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James "Jim" O. Powell

February 24, 1938 — March 19, 2016

Mr. James O. Powell, age 78, of Towanda, PA passed away on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital, after a brief illness, with his loving family at his side. Jim was born on February 24, 1938, in Milton, PA one of nine children to the late Charles & Amanda Roughton Powell. He honorably served his country from 1957 until 1961 in the United States Air Force. After serving in the Air Force he graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and served as a State Trooper. Upon retiring from the Pennsylvania State Police after 20 years of service, he was elected and served as a Bradford County District Judge in jurisdiction 42-3-03 from 1988 until 2000. Jim was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was also a member of the La Société des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, where he chaired the registered nurses scholarship fund for 5 years and also was a member of the TAC Missileers. Surviving: Wife of 53 years: Sonya Powell, at home Two sons: Steven (Valerie) Powell, Orlando, FL Joseph (Melissa) Powell, Alexandria, PA Daughter: Alison Powell, Athens, PA Four grandchildren: Jackie Jessica Satchel Delaney Great granddaughter: Bella Sister: Norma Parise, Carlisle, PA Besides his parents he was predeceased by five brothers: William Powell, C. Robert Powell, John “Jack” Powell, Ronald Powell, and Richard “Dick” Powell, and by two sisters: Lois Brown and Ruthanna Wolfe. Private family graveside services will be held at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, Towanda Chapter, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to the 40 & 8 Nurses Scholarship Fund, C/O Murray O’Donnell, 643 Hillcrest Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in loving memory of James O. Powell. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James "Jim" O. Powell, please visit our flower store.


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