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James Preston Powell

December 29, 1928 May 2, 2018
James Preston Powell
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Obituary for James Preston Powell

James Preston Powell, 89, of Americus, died Wednesday, May 02, 2018 at his home. A native of Big Springs, TN, he was born December 29, 1928 to the late Frank Preston Powell and Mary Dugger Powell.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 4, 2018 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Americus. Rev. Sam Maves and Rev. Randy Saye will officiate the service. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Preston grew up in a tenant house on the Tennessee River, living the farm life; attended a two room schoolhouse in Cottonport, TN, and Redbank Elementary in Chattanooga. In 1939, his family moved to Sweetwater, TN, and began farming a 1000 acre dairy farm. He attended Sweetwater High School and Tennessee Military Institute; he then spent two years at Vanderbilt University before graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.S. in Agriculture. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1954 as a meat/dairy inspector with his best friend Allan Kise.

After chasing her all over the UT campus, he won the heart of Sheila Rose Cochran of Alcoa, TN, and they were married in 1951. She preceded him in death in 2008. He was blessed to find love again in Mary Faye Thomas Dudley Powell, whom he married in 2011; and she preceded him in death in 2015.

In 1954, he bought a dairy farm in Sweetwater, TN, where he milked 300 cows. In 1968, with his brother, Richard Franklin Powell, and cousin, Fred Edgemon, they purchased the 3800 acre farm in Americus, GA. Later, this became Powell Farms, a 1000+ cow dairy farm with many dear employees. Preston and Richard expanded their operation to include a 23,000 acre ranch in Whitman, NE, as well as a 200 acre feedlot in Brule, NE, and Simplex Nails in Americus.

Preston was well-known for his passion for cows, corn, irrigation pivots, storytelling, his thirst for knowledge, and playing mischievous pranks on family members and friends. He was a Trustee, Deacon, and Elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, a member of the Americus Rotary Club for over 30 years, and a member of the Sons of the Confederacy. From humble beginnings, he went on to travel all over the world, including Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Canada, Germany, Russia, and Alaska.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Powell Carson and her husband Todd of Americus, and her children, Chuck (Megan) Carson, Jessica Carson (Preston) Phillips, and Shelby Elizabeth Carson (Brandan) Bailey; daughter, Teresa Powell Vogt, and her children, Jonathan Luther Trask and Kassandra Rose Vogt; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Rebecca Powell Franklin and Mary Beth Powell Rogers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Harold Dugger Powell and Richard Franklin Powell.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to: Phoebe-Sumter Hospice, P.O. Box 1434, Americus, GA 31709 or to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 6343, Americus, GA 31709.

Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Service

Friday

4

May

11:00 AM 5/4/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

256 Ga Hwy 27 E
Americus, GA 31709

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
256 Ga Hwy 27 E Americus 31709 GA
United States

Visitation

Friday

4

May

12:00 PM 5/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

256 Ga Hwy 27 E
Americus, GA 31709

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
256 Ga Hwy 27 E Americus 31709 GA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Phoebe Sumter Hospice

P.O. Box 1434
Americus, GA 31709

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

256 Ga Hwy 27 E
Americus, GA 31709
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