Sunday, May 5, 2019, James (Jamie) Powers passed away at home surrounded by his family after a courageous 6 month battle with an aggressive and inoperable glioblastoma brain tumor.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 29, 1962, Jamie was destined to be a world traveler with his family spending his first birthday in Caracas, Venezuela. He was awarded his Eagle Scout at the age of 14 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia before spending his 10th grade year in boarding school at Woodberry Forest in Virginia. He then graduated from Westchester High School in Houston, Texas in 1981. After high school, in 1985 Jamie earned a degree in horticulture from Stephen F. Austin University. While in college, Jamie spent much of his time at the Powers’ farm outside of Crockett, Texas. This included planting a blueberry orchard, and as he put it “studying under the oak trees.” He later confided to his daughters that there may have been more napping than studying. Following graduation, he started his horticulture career in Athens, Texas with Fincastle Nurseries, eventually ending up in the valley at Harlingen, Texas. During his time in the Valley, Jamie earned his private pilot’s license, an achievement that brought him significant joy.
In 1988, Jamie returned to Houston where he met his wife, Ann, in Sunday school at Second Baptist. Jamie and Ann were married March 16, 1991. Together they had three children, Rebecca, Melinda and Louie. During this time, Jamie changed his career to sales in the graphics printing industry including Charette and Hewlett Packard. In October 2018, shortly before his diagnosis, Jamie went to work for NeuraLabel in Stafford, Texas. During his 30 year career in the graphics printing industry Jamie valued his associates and clients and became friends with many across the country.
Jamie loved being outdoors, helping others and being with his family. He enjoyed building projects and crafting beautiful landscapes, and according to his nephews, cooking the best smoked ribs in Texas. He built gardens with his daughters and a jeep with Louie, ensuring that his children always had a special part to participate in his latest project. He loved jeeping and camping in Colorado and hunting in East Texas. He took great pride in watching his daughters run cross country and track, and his son play tennis.
Above all, Jamie was a man who loved his family and loved the Lord. He showed this by consistently looking for people to connect with and help. He was the always the first person to welcome new neighbors. When Hurricane Harvey flooded a third of Jamie’s and Ann’s neighborhood including their home, Jamie ferried his neighbors by boat as we all started the rebuilding process. Jamie was Ann’s hero, putting their home back together.
He was an active member and deacon at Tallowood Baptist Church. Jamie and Ann’s Sunday school class and neighbors along with many others have been a constant support, providing meals and visits and endless amounts of prayer during the 6 months of Jamie’s fight against glioblastoma. During his illness, Jamie and the rest of his family were blessed to receive visits from his friends, coworkers, cousins and aunts and uncles from near and far. In addition, Jamie and his family have been held up and cared for by several caretakers including Samantha, Jonell, and Manuel. They are angels in human form.
Jamie is survived by his wife Ann, daughters Rebecca and Melinda, and his son Louie, mother and father Ruth Nell and Lou Powers, sister and brother-in-law Lou Ann and Steve Davenport, nephews Blake and Matthew, sister and brother-in-law Cheryl and Bryan Stillson and nephews Luke, Ben and CJ.
Though Jamie’s presence in this life will be missed by all that knew him, we know that he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior reunited with his cousin Alan Williamson and other friends and family that have gone before him including his two German Shorthair Pointers, Hans and Pat.
We will gather to celebrate his life on May 18, 2019 at 11am at Tallowood Baptist Church located at 555 Tallowood Rd, Houston TX 77024. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jamie’s honor to a charity of your choice or to one of the following that were near and dear to Jamie’s heart:
Tallowood Baptist Church’s Youth ministry’s scholarship fund
Camp Blessing Texas
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