly Our love and prayers are with your precious family He will be remembered in such a great way for the incredible man that he was :)
Peggy & Dick Zadina
Friend
September 17, 2021
Michal, I just learned this evening of Loyd passing this life. We are in Aspen and unable to make it to Texas for the service.... But know you and your entire beautiful family is in my heart and in my prayers for peace at this very difficult time.
Paul Tripplehorn
Friend
September 16, 2021
What a loss this is! Loyd will surely be missed. You and the children are in our prayers, Michal.
Claudia and Dennis McClain
Friend
September 16, 2021
Our son James Titus flew for Mr. Powell a few years ago. James always spoke very highly of he and his extended family. I'm glad James got to see him a few weeks ago. Rosemary and I wish to add our sorrow to his family. Mr. Powell spoke with such gratitude he moved folks he never met. God be with you!!
Lynn & Rosemary Titus
Other
September 16, 2021
Dear Powell Family, My heart goes out to all of you with the passing of your dad, friend, mentor,and husband. Michal, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sending you all huge hugs that I hope you can feel, whether it be from all the VandeMotters, or all the people that your dad and husband blessed, and enriched our lives just by knowing him. I was looking for the picture of Caleb, Michal, Loyd, Peter, Mom and Dad, out at the ranch in Wyoming. (My Dad will show him where to fish up there in Heaven, since he couldn't do it at the ranch) Yes, he is gone and leaving a void in our hearts, but he is free of that dreadful disease. We will hold our memories of him in our hearts and minds forever. Sending prayers for strength and courage to get through everything ahead of you. Love to you all, Kathy VandeMotter Carney
Kathy Carney (VandeMotter)
Friend
September 16, 2021
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