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Services held for John Powell

News Desk | 12/12/2013, 9:47 a.m.
John Powell

Services were held for John Powell on Sunday, December 8 . 2013 at Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home on Cedar Ave. Powell die on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Cleveland Clinic.

John Powell affectionately known to his family and friends as “Popcorn”, was one of three children born to the union of the late John and Lucille Powell on June 10, 1939 in Birmingham, Alabama.

John attended Cleveland Public Schools and retired from the City of Cleveland, Department of Health after 30 years service.

Stanley Miller presided at the services and delivered the eulogy. He also offered prayer and read the scripture. Soloist was Lucretia Bolden, who sang "Never Would Have Made It" and "Pass Me Not".

Judge Lillian Greene (Ret). read the acknowledgements and resolutions from The White House, U.S Representative Marcia L. Fudge, Mayor Frank Jackson, State Senator Nina Turner, State Representative Sandra Williams, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Rev Jawanza Karriem Colvin, pastor /AFSCME and Cleveland City Employees Local 100. Councilman T.J. Dowell gave personal remarks and read portions of the resolution from Cleveland City Council. Also giving reflections was Councilman Jeff Johnson. Family members sharing cherished memories were a brother, Eddie Powell and a daughter Tyra Hollaman Jones.

Robin LaMothe read the obituary.

John loved to play pool and was an avid chess and bid whist player. One of the highlights of his life was when he accompanied his wife, Lynnie, to The White House to visit President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lynnie Gertrude Powell; his brother Eddie Powell (Lorraine); four children, DeOtis Hollaman, (Monique); Anthony Hollaman; Lynnette Hollaman and Tyra Hollaman Jones; one brother-in-law, Alfred Demmings (Los Angeles California); sister-in-law, Ida Mae Demmings (Cleveland, Ohio). In addition, John leaves to cherish his memory, 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three nieces; five nephews; three great nieces; three great nephews and a host of relatives and friends, from all walks of life.

A sister Eloise Wright and his son John Melton preceded him in death.