William Shelby Powers Jr.

June 5, 1935March 2, 2018
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March 2, 2018 brought to a close 82 years of a life well lived for William Shelby “Bill” Powers, Jr. He was born on June 5, 1935 in Justin, Texas to William Shelby Powers, Sr. and Irma Lorraine Adams Powers. Following his graduation from Northwest High School, Bill spent time serving his country in the United States Navy. Upon his return from service, he wed his beautiful bride, Teresa Jane Pittman on November 10, 1956. In December of 1961, Bill took a job with Justin Boot Company and began a career he was truly passionate about. He truly embodied dedication, both to his work and to his family, and retired after a highly successful 40-year career. When he wasn’t traveling the country as a salesman, he could often be found on family trips with Jane and their four wonderful children, or in the backyard swimming pool with them. He enjoyed his time on the golf course with his buddies, playing pool, having a 5 o’clock cocktail of Chivas and water, and being out in his shop working on the latest creation. He was skilled in woodworking and welding, often making gifts for his loved ones. His cherished, intricate treasures include: cutting boards, toy boxes for the grandkids, cribbage boards, art, treehouses, swing sets and trains; just to name a few! After his retirement, he truly valued his family time and a favorite past time was playing cards; hearts, cribbage and gin were his games of choice. He enjoyed cooking breakfast and was famous for his waffles, “Poppycakes” and mcmuffins. He was a man steeped in tradition, every day at 3:30, he could be found watching Jeopardy and Sundays were for football. Bill was beloved by his family and friends. Words cannot express the impact that he had on those who had the fortune of crossing paths with him. Bill is survived by his wife, Jane, daughter, Malyn Powers, son, William Shelby Powers, III and his wife Debbie, daughter, Laura Ann Powers and son, Patrick Adam Powers. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Powers, Cara Ann Powers, Brittany Massengale, Adam Shelby Powers and his wife Alexa, William Shelby Powers, IV, Westlee Powers, and Kallie Jane Powers. He will be deeply missed by his family and his many dear friends. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Oak Tree Country Club. A reception will follow. You are invited to leave messages for the family by visiting In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (


  • Jane Powers, Wife
  • Malyn Powers, Daughter
  • William Shelby Powers III and Wife Debbie, Son
  • Laura Ann Powers, Daughter
  • Patrick Adam Powers, Son
  • Nicole Powers, Grandchild
  • Cara Ann Powers, Grandchild
  • Brittany Massengale, Grandchild
  • Adam Shelby Powers and Wife Alexa, Grandchild
  • William Shelby Powers IV, Grandchild
  • Westlee Powers, Grandchild
  • Kallie Jane Powers, Grandchild
  • He will be deeply missed by his family and many dear friends.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

William Shelby Powers Jr.

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Kathy Barnes

September 15, 2018

Jane, I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I remember the parties you had at your house in Westbury and was thrilled when we got an invite! Bill was a gentleman, always had a smile and a good story. God bless you and your family
Steve and Kathy

Lucas Elwell

March 9, 2018

I bet Bill has already played a round with my dad in heaven! I am grateful that Bill and the entire Powers family were there for us when Dad passed away in 2013. He was a great man who had a great life and he will be missed by many... Rest in paradise Bill Powers!

Cliff Powers

March 7, 2018

Aunt Jane and my cousins whom I love ... although I knew this day would come, I was still so sad to hear from Patrick about my Uncle Bill.

I remember telling him once I wanted him to leave me his shop because it was so organized and had every too you could ever imagine! He was definitely a character and one of the most charismatic men I’ve ever known.

Lastly, I’ll always be thankful that he and I wore the same size boot (10 1/2) when I was in high school! He was so nice to give me three pairs of boots, Ostrich Leg, Hippopotamus, and Patchwork. Such a great memory.

Prayers for you and love to you all!!



Rodney Phillips II

March 7, 2018

Bill was such an amazing man. I have so many fond memories of spending time with him and the entire Powers family; playing Gin, having a glass of Crown, eating Poppycakes, hearing his stories and that amazingly organized workshop. And that giant wall map! It's such an honor to have gotten a chance to know Bill and his family and to spend so much time with all of you. My deepest condolences in this saddest time. Bill leaves a great legacy that we all can smile at and memories to cherish forever.

Shad Muth

March 7, 2018

Jane, Nicole and Family,
I send you all my love and strength during this time. It was such a pleasure to know Bill and get to know him more after having y’all open your home for a memorable week at Oaktree during my junior golf days. That was over twenty years ago, and I will still always remember the best steaks, desserts and great conversations with Bill I had over the past years. I will think of him even more each time I slip on my Justin boots! God Bless!

Annette Dickenson

March 7, 2018

Jane and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss, Bill was a great friend. Dad and I were talking about the good old days-Leisure suits, patchwork exotic boots, tent parties during the rodeo and National Finals in OKC. What wonderful memories of good times and long-time friends.
Love and prayers to you all,

JT Dickenson and daughter, Annette

Mandy Sudik

March 6, 2018

Powers family, although it's been many many years since I saw Gammy and Pop, both he and Jane have always held a special part of my heart. Nicole and I spent many years as best friends and her family became mine, especially since my grandparents passed away while I was still young. I have so many memories of hanging out at their house, playing pool upstairs, having Nicole's tea birthday party and playing in the yellow bedroom (at least I think it was!) and admiring the things he could make in his workshop! My deepest sympathy to all in this time of sadness and grief, but what a life he lived and a beautiful family he leaves as his legacy. Lots of love to all! Mandy