Oscar J.  Powell, JR

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Oscar J. Powell, JR, age 76 of Smyrna, formerly of Tifton, passed away at his home in the presence of his family Thursday, February 7, 2019. A memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Smyrna. A longtime resident of Tifton, Mr. Powell was a graduate of Valdosta State College with a degree in Biology. He later received his R.N. from Abraham Baldwin College. He had been employed by the state of Georgia for over 30 years as a Community Epidemiologist He then assisted his wife manage the family business Physical Therapy Associates of Tifton for 20 years. Mr. Powell was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the First United Methodist Church of Tifton, where he belonged to the Beacon Sunday School class. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a skilled woodworker, making beautiful mahogany furniture for their home. Preceding him in death was his brother, Paul Lamar Powell. Surviving are his loving wife Joan Archer Powell, daughter Mary Hillary Powell (Terrance Luker) of Italy, son O.J. Powell III,(Sara-Alison Massey) of Atlanta, sister Laurie Lee Jones of Perry, grandchildren Mary Joyce, Thomas Britt, and Paul Oscar Luker, his beloved dog Franklin, and several nieces and nephews. Those who wish may make contributions to Vitas Hospice at http://vitascommunityconnection.org/community-connection/donate or call 888.232.6111. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna is in charge of arrangements. www.carmichaelcares.com 770-435-4467
Published on February 9, 2019
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