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“Kay, I loved to hear your stories about your Mamma. Although I never met her in person, she will always be alive in my memory, as I know she will...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Monica Giles - GA

“Dear Kay,Mary Frank and Martha: I will be going thru Valdosta soon and was looking forward to see Mama like I have seen her before, I am very sorry...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Henry Costa - miami, FL

“Kay, we were sorry to here that you had lost your mother. We offer our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers. Glenda and Robert ”
3 of 30 | Posted by: Robert & Glenda Caum - Marietta, GA

“I only knew Ms. Powell the few days that she roomed with my mother at Heritage House but she was a very sweet and lovely lady. My thoughts and...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Diane Aultman - Lake Park, GA

“Mary, My heart goes out to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Linda Doherty - Valdosta, GA

“DEAR MARY FRANK, I WAS SO SHOCKED TO HEAR OF YOUR MOTHER'S DEATH. I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT UNTIL MARY TOLD ME THAT IT WAS IN THE PAPER. I AM SO SORRY...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: barbara george pollock - valdosta, GA

“KAY: Want you to know my thoughts are with you. I love you and am here for you any time, any place. Please call or write/text/email me...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Ponch - Johns Creek, GA

“Kay - I just learned of your loss. We are sorry we are not in Valdosta to be with you at this time. You are in our prayers ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Roger Davis - Alpharetta, GA

“Our prayers are with you at your loss. ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Tom and Kay Coppedge - Jefferson, GA

“To all of Mrs. Powell's family, we send our deepest sympathy. Cherish the fond memories of this great lady. It was truly an honor to meet her at...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Jim & Vicki Erickson - Platte, SD

“Dear Kay, Avoice from the past.I am so sorry to read about your loss. I remember your mother from college and cast parties that she had for the...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: jerry &sandra dickson - demorest, GA

“Kay,I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Patricia Newman - Atlanta, GA

“This is to her daughters: I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.Powell through my job as a personal assistant and caregiver while working for At Home...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: JoAnne Franklin - Savannah, GA

“Martha, My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of grief.Paramedic Dena D Garvin ”
14 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“Kay, Chuck and I are so sorry for your loss. But she raised some wonderful children and I know she was proud of you and your sisters. May all the...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Sandy and Chuck Eckstein - GA

“Thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: Sue Henderson - Valdosta, GA

“Mary Frank, Kay and Martha, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Kay the obit was beautiful just like your Mother. What wonderful memories I have of...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Dianne Walker - Tyler, TX

“See you all soon!! Love, Lauren ”
18 of 30 | Posted by: Lauren Prince - SSI, GA

“Kay, I am so sorry to hear you've lost your mother. I know you will miss her every day. Rhonda ”
19 of 30 | Posted by: Rhonda Cook - Atlanta

“She was a wonderful family friend and a lovely person. she will be greatly missed. Our special words of sympathy go out to her family.Pat and Bill...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Pat and Bill Raines - madison, FL

“Kay, So saddened to hear of your mother's passing. But what a life! I hope you enjoy every sweet memory you have of her in the days to come, and know...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Meridith Goldman - Decatur, GA

“I can attest to the caring and independent nature of her daughter and my mentor, Kay Powell. She was my first editor and taught me the intricacies of...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Rachel Ramos - Atlanta, GA

“I was saddened to read of Mrs. Powell's passing. She was truely a great lady. My sympathies to all of the family. Bill ”
23 of 30 | Posted by: Bill England - Hahira, GA

“Dear Kay, We have just gotten back from my mother-in-law's funeral in Northern Kentucky. It is never easy to let go of anyone, but those of our...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Gale Thomas Eger - Valdosta, GA

“We send our love, thoughts, and prayers across the miles to you. The beautiful tribute says it all - a good woman and a good life. Wonderful memories...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Mull - Athens, GA

“Kay, Martha and Mary Frank, If we had been able to hand-pick a neighbor, it would have been Juanita. She and Frank made us feel so welcome when we...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Sylvia Warrick - Valdosta, GA

“Our sincere condolences for your loss. Your are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Raymond Sutton & Family - GA

“Martha, Mary Frank & Kay: I was sorry to hear about your mother. I have fond memories of her and your whole family growing up in our same...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Carole S. Ausum - Valdosta, GA

“Martha, My condolences to you and your family are sent your way. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. May God...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Angela Cook - Naylor, GA

“Martha, I am so sorry for your lose. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Judy...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: judy pate - enigma, GA


Juanita Tomlinson Powell, 94, of Valdosta--a good woman who led a good life--died at Langdale Hospice House Saturday, September 5, 2009. She was married for 54 years to the late Franklin Benjamin Powell Jr. and for 65 years lived in the same house on East Park Avenue where they reared four daughters. They were committed to ensuring that their daughters were well-educated, well-mannered, responsible, caring and independent. Mrs. Powell was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Alamo to Joseph Patrick and Abbie Hill Tomlinson. She was the oldest living descendant of Enoch and Jemima GiddensTomlinson of Clinch County. Reared in Adel, Mrs. Powell moved to Valdosta as a teenager and worked for Judge Harley Langdale before joining Roberts Insurance Agency, which became Blanton & Cross Insurance Agency. She was secretary-treasurer of Blanton and Cross and was unquestionably acknowledged as the person who knew more about insurance than anyone else in Valdosta. She retired in her early 70s and became a member of the South Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary where she volunteered well into her 80s. She had the time in retirement to enjoy membership in the Literary Guild and Lowndes County Historical Society. Mrs. Powell was a founding member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church where she held several leadership positions. She was a longtime member of the Elks Aidmore Auxiliary of Valdosta Elks Lodge #728 where Mr. Powell was a Past Exalted Ruler and she was a Bingo night regular. She was constant in attending Valdosta High School Wildcat football games, never passed up a good game of poker and taught many a child how to win at the game. She was godmother to Johnathan Sellars of Brunswick and Lauren Sellars Prince of St. Simons Island. Though she traveled throughout Europe and North America, Mrs. Powell took the greatest delight in sharing her home in Valdosta and house at Cherry Lake with family and friends, her children and their friends, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends' children and their grandchildren and sometimes even strangers. In fact, after she was widowed, there were 13 toothbrushes in her bathroom, all kept there by people who regularly enjoyed her company. She evolved into a great cook who turned out a dinner every Sunday then--determined by how much she had cooked--invited whomever she ran in to to join the family table after church where lively, sometimes six-way conversations ensued. Though a frugal woman, Mrs. Powell was generous with her hospitality and private acts of charity, compassion and friendship. She held to traditional values but was progressive socially and politically. She accepted with grace whatever circumstances befell her and adapted to life changes. Her oldest daughter, Juanita Ann Powell, 49, died of breast cancer in 1991, and Mr. Powell died in 1993. Survivors include three daughters, Kay Powell of Smyrna, Martha Coppage of Valdosta and Mary Frank Wingate of Quitman and Mrs. Powell's beloved son-in-law, Joe Wingate; a sister, Carolyn Harris of Adel; two grandsons and their wives, Joseph Lyle Coppage and Kelli Coppage of Telluride, CO, and Benjamin Powell Wingate and Holly Wingate of Quitman; and three great-grandchildren, Holden Coppage of Telluride and Mary Anne Wingate and Monroe Wingate of Quitman. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Langdale Hospice House, 2251 Pineview Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanefuneralservices.com

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