Richard Powell was born in Stanton, Texas to George Adam Powell and Zelma Emma Powell.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, George Eugene, Powell, and sister, Marie Powell Bailey. He is survived by brothers, Revis Leon Powell, and Calvin Powell; his daughters Melissa and Heather Powell, their mother, Wanda Powell, his wife Louise Powell, his stepchildren,
Laurie Ramos, David Simpson, William Reeves, Eddie Reeves, and Richard Henson.
Throughout his life, Richard held a variety of occupations from working on his father’s dairy farm to minor stents as a police officer, ranch hand, milkman, and land clearing contractor before moving into construction where he spent the bulk of his career working for companies such as Berry, Bay, Kokosing, Williams Brothers and Hunter Industries.
Richard was fortunate to be deeply loved, admired, and respected by so many people; not just because he was tall, dark, and handsome, or had great hair, but because he was always willing to help others, listen, intently, or offer words of advice.
He was never afraid to roll up his sleeves to get things done or at least to make sure things were done “right.” It was not surprising that in his later years, after numerous joint replacement surgeries, rods, pins, and screws inserted in his neck and back from the base of the skull to the tip of his tailbone, Richard would still climb on roofs to inspect roofers as they’re installing a new roof after a hurricane, and insist on rolling a round bale of hay out of a truck, unloading deer corn, and in his final days, rolling his own oxygen, or driving himself to appointments or the store.
Richard‘s relationship with his daughters, Melissa and Heather, was special. Their love is deep and evident. It was not uncommon for him to pull over on the side of the road to cut cattail for his girls when they were young or crawl around under a vehicle to diagnose a problem for them as adults.
His stepchildren also came to look at and love Richard as a second father and mentor.
Nicknamed “Reverend Powell” by some of his employees because of the Bible that he carried in his truck Richard was a man of faith. We believe he is rejoicing in heaven, that he has been reunited with family and friends and that his earthly body has been relieved of pain and suffering. We love you and miss you already!
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Bandera Funeral Chapel.