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Roger T. Powell, 79, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015, one day before his 80th birthday. The eldest of three children, he was born on May 31, 1935, in Mexia, Texas, to Joseph Rodger and Annie May (Muncy) Powell. Roger grew up in Taft, Texas.



Roger graduated from Taft High School and joined the United States Army in 1953 and honorably served three years of active duty. On August 23, 1958, he married Shirley Kyker, his devoted wife of more than 56 years. They moved to Austin, Texas, where Roger earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) degree from the University of Texas School Of Law.



After college they returned to the Taft area where Roger began his thirty plus year career in banking and raised their three sons, Michael, Ted and Randy. As Roger advanced to executive positions in banking, the family moved to Sherman, Texas and Paris, Texas for short periods. However, Roger was dedicated to his extended family and they returned home to the Taft area. Roger retired from Ameritrust Bank in Corpus Christi, Texas as Senior Executive in 1992.



After retirement, Roger pursed many personal and professional interests. As an active member of the Country Bible Church in Taft, a Mason and a Gideon, he worked tirelessly to improve his community as EDC President and could always be counted on as a friend to those who needed help. He served as the President of the First National Bank of Taft. He taught at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and traveled three times to Beijing, China to perform independent mission work and to teach Business Law, making many treasured memories. He was well known for his green thumb, and loved gardening and growing unusual plant varieties. Roger opened a private law practice and was recognized in 2013 by the State Bar of Texas for fifty plus years of service and Bar Membership. In 2011, Roger was elected Justice of the Peace in Precinct 8 of San Patricio County.



Roger is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sue Powell Hiller. He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Taft; sons, Michael (Marie) of Corpus Christi, Ted (Robin) of Austin and Randy (Amanda) of Harlingen; sister and brother-in-law, Gay and Jimmy Mayo of Taft; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.



A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Taft. Following the service, there will be a private scattering of ashes ceremony in the Gulf of Mexico.



The family would like to thank Adelia Pena, Janie Martinez and the compassionate staff members of Harbor Hospice and Anthem Senior Care Services who enabled us to honor Roger’s wishes to spend his final days at home with his family.



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International or The Country Bible Church.



Condolences may be offered at colonialfuneralhometaft.com.