Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel

6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, TX


Jerry Vernon Powell

October 9, 1928June 22, 2020
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Jerry Vernon Powell, age 91, was born on October 9, 1928, in Bon Weir, Texas, and passed away on June 22, 2020, in Dallas, Texas. Upon the death of his mother, when he was 2, he was nurtured through life by his maternal grandparents, Charlie Levias, Sr. (Ella), special uncle and wife, Charlie Levias, Jr. (Leura) and special aunt and husband, Doretha (Miller, Sr) Farr. He graduated from Biloxi High School, Class of 1947 and attended Business College. Through the years, he served in the US Army, worked for Wyatt Industries and the United States Postal Service. Jerry Vernon Powell was baptized at Greater Law Memorial COGIC in Houston, Texas in the early ’60s, where he served as a faithful member and deacon until his relocation to the Fort Worth area in 2009. In Fort Worth, he joined First Saint John Cathedral under Pastor Bishop Kenneth B. Spears. Jerry loved the Greater Law Memorial Church where he was instrumental in heading a campaign to burn the mortgage, a pew drive, creating a library with a scholarship fund for graduating students, singing in the male chorus, serving on the usher board, and working in the finance office. He was a member of the American Legion for over 30 years. He even played on the basketball team. Jerry loved sports, especially basketball and football. He loved to laugh and enjoyed watching comedies.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Norene Gosey Powell; his faithful "only" daughter, Katrina and his "one and only" son-in-law, Darrell Druery of Keller, TX, granddaughters, JeRae' Druery, Darriana Druery, and Lauren Foreman; brothers, L.J. (Marjorie) Powell of Fresno, CA and A.V. (Shirley) Powell of Eureka, CA. Although he had only one daughter, he served as escort and father figure for three other brides, Shirley Parker (Charles), Shirley Roberts (Jesse), god-daughter, Yolanda Bryant (Bishop Prince E., Sr.). Jerry and Norene have shared their love and care with many children and adults who will remember him fondly. He was affectionately known as “Mutt”, “Uncle Mutt” and “Papa Powell” by family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Odessa (Levias) Powell, his maternal grandparents, Charlie Levias, Sr. (Ella); special uncle and wife, Charlie Levias, Jr. (Leura) and special aunt and husband Doretha (Miller, Sr) Farr.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m (CT) at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be open to the public and live-streamed during this time.

Mr. Powell's Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (CT). Due to current health restrictions, in-person accommodations will be limited. The family asks that all attendees please wear a mask.

You are welcomed and encouraged to view the service at Shannon Rufe Snow Facebook Live Stream. If you would like to share your thoughts, stories of Mr. Powell, and any condolences with the family, you can share a memory at 'Below' - All of which will be compiled into a "Life Remembered" Book which will be presented to the family after the services.


  • Norene (Gosey) Powell, Wife
  • Katrina Druery, Daughter
  • Darrell Druery, Son-in-law
  • JeRae' Druery, Granddaughter
  • Darriana Druery, Granddaughter
  • Lauren Foreman, Granddaughter
  • L.J. Powell (Marjorie), Brother
  • A.V. Powell (Shirley), Brother
  • Harvery Powell, Father (deceased)
  • Odessa Levias Powell, Mother (deceased)
  • Charlie Levias, Sr., Grandfather (deceased)
  • Ella Levias, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Charlie Levias, Jr., Uncle (deceased)
  • Leura Levias, Aunt (deceased)
  • Doretha Farr, Aunt (deceased)
  • Miller Farr, Sr., Uncle (deceased)

  • L. J. Powell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • A. V. Powell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • O. C. Jenkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • G. W. Levias, Honorary Pallbearer
  • D. C. Gosey, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerry Levias, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Miller Farr, Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rev. Douglas Sweet, Honorary Pallbearer
  • George Wilson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • William Finley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Walter Lee, Sr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Howard Guillory, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Darrell Druery, Active Pallbearer
  • W. T. Gilbert, Active Pallbearer
  • James Lee, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Aldrich Davis, Active Pallbearer
  • Rev. Terrance Greer, Active Pallbearer
  • James Byerly, Active Pallbearer
  • Mason Byerly, Active Pallbearer
  • Lester Walker, Active Pallbearer
  • Natherral Washington, Active Pallbearer
  • Claude Barnes, Active Pallbearer



Jerry Vernon Powell

have a memory or condolence to add?

Helen J. Stith

July 2, 2020

With Our Deepest Sympathy
This message brings our heartfelt sympathy for the sorrow you feel.

With Love,
Helen J. Stith, JD, and Family
(The funeral service and beautiful scenery was memory boosting and mood lifting for me.)


July 2, 2020

As I approach this present day, I know many aren't bless to have a father in their lives. I was bless to have two and Jerry was one. He provided much needed guidance and wisdom throughout my upbringing. Through his spirit and divine love, I know he will continue to do just that, from a pedestal parallel with GOD, which I will draw strength to carrying on through these current trials and tribulations. I've never forgotten the things you did for me and us. I LOVE YOU!


Stephen White

July 1, 2020

Both Jerry and his wife were kind and friendly people when they came to my medical clinic. I am saddened by the loss of Jerry. What a connection the two had. He is to be remembered as a great man and husband.

Jacqueline Houston

July 1, 2020

Driving up in blue el Camino truck, pulling into driveway, always looking sharp, clean, and stepping smoothly. Thanks for the memory. - Jacqueline Houston

Jennifer Davis

July 1, 2020

A time ago, a wise man told a young girl who was crying seeing her boyfriend drive away, "You will see him again.". The wise man was Mr. Jerry Powell, the young girl was me. I thank God for Mr. Jerry Powell.

Love always family,
Jennifer Davis

Tahieta Gosey-Bailey

July 1, 2020

To my dearest family! Aunt Juba and Uncle Mutt have been a staple in our family since before we were born. Uncle Mutt was the most clever and funny man God ever created. Smart and kind! He will be missed by all! I am praying!

Gladys Chatmon

July 1, 2020

Uncle Mutt always greeted me with a smile. I remember visits with him that were clearly filled with sport conversations. The memory that I will cherish most is his love for his family which included not only those near but far away as well. Uncle Mutt is already missed. May you find comfort each day knowing that Uncle Mutt will not be forgotten. Our heart memories can be captured whenever we need. May God's love continue to surround you at this time and forever.

Donna Romain

June 30, 2020

Sister Powell, Katrina and family, "Please know that you have my deepest sympathy on the loss your wonderful husband, “Cousin Jerry”. I know that there is little I can say to console you but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time."
“A Thankful and Grateful Heart”
Love always,
Donna L. Tillman~Romain

Gladys (Pank) Kellum Ferguson

June 30, 2020

My deepest sympathies are with you, Katrina and the rest of the family! In this time of grieving I am praying for you all! Love you and take care!
Gladys Kellum Ferguson and Family

Vera (Faye) Kellum Moore

June 30, 2020

Mrs. Powell
As days continue to pass, please know that cherished memories of Mr. Jerry will always bring you moments of comfort and lasting peace in your heart and mind. May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone because you are surrounded by family and friends who care and love you so very much. Please know I am only a phone call away. May time help you heal and bring you peace.
Vera (Faye) Kellum Moore and Family