August 1, 1873 - April 1, 1953
|C. B. Powell was born August 1, 1873 at Brandon, Mississippi. His years as a boy and young man were spent on neighboring farms where he went to school and paid for his room and board by doing odd jobs around the place. His father had died when he was eight years of age and his mother when he was ten. He was married on October 2, 1902, to Lena Belle Soda at Hatcher, Louisiana. He Is survived by his widow and five children: Mrs. F. E. Hodges, Mrs. A. D. White, Mrs. W. D. Giles, Mrs. F. D. McCarthy, and N. B. Powell.
Reverend C. B. Powell served thirty-two years as an active itinerant preacher. He joined the Louisiana Conference in the’ early 1900’s. In 1907 he was ordained Elder and served in Louisiana until 1920, when he transferred to the Arkansas Conference. He came back to the Louisiana Conference in 1927, where he remained for the rest of his active ministry.
He was inactive during his last years because of poor health, but he was always happy to preach when called on. In November 1944, he retired and went to live with one of his daughters at Paradis, Louisiana, where he remained until his death on March 31, 1953
He served the following charges in the Louisiana Conference: Wesley, Campti, Follock, Melville, Clinton, Plain Dealing, Bienville, Indian Bayou, Florien, Melder, Marksville, Boyce, and Golden Meadow.
Brother Powell was beloved by the people to whom he ministered. He was always interested in the welfare of the people he served. He loved the Methodist Church and its ministry.
He was a Master Mason with his membership In the Melville, Louisiana Lodge. Following a Masonic funeral he was laid to rest in a Masonic Cemetery in New Orleans on April 1,1953.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 161-162, 1953 by Ross Alan Pickett.|