JEFFERSON CITY - Richard Coleson Powell, 72, of Jefferson City, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at the Capital Region Medical Center.
Born Aug. 27, 1932 in Caruthersville, he was the son of the late R.C. and Mayme Branchville Canada Powell. A 1950 graduate of Caruthersville High School, he received a bachelor of science in education degree in 1954 from Southeast Missouri State College at Cape Girardeau and pursued graduate studies in guidance and counseling from Southeast and in music at Columbia University in New York City. Powell served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1955-1957. He was a teacher with the Cooter School District for one year and taught for 26 years with Sikeston Public Schools, where he also repaired musical instruments.
In 1981 he was appointed by Governor Kit Bond as executive director of the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities where he served for 12 years. Following retirement he owned and operated Mid-MO Ribbon Service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he sang with the choir and assisted in its television ministry. Powell was also assistant conductor of the Jefferson City Cantorum; past president of Jefferson City Symphony; former chairman of the Cole County Republican Party; and a delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention. A member of the Senior Nutrition Center Board, Jefferson City Transportation Committee, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association; AARP, Order of Elks and Jefferson City Little Theater Orchestra, he was currently serving as a senator with the Missouri Silver-Haired Legislature. He was active in the Cotton Boll Girl Scout Council and many other civic affairs during his years in Sikeston.
On Jan. 13, 1956 in Cape Girardeau, he married Dorothy Annette Jennings who preceded him in death on March 4, 2000.
He and Billie Carolyn Shaw Stovall were married Aug. 18, 2001, in Cole County and she survives at the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Melodie A. Powell and Jerry Short of Kansas City and Michelle and Mike Vickery of Imperial; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Rusty Dill of Oklahoma City and Corinne and Luis Sevilla of Mansfield, Texas; one sister, Sue Rouse of Gulf Shores, Ala.; and one granddaughter and four stepgrandchildren.
Visitation is from noon Friday until service time at the First United Methodist Church. Dr. Larry Gallamore, the Rev. Mark Dumas and the Rev. Chris Dumas will officiate.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home of Jefferson City is in charge of arrangements.
may be sent to the
Jefferson City Symphony
1108 Boonville Road
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Jefferson City Cantorum
P.O. Box 1632 Jefferson City, MO 65102
First United Methodist Church Choir
201 Monroe St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101