James (Jimmy) Weldon Powers, of Walterboro, husband of Carolyn Carter Powers, died Friday morning at his residence in Walterboro. He was 73. Mr. Powers was born in Charleston March 28, 1936, a son of the late Weldon Augustus Powers and Ruby Jones Powers. He was a 1954 graduate of Rivers High School, and attended The Citadel from 1954-1957. “Jimmy” was a veteran of the United States Army, and was a former sports writer for the News and Courier. His love of athletics eventually lead him to Walterboro to become the Sports Editor for the Press and Standard. Mr. Powers was also the Executive Athletic Director of the South Carolina Independent School Association, and was an insurance agent for Southland Life Insurance Company, which later became Life of Georgia. Mr. Powers was also a Methodist Minister. He formerly served the Smoaks Charge of Colleton County, and was also a former minister of Main Street United Methodist Church in Bamberg. He was a 2002 graduate of the Emory University Candler School of Theology. “Jimmy” was a Lay Leader to the S.C. Methodist Conference, and was also a member of its Insurance Committee. An active member of Bethel United Methodist in Walterboro, he was on the finance committee, was a choir member, a Sunday school teacher, a lay speaker, and a hospital chaplain. Mr. Powers was also an active member of his community. He was instrumental in the early establishment of the Rice Festival in Walterboro, and was a volunteer fireman. He was member of the Colleton County Football Hall of Fame Committee and the Walterboro Tree Protection Committee. For many years, “Jimmy” volunteered as a Fundraiser for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital and was also a member of the Walterboro Elks Lodge #1988. However, he will be remembered most by his family and friends as a truly loving husband, father, and grandfather. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Kugley Powers Williams, and her husband Albert “Bubba” W. Williams Jr., of Charleston. There are two grandchildren, Lindsey Faye Williams and Lauren Elizabeth Williams, of Charleston, a brother, Paul Kenneth Powers, of York, PA, and a sister, Andrea Powers Jones, of Mt. Pleasant. “Jimmy” was preceded in death in 1987 by a daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Faye Powers. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11:00 in the Bethel United Methodist Church, with burial following in the Live Oak Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to either Bethel United Methodist Church or to Hospice Care of South Carolina. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerrhodenfuneralhome.com. PARKER-RHODEN FUNERAL HOME, 117 PAUL STREET, WALTERBORO is in charge of arrangements. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/deaths. Tags: 1958

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