He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Mapleton, Kan., the son of James Powell Sr. and Carrie Schmitz Powell.
He married Hazel L. Lovell on June 5, 1954, at Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2004.
In his earlier years, Jim worked as a painter. He later was employed by the U.S. National Cemetery from 1969 to 1988. Following his retirement from the National Cemetery, he operated his own farm.
Survivors include his son, Steve Powell, of Fort Scott and a sister, Emma Jean Winship of Kansas City, Mo. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, David Alan Powell and a sister, Janie Mae Ballah.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel from 1 p.m. until they leave for the cemetery at 1:45 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Sharing Bucket or the Fort Scott Animal Shelter and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.