Powers, a beautiful, loving and caring Christian wife, mother and grandmother,
went to be with
Her Lord and Savior, on September 28,
2017. Funeral services will be held on
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral
Home with Mr. Frank Morgan and Mr. Jim Hodo officiating. Burial will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6:00
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
She had been
a resident of Greenville since 1968 and was an active member of the Creekside
(Johnson Street) Church of Christ. She
was 88 years old.
married to the former Greenville Chief of Police, Leon Powers, for 71 years.
born on November 15, 1928, in the Pleasant Hill community, near Itasca, Texas,
Curry and Lenora Bacon Curry. She was
the third of four children to this wonderful
the Itasca Public Schools and graduated from High School in 1946, being the
family to get a diploma. Shortly after
graduation, she married Leon Powers on September 12,
began their family in Itasca and were blessed to have two sons, Fred and Jack
Maydel and Leon moved to Irving, Texas, to begin a new chapter in their lives.
Maydel was a
homemaker for about 16 years, before beginning a career with the Irving ISD as
clerk. She attended the South Delaware
Church of Christ for 13 years and made many life-
In 1968, she
moved to Greenville, when Leon was named the Chief of Police. She was a very
the Johnson Street Church of Christ for 49 years.
an Attendance clerk for Greenville High School for 25 years. She always enjoyed
seeing former students whose lives she had Touched by her friendly smile and
warn personality. It was very common for individuals in Greenville call out,”Hi
Mrs. Powers, we really miss seeing you! “
retirement, Maydel really enjoyed camping with Leon and they would drive their
all over the United States. Notable trips were taken to Alaska, the New England
Florida and the Gulf Coast.
their favorite place was traveling to South Fork, Colorado, and camping at Fun
started in 1980’s and they made their final trip in 2016, when she was 87 years
warm and friendly personality, she never met a stranger and would soon become
tell them to “stop by our motor home for some refreshments”. She also enjoyed
granddaughters and great grandsons how to fish in the kids pond and then cook
trout for supper.
Christmas was also a favorite time for Maydel.
She enjoyed decorating the house with their collection of musical animated
puppets from Jeff and LeeAnn. She always
made the traditional turkey dinner with 10 types of deserts and had fun showing
her family all the Christmas cards from her church friends, distant relatives
and camping friends she had met at Fun Valley.
survived by her husband, Leon Powers, sons Fred Powers and wife Pam, from
and wife Amy, from Rockwall. Two granddaughters and seven great grandchildren,
husband Jon, from Katy and their children William, Colton, Eliza and Alana
Powers from Arlington and her children Cohl Powers, Preston Wilson and Mack
Doris Whitmire and husband Bob from Sherman and her children Jeff Whitmire and
Sherman, Julie Whitmire from Dallas, and
Jason Whitmire and wife Paige from Southlake.
and great-nieces include Curry Whitmire, Max Broden, Antone Broden, Kate Whitmire and Grayson Whitmire.
preceded in death by her parents, Nolan and Lenora Curry, brothers, J.A. Curry
and Dean Curry
great-nephew Josh Whitmire.
will be Ronnie Combs, Rick Lynch, Scott Prestien, Killian Sevier, Wayne Wallace
and Robert White.