Powell, James M. “The Grizz”


James M. Powell (The Grizz), of Palmyra, VA passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022. Born February 14, 1957 to the late Lorraine Hughes Powell and Harry Gilman Powell Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bonita Powell; daughter Cassie Fox and her husband Scott Fox; grandchildren Destiny Bourne, Faith Bourne, and Christian Bourne; great-grandchildren Lillian Bollinger and Sophia Wills; brother Gil Powell; nephew Luke Powell and his children; and many other extended family and friends that thought highly of him. Also held close to his heart his two best friends Donnie Dodds and Jeff Rice.

James was one of a kind. He was well known for his kindness and generosity, pristine work ethic, love of hunting (having an outstanding ability to call in a turkey), sense of humor, fondness of a cold beer, Jim Beam, and Wild Tukey 101, enjoyment of camping and bon fires, and his endless love for his family.  There was nothing in this world like his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Whenever you talked with James, you could expect to hear a story or two and maybe even see a picture of his grandchildren or great-grandchildren. He enjoyed nothing more than making memories with his grandchildren and passing on his hunting knowledge and skills. He had a heart of gold and never met a stranger. James would give the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket to anyone. No matter who you talked to that knew James, you could bet there will be a story about him. In his short time on this earth, he made a huge impact on many lives and will never be forgotten.

Services will be held at 11:00 on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Salem Methodist Church with Gary Osteen (Buckshot) officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Condolences may be shared with the family at https://sheridanfuneralhomeva.com/

  • Listing ID: 4264

3 Comments on “

  1. My family and I have known James for a number of years and feel so blessed to have called him our friend for so many years. We are so sorry to hear of his death and offer our most sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family and friends. We have faith in our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and know that he will provide peace that surpasses all understanding. We hear and can relate to Vince Gill in his song “Go rest high on that mountain James, your work on earth is done, go to Heaven a-shout-in’, love for the Father and the Son.” May you rest in peace James. Bev Butler and family

  2. James left a life long lasting impression on me as young man. He taught me to be kind , work hard and not be afraid to stand up for myself. Luke and I spent many summers working with James those are memories I will never forget. The life skills he taught me when I was a teenager will never be forgotten.
    I pray for his family to have peace and comfort during this difficult time. God Bless James and his family I am forever thankful to have had him in my life. I pray Heaven has an old dirt road that leads back to a honey hole

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss my prayers are with your family.
    Waddell Drumheller

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: