Obit: John Powers

Obit: John Powers

April 8th, 2012 in Obituaries
Location: Hamilton county

Judge John Y. Powers died on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. He was 82 years old.John Powers was born in Michigan, and then was raised in Jackson, Tenn., where his father, Henry Powers, was a dentist. His mother, Bertha Mae Youngerman Powers, was convinced he would be a concert pianist playing Mozart and Beethoven, however, he was more inspired by Fats Waller and Hoagy Carmichael. John graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1951, and then Vanderbilt Law School in 1953. He practiced law for 25 years in Chattanooga, and then in 1984 was appointed to the federal bench as a United States Magistrate Judge. He retired in 2004. John Powers also served in the United States Army, where he work in counter-intelligence and the JAG Corps. He achieved the rank of Colonel.He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bobbie Powers. They met while he was stationed at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, Md. John and Bobbie have four sons and daughters-in-law, Josh (Katherine), Luke (Jackie), Matt (Patsy) and Sam (Laura); and seven grandchildren: Madison (20), Audrey (18), Hank (17), Ellie (15), Phoebe (13), John (9), and Quinn (7). Josh and Katherine live in Chattanooga. Luke and Jackie, Matt and Patsy, and Sam and Laura, all live in Nashville. He is also survived by his brother, Steve Powers (Betty Ann) and their four children.Services will be at noon Monday, April 9, at St. Timothys Episcopal Church on Signal Mountain. Visitation will be at the church from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Following the service there will be a memorial reception in the Parish Hall at St. Timothys.Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Chattanooga.Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.