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Sunday April 11th, 2021

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Junior Powell

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.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register online, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.

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Dear Jr I just heard of your passing Such a loss I felt deep in my heart. You were so spontaneous and fun! Rest in peace Love! You are truly missed. 😢 Cheryl

Cheryl Varnum Jun 8 2022 9:35 AM

Dear Jr I just heard of your passing such a loss to all who loved you. Rest in peace, Cheryl

Cheryl Varnum Jun 8 2022 12:23 AM

Dear Jr, Just heard today of you passing. What a waste Love. RIP Cheryl

Cheryl May 25 2022 11:30 PM

My name is Cedrick Neal, I met Junior here in Evansville Indiana and I had no ideal he was from the southern Illinois area(Marion) and I myself from Carbondale Illinois. When we both found that out it was like we had been best friends forever. Heard about his passing and it really broke my heart. Man imma really miss my friend. To his mother, daughter and sons sorry about your lost. He was really someone Ill never forget.

Cedrick Neal Nov 9 2021 12:30 AM

I wish I cud say something that would make yall feel better! Im thankful that we got to hang out for awhile the other night, LMAO!!he made sure you knew when he was here and definitely when he left cuz they was the same thing like a bat outta hell! Man there really isnt anything that he wouldnt do for me, and I know Im not the only one. You will be missed terribly! I hope you have peace. You have my respect

Steveo litton Nov 7 2021 12:40 AM

I love u and u will be missed I have alot of great memories if u like when Russell and I woke up early one morning because u had taken ur bosses bulldozer and drove it to our place u drove that big thing right in the yard lmao then all if s sudden about 8 cops were behind u they thought u had a gun but it was a beer in ur hand they had there guns drawn and u just looked at Russell and I and smiled really big LMAO RIP

Christina Stephenson Nov 6 2021 3:04 PM

I met Junior when I was 13,I am now 50 and he has stayed a friend all these years.. It is hard to comprehend that he is gone but his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of so many.. Thoughts and prayers for the family.. Fly high with the angels Jr.

Connie Rhodes Atkins Nov 4 2021 11:34 AM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers are in my thoughts for the family.

Dorothy Vandervort (Campbell Family) Nov 4 2021 7:36 AM

Jr Powell, i will alwaysss remember you! Whether it was chasing us triplets around the yard or taking up to the park everyday after school..you always had fun and never let us have a dull moment while you were around. You are the most wild man i know with the kindest heart. You mean alot to my family and I. Love you so much. Fly high angel.

Liz Powell Nov 3 2021 7:00 AM

I love you and will miss you so much. you was the best stepdad a girl could ask for.I will never forget all the fun time's we had together. are how you was always there for me when I need you.i will make sure devon are as you called him chunker will know who you was to us.now who will wake me up a 1am beating on my door I will love you always.

Kristen Nov 2 2021 11:40 PM

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