Mrs. Wilma Pauline Milstead Powell, 76, of Woodbury died Aug. 29.
She was born in the Irving College community of Warren County on July 21, 1938. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles William Milstead and two brothers, Wayne Milstead and Jimmy Milstead.
She is survived by her husband, Maurice Powell of Woodbury; mother, Gertrude Roberts Milstead of Irving College; two sons, Stephen and Patricia Powell of Woodbury and Larry Powell of Murfreesboro; two brothers, Lonnie and Pat Milstead and Eugene Milstead, all of Irving College; one sister, Donna Milstead of Irving College; five grandchildren, Brittany and Paul Clark, Larry Dillon Powell, Gabriella Powell, Austin Powell and Ethan Powell and two great-grandchildren, Rylie Clark and Cassidy Clark.
Mrs. Powell grew up in Irving College and graduated high school there. After graduation she attended MTSU and Draughons Business College. She met her future husband, Maurice, in Nashville while going to school. They would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary next month. She worked for Century Electric for several years before their first child was born. In the past few years she became ill and was diagnosed with CIDP, a form of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. She was a member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ.
Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 1 at Smith Funeral Home chapel with Al Bugg and Jerry Gilley officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to, GBS-CIDP Foundation, Tennessee Bible College, American Diabetes Foundation or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 3, 2014