OBITUARY

Larry Arden Powell

August 6, 1945February 19, 2021

Larry Arden Powell went home to be with the Lord at the age of 75 on Friday, February 19th, 2021, surrounded by his family after a brief but valiant fight against an aggressive cancer.

Larry lived a daily life of service to others and contributed to many local organizations throughout his life. Most importantly, he was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with and supporting his family. He is survived by his wife, Janey, and they would have celebrated their 50th Anniversary in May. He is also survived by two children, Lesli Whisenant (Todd) of Oviedo, FL and Scott Powell (Leigh Ann) of Atlanta area, GA, five grandchildren, Andrew, Kayla, & Matthew Whisenant and Hannah and Zach Powell, his sister Linda Farmer and brother John Powell. He is predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Marybelle Powell.

Larry was born on August 6, 1945 in Pueblo, Colorado where his father was stationed in the US Air Force. His family moved to Lakeland, FL in 1948 and he graduated from Lakeland High School in 1963. He attended the University of Florida where he lettered as a member of the cross-country team. He returned to Lakeland after graduating in 1967 to work for Polk County schools until he received his draft notice and joined the US Air Force in 1970. In 1975, he and his family moved to Winter Haven and have been there ever since. Larry was a devoted and caring man of faith who lived his Christian values daily. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland while growing up and St. John’s United Methodist Church for the past 45 years. He served in various leadership positions including Lay Leader and Council Chairman. He loved many sports, especially playing and coaching softball as well as golfing.

Helping others and serving his community was a way of life for Larry and he shared his heart and gifts throughout Polk County in his work and volunteer positions. He served as the Executive Director of the Citrus Center Boys Club for 9 years, the Director of Recreation Services and Volunteerism of Florida Southern College for 12 years, and the Alzheimer’s Association as the Senior Program Specialist for 7 years until he retired in 2010. However, he did not slow down in retirement and put much of his energy, time and passion into fulfilling a need he and Janey felt called by God to address in the Eloise community. They co-founded Angels Care Center of Eloise, a free, faith-based medical clinic, in 2011 and Project Love of Eloise, a free, faith-based resource center to provide help with everyday living needs, in 2013. These local ministries have served thousands of patients and clients over the past decade and Larry built a network of medical professionals, volunteers and supporting churches and organizations that will continue his legacy through these ministries.

In addition, Larry served as a board member or officer of many organizations including Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Better Living for Seniors of Polk County, Agency on Aging Advisory Council, Alzheimer’s Association, Polk Senior Games, Winter Haven Optimist Club, Winter Haven Senior Softball and Florida Half Century Softball Association, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful, United Way of Central Florida Executive Directors Council, District Board of Finance and Trustees for the Florida United Methodist Conference, and United Methodist Men. As a result of his passionate and humble service to the community, Larry received a few notable awards including the Inaugural Golden Garland Award for Community Service in 2012, Salt & Pepper Award for Community Service & Philanthropy for the Agency on Aging in 2012, Polk Senior Games Nancye Thornberry Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2019, Induction into the Senior Softball Hall of Fame, and Life Membership in Optimist International. He and Janey were also featured as Everyday Heroes by Bay News 9.

Larry’s caring and servant heart and sincere passion to help others and serve God was seen through his faith, family and daily living. He served people of all ages throughout his life but spent much of his time with young people and education. To honor Larry and continue his legacy, the Larry Powell Memorial Fund has been established in Project Love to provide funding for education and training to those in need, particularly in the Eloise area. In lieu of flowers, you can send tax deductible donations to Project Love with the memo notation of “Larry Powell Memorial Fund” at P.O. Box 2285, Eagle Lake, FL 33839. Larry’s amazing and inspirational life will be celebrated and remembered on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at St. John’s UMC, 1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd in Winter Haven. Visitation will begin at 12:00 in the sanctuary, then Celebration of Life service at 1:00, followed by a reception in the Christian Life Center. The service will also be streamed live at www.stjohnswh.com. For the health and safety of all attendees, please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Compassionate Care Hospice for their kind, exceptional care during his last illness.

2 Timothy 4:7 – He “fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.”

Services

28 February

Memorial Visitation

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

St John's United Methodist Church


Winter Haven, Florida

28 February

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

St John's United Methodist Church


Winter Haven, Florida

28 February

Reception

2:00 pm

St John's United Methodist Church


Winter Haven, Florida 33881

Memories

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Hayley Lockwood

February 24, 2021

I always looked forward to seeing Larry and Janey at Angels Care Center. They always had something positive to say and put a smile on my face. They inspired me to commit my life to to helping God’s people. They are some of the people who encouraged me to become a nurse so I could continue to serve God’s people for many years to come. I am so blessed to have known both of them and am heartbroken to hear of Larry’s passing, but I know he is having the best time with the Lord. Sharing God’s love, loving God’s people. You are both an inspiration to everyone you meet and I hope I can inspire half the propel you both did in your lives. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Larry and Janey.❤️
Hayley Lockwood

Sully Harry (Farinella)

February 23, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Powell was a wonderful man.
Sincerely,
Sully Harry

Deena Wilbur

February 23, 2021

On behalf of the Board, volunteers and competitors of Polk Senior Games, I send our condolences to Janey and the family. Larry was an outstanding supporter, volunteer, board member and competitor and he will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.

Rodolfo A. Ochoa

February 23, 2021

A hard blow for our family of faith in St. John´s UMC, Winter Haven, Eloise and Casa Vida, Wahneta, we were ashocked by the loss of a great servant of God, Larry Powell, who leaves a high standard of dedication and service to the community.
Our condolences to the whole Larry´s family please extend it to his wife Janey Powell, and extend faith family to the St John´s and Eloise Ministries.

Rodolfo Martinez
Pastor Casa Vida United Methodist Mission

Yvonne and Lane Krogulski

February 22, 2021

Larry was a kind and loving man. No way to count the lives he has touched. The work he has put into place will continue to bless many in the years ahead. Prayers for Janey and family.
Love,
Lane and Yvonne Krogulski

Jim Luther

February 22, 2021

Larry made many contributions to Conference Trustees. I will miss him. Jim Luther. Conference Trustees Secretary

Kent Crow

February 22, 2021

My deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bill Lockhart

February 21, 2021

Larry was a true friend and a devoted husband and father. He loved sports of all types. I have fond memories of softball and basketball with Larry, always a gracious player, win or lose. Larry was a devout Christian and his legacy of service with both grace and determination will be difficult to match from anyone else. We have lost a great person and leader. Love to all of Larry's family, and especially his dear wife Janie and their son and daughter.

Myra Shelton

February 21, 2021

Bob & I have so many wonderful memories of Larry. He was an outstanding man. He will be truly missed. Janey and family, you have our most sincere sympathy.
Lovingly, Bob & Myra Shelton

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY