Wilson Powell, 88, of Batesville, died Oct. 5, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born Nov. 1, 1914, in Franklin, he was the son of Dan and Cora Berry Powell. He was the business manager for the Batesville Daily Guard and also served as its secretary-treasurer. He was of the Methodist faith. Powell was a long time member of the Lions club, a past president of the Batesville Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Batesville School Board. He also served on the fair board for several years.
He was a member of the New Evening Shade Masonic Lodge for over 60 years; a past secretary/treasurer of the Independence County Histori-cal Society and was a former King White River.
Wilson Powell wrote weekly columns in the Batesville Daily Guard and was a historian and genealogist. He received an honor doctoral degree in humanities from Lyon College last May.
He received the Purple Heart while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Reaves Powell of Batesville; his daughter, Linda Arnold, also of Batesville; a sister, Dorotha Mae Chumley of Batesville; four grandchildren --
John Arnold, Ashley Arnold, Lauren Callahan and Page Callahan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Claude Powell; and a daughter, Jean Ann Callahan.
The funeral was Oct. 8 at Central Avenue Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Linam officiating. He was assisted by the Rev. Marsha Dodd. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers were Jim Kemp, Jimmy Hughes, Paul Glover, Larry Stroud, Billy Garth and Pete Hensley.
Memorials may be made to Old Independence Regional Museum.