Bertha Jean "BJ" Powers

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Bertha Jean "BJ" Powers, 85, of Tyler, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on the 9th day, January, 2009, after an extended illness.

Bertha Jean Powers was born June 28, 1923, in Waco, Texas, to parents Carroll Abe Brown and Johnnie Buchanan Brown Moorman. BJ graduated from Waco High and attended Baylor University during World War II.

Bertha Jean married Rayburn Burnett "R.B." Powers on July 10th, 1941, and they settled in Tyler in 1947, where she and R.B. raised their three children.

BJ and her family joined Christ Episcopal Church in 1947, where she was a member at the time of her death. BJ was a member of the church Altar Guild and several ladies organizations including The Festival Garden Club. BJ's interests included antique furniture. BJ opened her first antique shop in the 1960s and was in business for more than 25 years. BJ's Antiques was one of the first dealers in Tyler to specialize in English antiques.

Bertha Jean Powers was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Wanda Lou "Petie" Brown.

BJ Powers is survived by her husband, R.B. Powers; and sons and daughters-in law, Ray B. Powers Jr. and Gay F. Powers of Austin and Johnny Mack Powers and Stacey T. Powers of Rockwall and Robert Allen Powers of Tyler; grandchildren, Jean Louise "Jenny" Aiavolasiti of Nacogdoches and Kimberley Lylé Ward of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Presley Lylé Lisner and Molley Mae Lisner of Anna; and sister, Billie Jo Young of Waco; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois d'Arc Ave., downtown Tyler, on Tuesday the 13th day of January, 2009, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ted Welty officiating. All are welcome. Arrangements are under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, the 12th day of January, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 East First Street, Tyler, Texas, 75701.

The family of BJ Powers extends their thankful gratitude to Terri James, Hospice of East Texas and to all of her kind and attentive caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas, 75701; or Christ Episcopal Church, 118 South Bois d'Arc, Tyler, Texas, 75702.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 11, 2009
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