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A Soldier in the Army of the Lord
A True Warrior and Man of Great Faith, Deacon Bennie Lee Powell entered this Battlefield on August 17, 1942, to the late Ms. Allie B. Crockett in McDonough, Georgia. He attended Henry County Training School until he was compelled to leave school to work & help provide for his family. Later, he began driving tractor trailers and eventually he worked in his trade as a plumber for 42 years until he retired.
He who finds a wife, finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). On April 6, 1964, Deacon Powell married the love of his life, Linda L. Terrell.
To this union, ten children were born and numerous others were fostered. Their union was a true example of the scriptures that speak on loving your wife as Christ loves the church. Deacon Powell and his wife shared 58 years of marriage. He loved to spoil her with his love, affection, and numerous gestures. There was nothing that he would not do to make sure she was taken care of daily, and he loved every minute of it!
In addition to his wife and family, Deacon Powell loved United Bible Church in Locust Grove, GA. He was a faithful and devoted member for years and was ordained as a Deacon in 2015 by his Pastor & friend Leonard Ross. Deacon Powell and Pastor Ross had a special bond through their love for Christ and the church. He and Linda even joined Pastor Ross for a birthday celebratory cruise.
God truly blessed the works of Deacon Powell’s hands in Spring of 2021. He led a team to repair the ceiling in the sanctuary of the church. On the final day of repairs, he worked solo to complete the task before Sunday service. Deacon Powell’s dedication was unmatched. Although his health was declining, he worked, built, made repairs, and lead devotion every week until he was hospitalized. One of his favorite songs to lead was “I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord.” His hand-clapping and foot-stomping were unmatched. He would also breakout singing “Try Jesus…He’s all right, I done tried Him & He’s all right.” Even while under doctor’s care, Deacon Powell kept his faith and trust in God and sang songs like “Jesus Won’t Let Me Suffer Too Long.”
On Wednesday morning January 5, 2022, God sent His angels to transport His soldier from his Earthly home to his Heavenly home where there is no more pain or suffering! Well done soldier, now take your rest! I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
Deacon Powell was preceded in death by his mother Allie B. Crockett; three of his sons Kenneth, Tony, and Rico; siblings Beatrice Williams, Arthur Brown, Henry Babbs, Laura Milner & James Henry.
He is survived by his Wife Linda L. Powell; seven children Randy (Connie)Powell, MatthewPowell, NicolePowell, MarkPowell, Terence & Teresa Powell (twins), and Queen Ester Powell; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; 2 siblings William Babb, Jessie Brown, along with a host of other relatives.