John T. “Pete” Powell, Jr., 90, of Wallisville, and a former longtime resident of West Orange, passed away on Friday, June 27, at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Joe Orr, and the eulogy will be given by Jeff Lummus. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Village Mills Cemetery in Village Mills.

Visitation will be at 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 30, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.


Born in Carthage, on March 6, 1924, he was the son of John Tom Powell, Sr. and Caline Matilda (Letney) Powell. He was a member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in West Orange and was a proud veteran of the United States Army having served in WWII. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brothers.  He loved to walk his daughter’s dachshund, Beaux, and was known around the neighborhood as being the “little old man with the little dog”. Pete and his wife, Lois, shared 67 wonderful years of marriage. He loved his family and was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gail Guelker; brother, Jim Powell; sisters, Opal Matthews, Lavonne Martin, and Mittie McNulty.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Powell of Wallisville; son, James T. “Dick” Powell and his wife, Joni of Kirbyville; daughter, Regina Broussard and her husband, Jody of Wallisville; grandchildren, DeAnna McKay and her husband Roy, Trent Powell and his wife Lisa, Eli Witterstaeter, Jami Wilkerson and her husband Justin, and Karli Newton and her husband Ryan; great-grandchildren, Kristyn McKay, Camryn Powell, Judd Powell, Ryleigh McKay, Alli Powell, Lily Powell, Lainey Wilkerson, Roxanna Newton, and Tucker Wilkerson; brother, W.J. Powell and his wife, Lucille of Bridge City; and his sister, Virginia Kuykendall and her husband, Wendell of California.

Serving as pallbearers will be Roy McKay, Ryan Newton, Justin Wilkerson, Barry Powell, Richard Powell, and Dale Stephens. Honorary pallbearers are Judd Powell and Tucker Wilkerson.