I HAVEN'T WRITTEN HERE SINCE THE DAY TOMMY TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE WHICH WAS NOV. 10TH. THEY WORKED ON HIM ALL NIGHT AND DID EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE.
THIS IS THE OBITUARY IN THE MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL PAPER
Long time labor leader and 3 term Tennessee state legislator H. T. “Tommy” Powell, 79, of Memphis, TN, died Tuesday from injuries sustained in an accident at his beloved Te-To-Tam Ranch. He leaves behind his children Tony Powell (Nancy Olson) of Vicksburg, MS; Dr. Tammy Powell Booker (Ray) of Franklin, TN; and Terry Powell (Lee) of Madison, MS; and grandchildren Perry Powell and soon to be born William Powell Booker. The family is thankful for all the support from dear friends and guardian angel Judy McRay.
Tommy was born in Huntersville, TN, near Jackson. He graduated from Jackson’s North Side High School in 1949 where he excelled in athle tics and was a founding member of their first football team. He won a football scholarship to Tennessee Tech University, then volunteered for the US Navy in 1951 where he served during the Korean War. After leaving the Navy, he joined Armour Meat Packing Co. in Memphis where he became a union representative and later President of the Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council, a position he proudly held for 30 years. Tommy also served as first vice-president of the Tennessee Labor Council and chairman of the Tennessee State Election Commission.
Tommy was active in the Civil Rights movement where his guidance and influence helped change attitudes, raise awareness, and improve workers’ lives. Most memorable of these accomplishments were Tommy’s instrumental roles in the successful resolution of the Memphis Sanitation workers’ strike in 1968 and the Memphis Fire and Police str ike in 1978.
In retirement he turned his considerable passions to his family, ranching, raising horses, land development, University of Memphis football, and enjoying life to its fullest.
Services will be held Friday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel at 6:00 pm, with visitation beginning at 5:00 pm (HYPERLINK "http://www. memphisfuneralhome. net"www. memphisfuneralhome. net5599 Poplar Avenue, (901) 725-0100); and Saturday at Ararat Baptist Church, 3608 Brownsville Hwy in Jackson, TN, at noon, with visitation beginning at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in Ararat Baptist Church Cemetery.
THIS IS A PIC I TOOK NOT TO LONG AGO DOWN ON RIVER SIDE DRIVE DOING WHAT WE LIKE THE MOST BEING TOGETHER.
POSTED IN THE JACKSON SUN
WHERE TOMMY WAS FROM AND IS BURIED.
Friends and family members said Huntersville native H. T. "Tommy" Powell will be remembered for loving others and for being a great football player.
Powell, 79, died Tuesday due to injuries he sustained in a tractor accident on his Memphis ranch Nov. 4, according to his daughter, Dr. Tammy Powell Booker, of Franklin.
Booker said her father died after spending a week in the trauma center at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Visitation and funeral services will be held in two locations this weekend. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Friday in the Poplar Chapel of Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave., in Memphis, and a funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Poplar Chapel.
Another visitation service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ararat Baptist Church, 3608 Brownsville Highway, in Jackson. A funeral service will be held at noon in Jackson.
Booker said her father was a cheerful man who was larger than life. She said he will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
"He was a loving and devoted family man," said Booker in a telephone interview. "He was extremely generous."
Booker added, "His favorite hobbies were ranching, his horses and football."
Powell grew up in Huntersville and attended North Side High School, Booker said.
"He was a member of the first varsity football team the school ever had," she said.
Hugh Harvey Sr., 76, was also a member of that team, which was formed in 1947, and said he remembers how well Powell played.
"He was a fullback and a real good player," Harvey said. "In 1948, he was the sixth highest scoring football player in Tennessee, scoring 101 points."
Harvey added, "He was full of life and full of fun. I always liked him."
After graduating from North Side in 1949, Powell played for Tennessee Tech on a football scholarship. He joined the United States Navy in 1951.
"He had four years of active duty," Booker said.
The Powells moved to Memphis, where H. T. Powell began working as a union representative for Armor Packing Company.
"That job led to him becoming president of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organ8 Bizations) Labor Council in Memphis for 30 years," Booker said.
Booker said her father also served as representative for House Dist. 85, which includes part of Shelby County, for six years.
"He served during 1968 to 1974," Booker said.
Besides Booker and her husband Ray, H. T. Powell is survived by two sons, Tony and wife Nancy Olson Powell, of Vicksburg, Miss., and Terry and wife Lee Powell, of Madison, Miss.; and one granddaughter, Perry Powell.
THESE ARE THE TWO SONGS HE WANTED PLAYED AT HIS SERVICE AND THEY PLAYED A SLIDESHOW OF HIS LIFE TOO. IT WAS A PERFECT SERVICE AND A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO HIS LIFE AND TO ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS HE DID AND THE HUNDRED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND ALL OF THEIR FAMILIES HE HELPED IN HIS LIFE.
GOD TOOK THE TECHNICOLOR OUT OF MY WOLRD ONCE AGAIN.
IN MY HEART AND MEMORY THIS WAS US EVERYDAY DANCING AND LOVING BEING TOGETHER
OUR LAST NEW YEARS DAY TOGETHER