Rayburn Burnett "RB" Powers, 90, of Tyler passed away on June 5, 2011, at Hospice of East Texas. Rayburn Burnett Powers was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Kopperl, Bosque County, to parents, Mark Bird Powers and Agnes Lenora Rains Powers.
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Rayburn Burnett Powers attended Waco High School and Baylor University, Waco.
Rayburn Burnett "RB" Powers married Bertha Jean "BJ" Brown on July 10, 1941, and they settled in Tyler in 1947 where he and BJ raised their three sons. After World War II, RB Powers and his older brother, James Golden "Doc" Powers chose to relocate their families to Tyler and open their new business venture, the Smith County Lumber Yard. The Smith County Lumber Yard was located on North Glenwood Boulevard near West Erwin Street and served the growing Tyler building business from 1947 until the 1970s.
RB Powers and his family joined Christ Episcopal Church in 1947 where he and his wife were members until their death. RB Powers was a member of several Tyler civic organizations during his lifetime. RB's business interests included the lumber yard, real estate and oil and gas investments. RB and his older brother Doc Powers developed the WoodWay Park Condominiums on the Old Troup Highway between Broadway and the New Troup Highway. RB and his wife BJ opened their first antique shop in the 1960s and together they were in the antique business for more than 25 years. BJ's Antiques was one of the first dealers in Tyler to specialize in English antiques. RB enjoyed tennis, snow skiing, travel, deep sea and bay fishing.
Rayburn Burnett "RB" Powers was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, James Golden "Doc" Powers and Mack Amon Powers; his sister, Mary Powers Peck; and his wife, Bertha Jean "BJ" Powers.
Rayburn Burnett "RB" Powers is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Ray B. Powers Jr. and Gay F. Powers of Austin, Johnny Mack Powers and Stacey T. Powers of Rockwall and Robert Allen Powers of Tyler; grandchildren, Jean Louise "Jenny" Aiavolasiti of Nacogdoches and Kimberley Lyle' Ward of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Presley Lyle' Lisner and Molley Mae Lisner of Anna; 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 Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 4 p.m. All are welcome. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 E. First St., Tyler, 75701. Arrangements are under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.
The family of RB Powers extends special thankful gratitude to Mr. David Ploesser; the family's most longterm caregiver, friend and companion for RB. Thank you, David. Also, the family thanks Mother Frances Hospital, Hospice of East Texas and all of his kind and attentive caregivers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois d'Arc Ave., Tyler, 75702.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 8, 2011