In the early morning hours of August 26, 2021, James A. “Jim” Powell left this world peacefully to his reward in Heaven. Born on January 21, 1933, and raised by his mother, Mary Jane Powell Rae, he spent his early years around the Frostburg and Cumberland areas. Jim joined the Army in 1953, married his first wife, Janice(Strawser) Powell, who ultimately preceded him in death in 1995, and alongside the rest of Janice’s family, pursued a new life in Ohio. He lived in Warren, Ohio until 1998 when he met and married the second love of his life, Shirley Hoadley, and he moved back to Cumberland. A sports enthusiast throughout his life, he especially loved playing golf with his many friends and throughout his life enthusiastically supported sports teams of his kids and grandkids. A magic hobbyist, he loved doing tricks for all the kids in the family. During his Warren, OH years, Jim was a longtime employee at AmWeld of Niles. He leaves behind his wife, Shirley Powell; two sons, George Powell of Gainesville, FL, and James Kevin Powell of Warren, OH; two daughters, Karen(Powell) Krepps, and husband Robert of Masury, OH and Mary Ann Lemmert, and husband Robert of Cumberland, MD; a brother, Billy Rae of Cumberland, MD; and 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, all cherished. In recent years, Jim made new relationships with long lost distant family, The Condons of Virginia. Services will be held in two locations to accommodate those in both places he considered home, Cumberland, MD and Warren, OH.
Calling hours will be Sunday, August 29th from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm with funeral service immediately following at the Sowers Funeral Home in Frostburg, MD. with the Rev. George M. Harpold officiating. American Legion Farrady Post 24 will accord military honors at the funeral home. Another set of calling hours will be available on Tuesday, August 31st from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna, OH with a brief graveside service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Jim’s home church, the Vale Summit UMC in Frostburg, MD.