Julius Ray Powers, 83, of Baxley, died early Wednesday morning at Appling HealthCare after a brief illness. He was born in Pierce County where he grew up in the Hacklebarney area. Powers enlisted in the United States Air Force in the early fifties, where he served for six years. He then enlisted in the United States Navy where he retired in 1974 after over twenty years of service. During his time in the United States military, Powers served two tours of duty in Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam. Upon his retirement from the Navy, he returned to his farm in Appling County. He worked numerous jobs after his retirement in construction and maintenance facilitation and also as a licensed commercial and residential electrician.
Powers loved to fish and watch baseball. He gardened and was involved in ceramic making with his wife. He was a member of the VFW in Baxley. More than anything he loved his grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dexter Preston Powers and Katherine Blanche Eunice Powers; his wife, Shirley Bagley Powers; four sisters, Betty White, Gwen Timlin, Arlouine Bennett, Sandra Crews, and two brothers, J.P. Powers, and Jackie Powers.
He is survived by a daughter, Judith Powers of Kenner, Louisiana; three sons, Ray Powers of Baxley, Victor Powers of Baxley, Jay Powers and his wife, Kim, of Baxley; six grandchildren, Kristi Shipes and her husband, Michael, Christopher Powers, Tori Mann, Ryne Powers, Jayson Powers, Adam Powers; five great grandchildren, Meagan Shipes, Talan Shipes, Bryar Shipes, Cloe Mann, Levi Mann; two brothers, Truman Powers and his wife, Nancy, Jerez Powers and his wife, Flo, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Ben James Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends beginning at 1:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.