Marvin Powell age 68, passed away on June 25, 2020. He was born on June 21, 1951 in Many, LA to Bill and Betty Mae Jenkins Powell.
The first born of nine children, he was the inheritor of many exceptional qualities from his father and mother, treading through life with the softness of his mother and, as his father, fiercely protecting and fighting for what matter most, family. Carrying the nickname “Bear” for most of his life, his burly, stout exterior expressed what lay just beneath the surface: a love that was constant, faithfulness to his family and friends, and an unquenchable devotion to care for and provide. In many respects, his heart was larger than life, and in meeting him, you could not help but look past the “Bear” and fall in love with the kind smile and friendly nature that he carried through life. Bear was not sure how to complain, and though he faced difficulty with his health in later years, if asked how he was feeling, he would smilingly respond, “with my fingers!”. He was an avid sportsman, coon hunting with his sons, accompanied by his many treasured dogs, and roping and chasing cows. The visiting nature that made him so friendly, also brought Bear to invest himself in his community, as a proudly accomplished Freemason of Marthaville Lodge #453, a longtime Sabine Parish Sherriff’s Deputy, and an eight-year local Police Juror. Alongside his daddy and brothers, he worked hard for the family logging business, until carrying on his father’s entrepreneurialism and starting his own company in 1981, Bear’s Lumberton Company, Inc. He passed on those same skills to his own sons. Later in life, he began a friendship with his future wife, Teresa, that grew into a loving companionship and culminated in their marriage on March 4, 2004. Spending the next 16 years side by side, they worked together on many other business ventures: setting up the ever delicious Chuck Wagon across from Marthaville school; developing a love for bartering and trading that lead to Mama Bear’s Tradin’ Post; and working alongside his son, Bill, with Bear Powell Enterprises. Bear made up his own rules when it came to certain things, and like any Powell, his competitiveness was not always subtlety expressed, especially when on the losing side. For many years he played dominos with his father and friends, but one of his most treasured times were with his baby girl, Rebecca, playing Shanghai Rummy, a card game he learned from a longtime friend. Just as his mother, fishing was in his blood, and he enjoyed many hours on the water, with his proudest catch being a 50 lb. catfish. Bear loved like few men did, and his giant character and gentle nature will live on in the memories and spirits of his family.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife of 16 years, Teresa Davis Powell; sons, Bill Powell of Marthaville, LA, Dakota Powell and wife, Natasha, of Robeline, LA, and Clinton Ray Powell and wife, Katie, of Marthaville, LA; daughter and baby girl, Rebecca Powell and husband, Ryan; step-children, Valerie Ramsey and husband, Wayne, of Galloway, TX, James Walker and wife, Tryphena, of Joaquin, TX, and Amanda Powell of Robeline, LA; beloved friend, 1st wife, and mother of his three oldest children, Elsie Yvonne Powell; brothers, Alton Powell and wife, Susan, of Marthaville, LA and Stacy Powell and wife, Dana, of Marthaville, LA; sisters, Loretta Greifzu of Robeline, LA, Lawanna Singletary and husband, Jason, of Marthaville, LA, and Laura Strahan and husband, Steven, of Marthaville, LA; grandchildren, Shelton Powell and wife, Paige, Marvin Powell, Wendy Powell, Hunter Powell, Makayla Powell, Chasity Powell, Summer Person, Keith Shoemaker, Adrian Ramsey, Cole Powell, Kinley Powell, Kam Powell, James Walker Jr., Emmaline Walker and Josephine Walker; great-grandchild, Ellie Mae Powell; and a host of extended family, friends, and loved ones.
Preceding Marvin in death are his parents and brothers, Nolan Powell Sr., Dana Dean Powell, and Garland Powell.
A graveside service honoring his life will be Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:00 am at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 4524 Cedar Grove Rd., Robeline, LA, with Bro. Glynn Howard officiating. Family and friends are invited to arrive for a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m., prior to his graveside service.
Serving as pallbearers will be Cody Greifzu, Nolan Powell Jr., Derek Singletary, Colton Singletary, Wesley Powell, Phillip Strahan, Marvin Powell, and Shelton Powell.