Vincent Charby Powell


powellVincent Charby Powell passed away peacefully at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas on September 13, 2015 with his family by his side. He was 83.

Vince was born on August, 13, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Ellis Marvin Powell and Katie Eleanor Powell.

As a young boy his family moved to Austin, Texas living on the family property in the area of Trinity & 1st Street. He grew up riding the trolley with his father, a conductor, and helping his mother with their Victory garden. After graduating from Austin High School, he began working for the City of Austin Electric Department. He worked many a day on the moonlight towers that are still in existence today. Not liking the “elevator” system or the possibility of dropping one of the mercury vapor light bulbs, he decided to quit and went to work selling paint.

In the early 60’s he found his true passion of home building. There are many Powell built homes in the Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown area that are unmatched in quality. He did not believe in cutting corners to save a few bucks. He loved the daily coffee shop visits with his fellow builders and trades and the many stories that were told. Some of them are not printable.

He loved all things baseball and coached 25 plus years of Little League ball beginning at the North Austin Lions Club and later at Balcones. Winning championships was his goal, but teaching his players the game of baseball, being good sportsmen and having success in life was the most enjoyable part for Vince. There are many successful adults that will tell you Coach Powell had a significant impact on their lives.

As a grandfather he enjoyed teaching his four grandchildren a few things about driving and tried his best to teach them how to play baseball and softball. This turned out to be a little harder than being “Coach Powell”. He did succeed in teaching each one how to loudly sip milk out of their cereal bowl! All four had their own little niche and he made certain each one knew how proud he was of them and how much they were loved. That was important to him. Becoming a great grandfather topped the charts for Vince and he loved having Autumn, Kali, Luke, Zayden and Harper sit in his lap and give him big hugs and high fives.

He loved the Longhorns and enjoyed the many conversations with Tumey and Leo over the last game played, whether it be baseball or football. He loved Roger’s fried deer meat, Mike’s fried fish, and he loved a wimpy (hamburger) from Andice General Store. Those were his favorites!

Vince was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Katie, and his brother Dean. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Georgia Lou (George to Vince), his three daughters, Diana Lynn Hilsabeck and husband James, Donna Gwen Cearley and husband Mike, Sandra Gail Lindgren and husband Roger; four grandchildren, Michael Cearley and wife Dezzray, Steven Lindgren, Kristen Floyd and husband Devin, Shannon West and husband Chris; five great grandchildren, Autumn, Kali, Luke, Zayden and Harper; sister Gloria “TeeTee” Philips and husband Doug, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

His two favorite words were “love you.” Well, Vincent, Vince, Charby, Grandpa, Pee Pot, Old Man, we love you too and will miss you dearly.

Visitation will be held at Beck Funeral Home in Cedar Park, Texas from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, September 17th, 2015. Funeral services will be at Beck Funeral Home at 10am on Friday, September 18th with interment at Liberty Hill Cemetery immediately following the services. Reception at Beck Chapel and Events in Liberty Hill immediately following the interment.

Pallbearers will be Steven Lindgren, Devin Floyd, Chris West, Leo Tiller, Terry Powell, and Brad Jackson. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Cearley, Rick Slater, Scott Hickman and B. J. O’Dell.

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