Gernice Powell


TISHOMINGO, MS – Gernice Powell, 73, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Iuka Hospital.  She was born in Tishomingo, MS to the late D.C. and Elsie Haley on August 22, 1947.  She accepted Christ at an early age and united with St. Peters M.B. Church in Tishomingo.  She graduated from Cherokee High School, Cherokee, AL in 1966.  Gernice met the man of her dreams and united with John “Mickey” Powell on January 3, 1970.  They celebrated 50 years of marriage on January 3, 2020 and to this union they were blessed with two children.

Gernice loved to cook, work in her flower beds, garden and can the harvest that her husband had planted.  She was an active church member and loved to lead songs when called upon to sing until her health failed. 

Graveside services will be Tuesday, October 27, 11 a.m. at Carter’s Branch Cemetery with Rev. Parnell Perkins, Rev. Bryant Southward and Rev. Willie Bogan officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS is in charge of arrangement.

She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, John D. Powell; one son, Alan Craig Powell; one brother, Curtis Haley (Bobbie), Iuka, MS; one sister, Bertie McGaha (Lewis), Tishomingo, MS; two goddaughters, Kristi Lambert (Varick), Corinth, MS and Stephanie Finley, Tishomingo, MS; two devoted cousins, William Martin (Lorene) of Muscle Shoals, AL and Donald Martin of Tishomingo, MS; two uncles, Vester Alexander (Mollie) of Fort Worth, TX and Harold Alexander of Tishomingo, MS; nine sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest son, Jeffrey Powell; one brother, McArthur Haley and a devoted friend, Mattie Bennett.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers and her nieces will serve as flower bearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of St. Peter’s and honorary flower bearers will be the ladies of St. Peter’s.

Visitation will be Monday, October 26, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.