Powell was born in Shell Creek to the late Jack Wilson, Sr. and Joda Johnson Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Wenzel Wilson; sister, Celest Day (Roy); three brothers, Doyle (Janet), Verl (Meria), and Jack Jr.
Powell graduated from Johnson County High School in 1960 and later attended East Tennessee State University. He retired from Great Lakes Research after thirty years of service. He was an active member of Hunter First Baptist church where he had taught children’s church with his wife for twenty-five years.
Those left to cherish his memory include two sisters-in-law, Juanita Wilson and Glenna Hardin (Rick); nieces and nephews, Marie Adevoso, Kathy Barrera (Anaya), Michael Wilson, Danny Wilson (Jennifer), Karen Davis (Danny), and Tanya Wilson; great-nieces, Abbie and Leah; great nephews, Brandon, Nick, Lukas, Wyeth, Alec, Eli, and Ryan. Both Powell and Cynthia considered all of their great-nieces and great- nephews as their “grandchildren”. A special cousin, Janet Johnson and a dear friend, Marilyn Kimes also survive.
A service to honor the life of Powell L. Wilson will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Pastor Steven Nauman, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Wednesday. Friends of the family may also call at the residence on Monday and Tuesday from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM and after the services on Wednesday.
The graveside service will be conducted following the funeral on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Coby Atwell, Doug Graham, David Fletcher, David Honeycutt, Don Frost, Dave Whaley and Jon Barnett. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Nauman, Sr. Paul Hagie, Rick Hardin and Mark Johnson.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Life Care Center of Elizabethton for all the care and support Powell received while in their care.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Hunter First Baptist Church at 693 TN-91, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to Gideon’s International at The Gideon’s International Processing Center P.O. Box 97251 Washington, DC 20090-7251.
Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Mr. Wilson and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.