Perry W. Powell, Jr., 74, of Monticello, passed away on September 14, 2016 at JRMC in Pine Bluff.
He was born November 19, 1941 in Drew County to the late Perry W. Powell, Sr. and Phyllis Ann Williams Powell.
Mr. Powell accepted Christ at an early age and was a life-long member of First Baptist Church in Monticello, where he attend faithfully until his health failed. He served as the senior choir vice-president and substitute van driver for the church. He was an outstanding bass singer and his favorite song was “Silent Night”.
Mr. Powell graduated from Drew High School in 1959. He had a great work ethic and was employed on several jobs throughout the course of his life. He retired from the City of Monticello. He was well known by almost everyone. To him, no one was a stranger. He had a great sense of humor and received pleasure making others laugh. He became a friend to everyone he met. He enjoyed spending time with his family, eating good food, fishing, reading and singing.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and one brother, Richard Avery.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 34 years, Rita Powell; four daughters, Marilyn (David) Simpson of Taylor, Michigan, Sherry Shepherd, Debra Shepherd, and Jolene Miller all of Monticello; two sons, Jerry (Linda) Shepherd of Monticello and Fredrick (Kenya) Shepherd of Tyler, Texas; one brother, William (Shelia) Powell of Monticello; two nieces, Deidre Powell of Little Rock and Dawn (Adrian) Hinton of Monticello; three nephews Terry Avery, Jerry Avery and Anthony Avery all of Monticello; ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a special long-time friend, Hoarce Junior of Lacey and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery.