Tommy Brooks Powell
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Tommy Brooks Powell

Shreveport - SHREVEPORT- Funeral services celebrating the life of Tommy Brooks Powell, will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 12 PM at Broadmoor Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Tuesday morning from 10 to 11:45 AM in the church main sanctuary. Interment will take place at Forest Park West Cemetery following the service. Tom Harrison, minister at Broadmoor Baptist Church, will be officiating the service.

Tommy went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 21, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born on November 19, 1936 in Haynesville, Louisiana. He was the son of Brooksie and Inez Powell. Tommy graduated from Vivian High School and attended Louisiana Tech where he received his undergraduate degree in education. He later received his masters and plus 30 in education from Northwestern State University. Tommy was a longtime member of Broadmoor Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. He also served his country as a member of the Louisiana National Guard Reserves. Tommy married Beth Sanders in 1960 at First Baptist Church in Vivian, Louisiana. Tommy and Beth moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where they raised their three children.

During high school, Tommy ran track. He was selected to run in the state Meet of Champions. After graduating, he entered Louisiana Tech on a full track scholarship. Coach Mize, head track coach, offered Tommy this scholarship while he was working in Oil City for CitiService digging ditches. He was a middle-distance runner and a 4-year letterman in this division of athletics. In 1960, Tommy began his career in the Caddo Parish School System teaching math and coaching football, basketball, and track at Oak Terrace Junior High. At Oak Terrace, it was his pleasure to help start athletes like Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson, and others in their careers.

In 1967, Tommy moved to Captain Shreve High School to join the first faculty and coaching staff. He was honored to be chosen by Stanley Powell, Principal, and Lee Hedges, Head Football Coach. During his 27 years at Captain Shreve, Tommy taught math and coached football and track. He was fortunate to have had many winning seasons and to have been apart of the 1973 Louisiana State Championship football team. Go Gators! In 1980, he was selected by Sandra McCalla to serve as assistant principal and in 1988 he was appointed Principal of Captain Shreve and served that position until 1994. During his time as Principal, the Engineering and Liberal Arts Magnet School was approved. Tommy was proud to have been inducted into the Captain Shreve Circle of Honor. After retiring from Caddo Parish, he continued his love of teaching at First Baptist Church School and later served as Chancellor.

Known to his family as 'Pop', Tommy loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved woodworking and fixing things for others. Tommy took care of his wife, Beth, until her death two months ago. They were soulmates and their love story continues on now in Heaven.

Tommy is proceeded in death by his parents, and his wife of 61 years, Beth Sanders Powell. He is survived by his son John Edwin Powell and wife Joanna, his daughters Amy Powell Huddleston and husband Jerry, and Jennifer Powell McCrary and husband Chris; his grandchildren Brooks Powell, Claire Powell, Lauren Huddleston Grayson and husband Colin, Emily Huddleston, Sarah Huddleston, Jack McCrary, Todd McCrary, and Abby McCrary; his great-grandson Jake Grayson; his brother Bill Powell and wife Freda; his brother-in-law Jim Sanders and wife Dicksey; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to LaKesha Simpson, Linda Pennywell, Carolyn Martin, and Loraine Butler. The family requests that memorials be made to Captain Shreve High School in memory of Mr. Tommy Powell, former Principal, 6115 East Kings Hwy, Shreveport, LA, 71105.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing."

2 Timothy 4:7-8





Published by Shreveport Times from Jul. 24 to Jul. 27, 2021.
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Broadmoor Baptist Church
4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA
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Broadmoor Baptist Church
4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA
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Mr. Powell was Principal at Captain Shreve when I attended in the 80s and 90s. He was a good man who encouraged and supported all of his students. He will be missed.
Kevin C. Speed
School
August 25, 2021
Coach Powell was my Track coach at Shreve during my Senior Year, 1967-68. He was my Business Math teacher, also. I saw him 50 years later at the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Class. I am saddened at his passing.
Stephen R. Smith
School
July 27, 2021
Bill, My sympathies in your loss of a great brother and man. I had planned to attend the funeral but the church isn´t requiring masks and I am too old to take many risks these days. I have thought many times of when we hitchhiked from Natchitoches to Shreveport after a track meet. I hope that otherwise all is well with you. Frank Bright 865-0997
Frank Bright
Friend
July 26, 2021
He was a real prince! Always kind and caring for others.
Betty Wheeler
Friend
July 26, 2021
Coach Powell was a wonderful friend to all the Gators. My husband David Duncan graduated in 1971 and played football for Coach Tommy. He always told great stories about Coach Powell. He taught him many valuable lessons on becoming a man. He always said he learned so much from him. I graduated in 72. David saved a place for him in heaven. I´m sure they´re going over all the great plays together. He will be missed. I am in Baton Rouge for the National Baseball tournament but will have your family in our prayers. Geaux Gators.
Debbie Duncan
Friend
July 26, 2021
One time at football practice in 1982 or so, I was standing off to the side with Coach Powell. I was complaining about a math teacher or something. He looked me in the eye and said, "Young, get with the program." A good man right there.
Mark Young
July 25, 2021
Coach Powell was a large part of my life and so many others. He taught me a lot more than just football; he set an example of how to live and treat others. He was a great man and I will never forget him. I will be in Florida on business on Tuesday but know that my heart will be with him; his family and all those Gators that he touched so greatly. Thanks Coach!
Mark Duncan
July 25, 2021
I started at Shreve in `94 as a freshman. He is the only principal I remember that had a positive impact on most of the students. Always smiling. That´s what I really remember, he always had a smile to give...especially when a student wasn´t. That was infectious.
Mary Whatley
Other
July 25, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Coach Powell´s passing. We lived across the street from him in the 80s. He was a great coach, encourager and friend to me. I got to visit with him back in December and had a good time reminiscing about the good old days at Oak Terrace, Ridgewood and Pomeroy St. He was a wonderful Christian man who loved his Lord and lived his life in exemplary fashion. He stood by me during a very difficult time when many church friends did not. I love you Coach and I thank God for you every day.
Dr. Johnny Hollier
Friend
July 25, 2021
I often had great chats with Coach P on the track. Always there with guidance and input for me. Reflecting back he was a very kind soul. Rest In Peace Coach. Thank you for your leadership.
Rose Huddleston
School
July 25, 2021
Rose Kondrat Huddleston
July 25, 2021
Sad to see this. He coached both myself (2002) and my father (1974) in football at Captain Shreve. A patient, decent man. My father admired him and nothing but good things to say about him. Please accept my condolences.
Phillip Summers
July 24, 2021
What a wonderful and sweet Christian man. He touched a lot of lives for the better! Praying for family and friends.
Janet Jimes Rives
July 24, 2021
Please except my condolences and prayers. I'm a member of c/o 85 Captain Shreve. Coach Powell always operated with integrity and was always respected and appreciated by me. Rest well coach.
Manuel Law
School
July 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Powell family, may coach Rest In Peace. Gators C/O 1988
Daniel Wallace
July 24, 2021
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