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1968 Junior 2021

Junior Powell

December 5, 1968 — October 31, 2021

Junior Powell, age 52, of Herrin, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Born Estel Lee Powell, Jr. in Marion on December 5, 1968, the son of Margie Ann (Bozarth) and the late Estel Lee Powell, Sr.  He married Lori Samples. She preceded him in death.

Junior loved the outdoors. He was always happy with a fishing pole in one hand and a beer in the other. He enjoyed taking his buggies through mud and getting stuck. Demolition derbies would get him excited, one time even winning the Mad Dog trophy for the hardest hit. Anybody that knew Junior knew he had a gift of singing old country songs. It was an honor to hear him sing.

He was just a good ol' country boy that got a little wild but his heart was pure. Nobody will ever fill his shoes! He loved his family and friends, willing to give the shirt of his back to help anyone. Junior never met a stranger and was loved by everyone.

"Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys."

Survivors include his mother- Margie Ann Powell of Marion

Daughter- Ashlee Powell of Creal Springs

Two Sons- Trevor and Samantha Jones of Herrin

     Travis Jones of Gulf Port, Mississippi

Grandchildren- TJ Jones, JR Peppers, Bailey Jones, Braydon Duplessis, Aleya Alton,

     Abbi Powell, and Bentlee Smith

Brother- Jason Taylor of Marion

Sister- Wendy Shelton of Marion

Preceded in death by his wife- Lori Samples-Powell, father- Estel Lee Powell, Sr., brother- Tony Dodd and sister- Shelly Finley.

Funeral services will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2:00pm with the Rev. Keith Owens officiating.  Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Marion. A time of visitation will be held from 1-2pm on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, social distancing is advised and the wearing of masks is encouraged.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the family and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

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