John Henry Powell, 66, a lifelong resident of Martinsville, Ohio passed away peacefully at home, Sunday, February 2, 2014. His wife of 44 years, Monica Harvey Powell, survives. Mr. Powell was born September 1, 1947 in Wilmington, Ohio, son of the late Floyd and Mary Jane Gibson Powell. He attended Martinsville School until consolidation with Wilmington. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1965.
Mr. Powell worked for 40 years for various International Harvester dealerships in Wilmington. He retired from The Equipment Superstore in 2013. He was a police officer and Chief of Police for the Village of Martinsville for over 35 years. John was a board member of the Clinton County Radio Club. He was a member of ARRL and the Clinton County Farmers and Sportsmen’s Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent hours playing online solitaire. He loved NASCAR, baseball, and football.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Powell is survived two daughters, Tracy (Robert) Martin of Wilmington, Ohio and Billie Powell of Wilmington, Ohio; two grandchildren, Sidney (Eric) Zorn of Wilmington, Ohio and Nathan Powell of Wilmington, Ohio; two sisters, Jean Singleton of Wilmington, Ohio and Jane (Lloyd) Walker of Jacksonville, Florida; and special friends, Michael Boyle and Charles Schumacher. In addition to his parents, a brother, Sam Powell, a brother-in-law, Carl Singleton, and his mother-in-law, Florence Harvey, are preceded in death.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio. Burial will be in Miami Cemetery, Waynesville, Ohio. Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Martinsville Fire Dept., P.O. Box 243, Martinsville, Ohio 45146 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.