Mattie Lanell Powell

March 9, 1927May 21, 2013


Mattie Lanell “Nell” May Powell, 86, of Pensacola passed away peacefully at Gulf Breeze Baptist Hospital on May 21, 2013. Nell was born March 9th, 1927 in Opelika, AL, lived in Montgomery during the Great Depression where she watched her cousin Hank Williams, Sr., perform. She relocated with her family to Pensacola in the early 1940’s where she was a cheerleader at Blount High School. Nell was a Charter Member of the East Brent Baptist Church and traced her ancestors from Eastern Shore Virginia in the 17th Century, North Carolina in the 18th Century and South Carolina in the 19th Century until they relocated to Deer Stand (Troy), Alabama during the War of 1812. Nell worked as a bookkeeper and retired as a manager of Goodwill Industries in 1997. She loved to bowl, dance, sew, garden and cook. She was generous with her friends, family and coworkers. Nell is preceded in death by her husband, John Q. Powell; parents, Catherine Wood and James May; and two brothers, Jim and Harold May. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (James) Furner of Milton, FL; grandson, Christopher Furner of Hollywood, CA; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Jensen of Sunrise, FL and Steffani Brewton of Miami, FL; two great granddaughters, Morgan Boyles of Henderson, TN and Sophie Van Tassel of Concord, NC. Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association. BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered at


  • Graveside Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mattie Lanell Powell

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Wanda Roberts

June 4, 2013

What a precious lady....that I was so priviledged to know!! Such a loving/caring family.....praying for you as you adjust to her absence from your home, but prescence with the Lord!!

Jamila Capp

May 29, 2013

Sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my prayers.

Bianca Staples

May 29, 2013

May God be with you and your family through this troubling time!


May 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Louise Taylor

May 29, 2013

Dear Jennifer,

My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear grandmother. She sounds like a great and remarkable woman, and her fine qualities have been passed on to her grandchildren! How wonderful that you had her in your life for so long. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sa'Monn McNeal

May 29, 2013

My deepest condolences to the Powell Family. My God be with you and your family in your time of grief. I will keep all of you lifted in my prayers. Many blessings! Sa'Monn@SWR Library

Jasmine Anderson

May 29, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I know and understand how you feel if you ever need anyone to talk to im here. Love you lots.

Arlene Allen

May 29, 2013

From all that I have heard, you were an amazing and beloved woman. I know you will be missed here on earth by your family.

Jennifer Jensen

May 27, 2013

Dear Grandmother
I am so thankful that I made it home once more to hear your voice, hold your hand, to see your beautiful blue eyes, and hear you tell me you loved me. I was shocked that you passed because you seemed to be getting better when I came up the first time the week before you left us. Jeremy misses you too and he was happy you remembered him. I remember how you sent me care packages when I went to school in Idaho- you knew I loved Oreos and you sent me box after box-I didn't have the heart to tell you that I was sick of them because you were so thoughtful each time. Also, you saved and saved for each of your Grandchildren to give us graduation money. You were a hard worker and always was thinking of ways to help out people. You endured so much in your 86 years; and I know that we can not go back and change the past but in the last ten years I got to love a softer, gentler side to you and that is how I will remember you the rest of my life. Thank you for all of your love and support even though at times I may not have deserved it. I know that our Heavely Father has embraced you into his kingdom and you now have eternal peace.

Linda Bishop

May 26, 2013

Dear Brenda, Jim, and family,
It was nice to be able to join you today for the graveside service for that sweet mother of Brenda's. She was a great lady with a wonderful smile and always seemed to be cheerful and kind. I enjoyed knowing her and was blessed to be a part of her service. My love to you all!