Ken Powell was born in Como, on July 2, 1938, to Sanford Leroy Powell and Alice Rebecca Hood Powell. He grew up in Philipp and accepted Jesus as his Saviour at an early age. At West Tallahatchie High School, he excelled in football and track and field. He attended the University of Mississippi and was a member of the 1960 National Championship football team.
As a member of the Army National Guard, Ken spent a year's active duty at Fort Polk, La. Over the past 50 years, he was an independent insurance agent and was recognized with awards of achievement and excellence. He enjoyed his hobby of raising trees and other plants for landscaping.
Ken was a member of First Baptist Church in Winona for 43 years, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In recent years, he was active in the church's Sunday morning worship ministry at Winona Manor. He was a member of the Gideons International, serving in the Winona Camp.
On June 16, 2014, Ken left this life for his heavenly home. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Beth Brannon Powell of Winona; a daughter, Ginger Powell Perry (Robert) of Petal; a son, Patrick Powell (Elizabeth) of Ft. Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Robert Moore Perry, Erin Perry, and Everly Kate Powell; a sister, Bonnie Goldman (Rudone) of Winona; two brothers, Sanford Powell (Carolyn) of Senatobia and Allan Powell of Grenada; and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harry Wallis Powell.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at First Baptist Church in Winona, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona. Bro. George Smith, Bro. John L. Walker, Bro. Jerry McNeer, and Dr. Jerry Mixon will officiate the services.
Visitation was Wednesday, June 18, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Lee Powell, George Allan Powell, Chris Powell, Harry Len Powell, Larry Randle, Ben Tharp, and Jayme Key. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Tom Dulin, Ed Hammond, Harry Neal, Aubrey Boone, James Mitchell, Dr. John Perry, Warren Sanders, John Killebrew, deacons of First Baptist Church, and members of the Winona Camp of the Gideons International.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 388, Winona, MS 38967; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona (www.ofhwinona. com) is handling arrangements.