James Richard Powell

James Richard Powell

January 19, 2016

James Richard Powell, 58, of Slippery Rock, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, following an extended illness. He was born in Victoria, Texas, on Aug. 31, 1957, to Richard Leroy Powell and Erma Jewell (McCleskey) Powell. He married Julie Elaine Mahan on Oct. 2, 1982.

He graduated from East Stroudsburg High School in 1975 and later West Chester University in 1979, with a degree in music education. He graduated with a degree in turf grass management from Penn State University in 1981.

Jim was a sales representative for E.H. Griffith Inc. of Pittsburgh, a company described by the family as “very family oriented.” He was a member of the Center Presbyterian Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming and golfing.

Survivors include his wife, Julie, at home; his daughter, Jenny E. Kaplan and husband Bryan of Pittsburgh; his son, Joshua J. Powell and fiancée Emily A. Peabody of Erie; his mother, Erma Powell of East Stroudsburg; two sisters, Cindy Wallace and husband Lloyd of Stroudsburg, and Sharon Powell of Newton, New York; and grandson Evan Kaplan. He was preceded in death by his father.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Center Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. William Mumaw presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Northwestern Pennsylvania Golf Course Superintendents Association, P.O. Box 157, Forestville, PA 16035 or Greater Pittsburgh Golf Course Superintendents Association, P.O. Box 36, Imperial, PA 15126.

Smith Funeral Home

421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock

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