Lindon Gray "Lin" Powell, 73, resident of New Castle in Henry County, Kentucky, passed away on October 4, 2018, in Panama City, Florida. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 5, 1945, to the late Lindon Lafayette "Sug" and Martha Gray Powell.
He was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion; and a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
After graduating from EKU, he sold life insurance until he and his father bought a battery business in Western Kentucky. Although the business was booming, Lin and his wife Sandy decided to sell the business and accept the call to join the Kenneth Cox evangelistic team, holding multi-media Bible prophecy presentations throughout the southern states and beyond, including Haiti. They worked side-by-side 24/7 in this ministry, and it was a joyous and inspiring time in their lives. They then both enrolled and completed degrees in religion at Southern Adventist University to prepare themselves more fully for ministry. The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists invited them to be one of its full-time evangelistic teams. Over the years, they have held evangelistic meetings and revivals in virtually every church in the conference and also in a number of other states. It was in 1984 that they returned to their hometown of New Castle. In 1994, the conference invited Lin to serve as the Director of Trust Services, Director of Stewardship, and Association Secretary, positions he held until his retirement in 2015. Lin and Sandy have also pastored churches for many years and were currently pastoring the Gratz, Kentucky, Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Lin has always taken an active role in his community. For many years, he participated in a men’s community prayer breakfast every Saturday morning in New Castle. For over 30 years on Christmas day, he “went to jail” to wish prisoners a “Merry Christmas” and share a gift with them. He served as a deputy sheriff and investigator for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Lin was trained in dispute mediation and also in crisis intervention and has helped many individuals and families through these services. He was involved in the first volunteer fire department and the first volunteer EMS in New Castle and served his community in both for many years.
Although Lin has faced health challenges through the years, due to kidney failure, complications with his kidney transplants, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and Rottweiler dog attacks, he has been one of the most optimistic, determined, and non-complaining individuals one could ever meet.
Lin had an enduring faith in God, a passion for sharing the Good News of God’s grace and salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior, and a driving desire to be a faithful prayer warrior, interceding on behalf of hundreds daily.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sandy Wallace Powell; two sisters, Sally Powell Bond Lowrey of Naples, Florida, and Martha Anne Willoughby of Jeffersonville, Indiana; two nephews, Tom Bond, III (Jen) and Dru Willoughby (Janet); one niece, Kristi Davidsaver; and eleven great-nieces and great-nephews. Lin was preceded in death by his parents; by a nephew, Jeffrey Clay Bond; and by a niece, Allison Willoughby Robinson.
Awaiting the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Lin will rest in the New Castle Cemetery along with his family under the family Ginkgo tree.
In lieu of flowers (In Memory of Lin), memorial contributions may be given to the Gratz Seventh-day Adventist Church, 427 Crittenden Street, Gratz, KY 40359 or to the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, P. O. Box 1088, Goodlettsville, TN 37070-1088.
Celebration of Life
Sunday, October 21, 2018:
1-4 p.m. (EST) at Pewee Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 103 LaGrange Road, Pewee Valley, KY 40056.
4 p.m. (EST) at the church
Sunday, October 28, 2018:
2-4 p.m. (CST) at Hendersonville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 118 Anderson Lane North, Hendersonville, TN 37075.
4 p.m. (CST) at the church