Jonathan Moss Powell

Published 8:48 am Friday, September 14, 2018


Jonathan Moss Powell, 90, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018.

Graveside services will commence at 11:00 am, Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Orange, Texas with Reverend Barry Bradley officiating.  Arrangements are with Claybar Funeral Home.

Jonathan was born in Gadsden, Alabama on July 17th, 1928 to Eloise Moss Powell and William L. Powell.

Jonathan married Rosemary Lackey in Birmingham, Alabama in 1952.  In 1971, they moved to Orange, where Jonathan worked for US Steel until his retirement.  He formed valuable lifelong friendships during his employment with US Steel.

Jonathan was active at First Baptist Church and served as a deacon.  He was a Master Mason for over sixty-five years and served with the Lion’s Club.  Jonathan enjoyed traveling and spent happy times in Maui and Hilton Head.

Jonathan is best remembered as having lived a godly example for this children and grandchildren.  His kindness and generosity were extended to all he knew.  Jonathan was a loving and devoted husband and father to Rosemary, and to his four daughters.

Family members honoring Jonathan’s memory include daughters Rosemary Duffey and husband Len of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Jane Powell of Houston, Texas; Jennifer Eades and husband Brian of Delta, Colorado; and Joan Bonnington and husband Paul of Houston, Texas; and sister-in-law Jane Crawford and brother-in-law Clarence, of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Grandchildren include Holley Duffey Stacy of Scottsdale, Arizona, Jonathan Duffey of Phoenix, Arizona, Christina Bonnington of Belmont, California, Katherine Bonnington of Rockville, Maryland, Lauren Eades of Washington DC, Rachel Eades of Houston, Texas and great-grandson, Kai Stacy.   Niece and nephews Monty Crawford, Littleton, Colorado, Laurie Chronopoulos, Fort Collins, Colorado and Steve Stine, Birmingham, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Baptist Church at 7637 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Orange, TX 77632, would best honor Jonathan’s life.