Arthur Lamar ‘Bunkin’ Powell

August 27, 2019

Arthur Lamar “BUNKIN” Powell
1924 – 2019

He was born Arthur Lamar Powell, in Sulpher, Louisiana on January 28, 1924 to George Arthur and Mary Sue Powell. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, James, Roy and Earl (Babe). Arthur went to work at St. Regis Paper Mill where he worked for 37 years before retiring in 1985. It was there he got the nicknames Bunkin and Red.

Bunkin loved the most: His family, friends, peanut butter and syrup on Louise’s warm biscuits, yearly fishing trips to Demopolis, AL with family and friends, hunting, his garden and 5 gallon buckets. Bunkin was very possessive of his buckets. If one had an “A.P.” written on it, it better not be at your house! These buckets were like his life. Always full. Always busy. In them might be peas he planted, grew, picked, shelled, then gave away, trot lines like the one he worked on last week, or deer guts, paper bags (for just in case), fertilizer, tools… Each one had a purpose. Each one gave him joy. Each one filled with his love.

Oh, the things he’s seen, historical events he’s witnessed and the stories he could tell. Each and every family member and friend has their favorite or two.

A perfect example of Bunkin’s longevity is “The Stainless Steel Bolt” story. He was at the bolt shop and was buying stainless steel bolts. The neighbor next door happened in and asked, “Why are you buying expensive stainless steel bolts? You won’t be around long enough to even see a cheap metal one rust.” Bunkin looked at him and said, “Maybe you won’t but I WILL!” Yep, that sums Bunkin up perfectly. Steadfast! Just like that stainless steel bolt.

So after 95 years, 6 months and 23 days, Arthur Lamar Powell with the Lord in his heart, left us and this earth on August 23, 2019. He will be missed but not forgotten!

He is survived by: wife, Louise Powell, children: Lamar (Bonnie) of Autaugaville, AL, Randy (Shelia) and Rickey (Fay) of Molino, FL, grandchildren: Tela (Brad) Wegner, Amanda (David) Kicker of Millbrook , AL, Clay (April) Powell, Cody Powell, Megan (Charlie) Driver, Amber (Robb) Whitfield, Casey Powell of Molino, FL, great- grandchildren: Chloe Wegner, Kinzey Powell, Lily, Ruby and Samuel Driver, Ethan and Emma Kicker, Aria Whitfield.

Pallbearers: Brad Wegner, David Kicker, Robb Whitfield, Clay Powell, Casey Powell, Cody Powell

Faith Chapel North
Visitation: 12 – 2pm
Funeral Service 2pm
Burial following Crabtree Church Cemetery


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