Funeral services for Shelby Jean (Persilver) Powell, 77, of Wilson are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel of Wilson with the Rev. Mike Johnston officiating. Interment will follow at the Simon Cemetery south of Wilson.
Shelby Jean Powell was born June 15, 1938, at Loreauville, La., to the late Ulysses Joseph Persilver and Esther (Arnaud) Persilver. She departed this life Monday, July 13, 2015, at her home in Wilson.
Jean moved from Louisiana to Andrews, Texas, as a young lady and soon met and married Carl Helton Powell who was working in the oilfields there. They were united in marriage on April 12, 1956, at Andrews, Texas.
They led an adventurous initial years of marriage moving from town to town working on ranches and in the oilfields. They lived in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Arizona before moving to Wilson in the 1960s.
Jean was a homemaker who cared for everyone at the house and everything on the farm. Helton preceded her in death on June 17, 1992. Since Helton’s passing, Jean has stayed very close to all of her children and enjoyed watching her soap operas, playing word games and puzzles. She was a member of the Wilson Assembly of God Church.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; grandson, Blaine Thomas; daughter-in-law, Tina Powell; and sisters, Mary Lee Smith, Eulaine Brown and Debbie Bothe.
Survivors include her daughter, Lena Edwards and husband, John of Oil City; sons, Carl Lee Powell and wife, Carol of Madill, Pat Wayne Powell and wife, Michelle and Mike Helton Powell, both of Wilson; grandchildren, Roger Powell and wife, Britney, Dillon, Patrick, Travis and Marah Powell, Daniel Edwards and Cory and Craig Garrett; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Allysin and Kynnedi Powell and Skylar and Jaxxon Garrett; siblings, Johnny Persilver and wife, Lynda of Hobbs, N.M., Lolita Finley and husband, Jim of Cortez, Colo., Jaunita Noble and husband, David of Beaumont, Texas, Bertha Orson of New Iberia, La., Wayne Persilver and wife, Nitt of Winnfield, La., Marty Persilver and wife, Florence of Campti, La., and UJ Persilver Jr. and wife, Judy of Kent, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.
Casket bearers are Roger Powell, Dillon Powell, Travis Powell, Daniel Edwards, Cory Garrett and Troy Barras.
Honorary bearers are Craig Garrett and Bruce Williams.
Condolences may be sent online at alexanderfuneralhome.org.