Robert "Bobby" Powell

August 17, 1951January 20, 2015
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Robert W. “Bobby” Powell, 63, passed from this life Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Brandon.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00pm, Friday, January 23, 2015 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services will follow at 7:00pm in the funeral home chapel.

Bobby was born Friday, August 17, 1951, a son of the late Wiley T. Powell and Dessa Hobson Powell. A native of Pearl, Bobby graduated from Pearl High School in 1969. A natural athlete, Bobby played baseball in school for many years. He was considered for Major League recruitment but opted to enlist in the military. Bobby proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Before retirement, he worked for many years as an electrician in the Jackson area. Bobby's favorite times were spent with his family and friends, and he particularly enjoyed Christmas and birthday celebrations. A true animal lover, more than once Bobby brought home stray or abandoned dogs he had found to love and care for. He also had a keen interest in collecting Coca Cola memorabilia.

Bobby had a strong Christian faith and walked with God. He was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. He had been active within several AA groups and supported the church's recovery ministry. He loved to share his faith with those who were struggling with addictions.

As many know, Bobby was a talented and gifted musician, writing and performing many original songs. He also played several instruments, including guitar and piano. His music will remain in the hearts of all who were honored to know and love Bobby.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Julie Magee Powell; son, Robby Powell; daughter, Kerri Raspberry; grandchildren, Mackenzie Powell, Brooklyn Powell, Codi Ray, Robby Powell and Chance Dent; brother, Donnie Powell; and sisters, Sandra Price and Patsy Neese.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at


  • Visitation Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 23, 2015

Robert "Bobby" Powell

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Tina Fahrney-Libbey

March 5, 2015

Julie you don't know me but Bobby and my brother served in Korea together then when they came home did the Florida thing with the music. My dad loved Bobby. They had great fun kidding each other when Bobby came out to visit. Mom loved him too. Bobby and I adopted each other as brother and sister way back then. I got to speak to him last time he called Ward. I happened to be up at the house. I am so shocked. Bobby was a great guy. Again my condolences.

March 3, 2015

Sorry for your loss Julie. I can't believe he's gone. I will miss you Bobby. Love, your brother of 42 years. Ward Crossfield (Blueax).
Ward B. Fahrney, Monrovia, Calif.

January 23, 2015

I love you Bobby, Praying for the Powell / Hobson Families today. Love Angie Cork Family , your cousin .

Jean Rigdon

January 22, 2015

Bobby wore many hats and we loved them all. You and Julie were there for us when we needed you and we will be there for Julie now. Give Anthony a hug for us.

Chris Weems

January 22, 2015

May God comfort you and be your strength. It sounds like you were very blessed to have this godly man by your side.

margaret corcoran

January 22, 2015

We are sad to be left here without you but we know you are with JESUS and you are the lucky one.

Laurie and Steve Stovall

January 22, 2015

Bobby was such an honorable man. Our hearts and prayers go with you Julie.

Bonnie Myers

January 22, 2015

Robert, I hope you to see you In heaven. God Bless

The Staff of Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

January 21, 2015

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.