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Minnie Powell

August 5, 1934 — September 4, 2014

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Minnie Cooley Powell

Wrens, GA  – Minnie Elsie Cooley Powell, 80, loving wife of the late Frank A. Powell, entered into rest Thursday afternoon, September 4, 2014 at Jefferson Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00AM Monday, September 8, 2014 at Ways Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jason Burton officiating. Interment will follow.

Minnie was the sixth child of thirteen born to the late Ollie Mae Thompson Cooley and the late John Henry Cooley. She was born and raised in Ohio but also lived in Tennessee and Florida before settling in Georgia. Minnie was a homemaker and concentrated on her family and their needs. She could be found working her huge vegetable garden, canning the vegetables and cooking for her family—she made the best dumplings ever! Minnie also enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles, doing word search puzzles, playing cards, watching John Wayne movies and enjoying a cold Pepsi. Most of all, she loved taking care of her grandkids and great grandkids, who were the light of her life. Minnie was a kind, caring person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is also preceded in death by six siblings, Katherine Reeder, Junior Cooley, James Cooley, Robert Cooley, Louise Roth and Henrietta Cooley. Survivors include her three daughters, Melody A. Arrington (Lloyd), Connie Sherrer (Wayne) and Diane Williams (Brett); six siblings, Margaret Oaks of Baxter TN, Ruby Shaw of Augusta, Dorothy Akers of TN, Evelyn Pennington of Stapleton, John Cooley of AL and Harvey Cooley of Stapleton; seven grandchildren, Nadine Davis (Brandon), Stefanie Arrington, Katelynn Pilgrim (David), William Sherrer (Melanie), Whitney Lyons (Dalton), Kelly Unruh (Delton) and Summer Williams; seven great grandchildren, Brandon Davis Jr., Caleb Davis, Alyssa Sherrer, Andrea Sherrer, Ally Mills, Savannah Unruh, and Harley Unruh; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00PM Sunday evening, September 7, 2014.
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Legacy Of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife, not just as a mother.
For all of us, you gave your best.
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you've earned your sleep.
Your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.

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