OBITUARY

Mayor Toby Taylor Powell

July 3, 1941September 12, 2020
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Conroe Mayor Toby Powell, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday night, September 12, 2020 at the age of 79 with his wife Vanessa by his side. Mayor Powell was born July 3, 1941 to Lewis and Mildred Powell and has been a lifelong resident of Conroe. Mayor Powell attended grades schools and graduated from Conroe High School in 1959. He later attended Sam Houston State University and then started a career as a builder. He was one of the first builders in Conroe and Oak Ridge North. Toby held many positions in Conroe over the years; he served on the City Planning Commission from 1974-76, City Council in 1977 and 1978 and again in 2008-12 and as mayor pro tem from 2010-12. Additionally, Mr. Powell served as a director on the Conroe Industrial Development Corp. since 2008 and served as a director on the Houston Galveston Area Council from 2008 through 2010. He has also served for four years as director and vice chairman of the Lone Star Family Health Clinic and was the founder of the Conroe Christmas Celebration. In 2016, Toby was elected Mayor of Conroe, a job he devoted the rest of his life to. He loved his position and worked to do what was best for the citizens until his dying day. Even when the Mayor was fighting cancer you would find him at all special events and functions he could possibly attend whether it was for fire fighters, police, citizens, employees, etc. He would do his best to attend. Mayor Toby’s love for the citizens was unsurpassed. Mayor Powell fought a good fight and finished his course here on Earth, but he is now well and whole in Heaven. Those of us who know Jesus as Savior will one day reunite with him. We will truly miss our beloved Mayor, husband, father, grandfather, family member and friend. He touched so many lives with his love, his sweet smile and presence. He lit up all of our lives. A special thanks to all the City of Conroe employees who loved and supported him. A special thanks to all of those on the third floor of City Hall and the love for him that they showed every day. He loved praying with you every morning. A special thanks to the loyal and supportive councilmen who worked beside him; Duke Coon, Duane Ham, and Guy Martin. A very special thanks to Duke Coon, Soco Gorjon, and Nancy Mikeska. We could not have made it without your love and support to help us through these difficult times. The Mayor’s family loves you dearly. Toby was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Lewis Powell and Joseph T. Powell. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years Vanessa, daughter Vanette Wood and husband Howard, sons Rodney Powell and wife Gayla, Eric Powell and wife Ashley, grandchildren Avery Wood, Audra Wood, Abigail Wood, Chris Dilworth, Ryan Londeen, Reagan Powell, Bowen Powell, Madison Wedgeworth, Abigail Wedgeworth, and Landon Wedgeworth, sister-in-laws Sue Price and husband Jerry, and P.J. Price and husband Don. A formal funeral procession will take place on Friday, September 18, 2020 staring at 10:00 a.m. and can be viewed from Downtown Conroe, around Conroe City Hall. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Garden Park Cemetery on Friday, September 18th. Pallbearers will be Eric Powell, Rodney Powell, Howard Wood, Chris Dilworth, Ryan Londeen, and Bowen Powell.

The public is invited to participate in the formal procession for Mayor Powell as witnesses only. Please visit the link below to view the route the procession will take. https://www.cityofconroe.org/Home/Components/News/News/1509/17?backlist=%2f

In lieu of normal remembrances please make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Vanessa Powell, Loving wife of 24 years
  • Vanette Wood and husband Howard, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Rodney Powell and wife Gayla, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Eric Powell and wife Ashley, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Avery Wood, Grandchild
  • Audra Wood, Grandchild
  • Abigail Wood, Grandchild
  • Chris Dilworth, Grandchild
  • Ryan Londeen, Grandchild
  • Reagan Powell, Grandchild
  • Bowen Powell, Grandchild
  • Madison Wedgeworth, Grandchild
  • Abigail Wedgeworth, Grandchild
  • Landon Wedgewroth, Grandchild
  • Sue Price and husband Jerry, Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law
  • P.J. Price and husband Don, Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law
  • Lewis and Mildred Powell, Parents (deceased)
  • Lewis Powell, Brother (deceased)
  • Joseph T. Powell, Brother (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Eric Powell
  • Rodney Powell
  • Howard Wood
  • Chris Dilworth
  • Ryan Londeen
  • Bowen Powell

Services

  • Formal Procession

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

Memories

Mayor Toby Taylor Powell

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Nancy Mikeska

September 20, 2020

Mayor Powell was more than my Mayor. I attended more events, speeches, activities, and proclamations with Mayor Toby than anyone. When you are with someone that much you get to know the true person. I watched him show honest love and caring for each person or group he touched. His daily actions demonstrated the fighter he was wrapped in his humble nature. Mayor Powell was more than my Mayor, he was my friend. I pray I remember what he taught me. God Bless Vanessa and the Powell Family.
Love and Prayers for all. 💗
Nancy Mikeska

Kim and joe Weaster

September 18, 2020

So sorry to hear this news. I will always remember the good times we had when I was younger. So glad he left such a wonderful family and friends. I know he will be remembered for the commitment he made to his community and the love he shared with his family. He left an impression on me that I will carry with me forever.

Carolyn daniels

September 16, 2020

My family and I went to church with Toby and Vanessa Powell for about 7 years, with Vanessa father and our preacher. He was a God fearing man. I knew I was cousin to Toby and would get to talk to him about our family tree at times..
Our prayers go out to Vanessa and the family
Carolyn Hobbs Daniels
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Robin Herring

September 15, 2020

Vanessa, family and friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Toby was a servant of God and he servered Conroe. A very loving and kind man, who cared about Conroe and its citizens. He took time to listen .
Thank you, Toby. RIP
Robin Herring

Laura Campagna

September 14, 2020

Vanessa and family, so sorry for your loss. May Toby Rest in Peace.

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