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Director Randy Powell passes away

The Kenergy family mourns the passing of Director Schuyler Randolph “Randy” Powell, 84, of Little Dixie.  He died Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville surrounded by his loving family.

This year marked his 40th year on the co-op’s Board of Directors.  He was elected to the Henderson-Union RECC board on July 1, 1975.  After that electric cooperative merged to form Kenergy in 1999, he continued serving the membership in District 4.

He was a farmer and cattleman known for his excavating abilities. In 2011, he received the Henderson County Agricultural Lifetime Achievement Award.

He developed a trademark look by wearing Stetsons, bolo ties, collar tips and cowboy boots.  He was known for his ever-present smile and infectious laugh.

He was a lifelong member of Dixie United Methodist Church, where he belonged to the Comfort Zone and served as trustee, Sunday school teacher, song leader, youth leader and member of the Administrative Council.

He was a Kentucky Colonel and past Farm Bureau Director. He presently was serving on the Highland Creek Watershed Board.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Freeda Ashby Powell, who died July 24, 2005; his parents, Schuyler Duvall and Sallie D. McClure Powell; one sister, Lucy Powell Russell; three brothers, Shirley Duvall Powell and his wife, Anna Merle, John William Powell, and James Albert Powell; and one brother-in-law, Sidney O’Nan.

Survivors include two daughters, Susie Givens and her husband, Dorris, and Bonnie Baggerly and her husband, Hal, all of Little Dixie; two sisters, Louise Powell Russell and her husband, Kenneth, of Owensboro and Charlotte Powell O’Nan of Hopkinsville; one brother-in-law, Ivan L. Russell of Poole; one sister-in-law, Lois Echols and her husband, Lee, of Henderson; six grandchildren, Dawn Caton and her husband, Roger, Wes Baggerly, Matt Baggerly, Randa Givens Gary and her husband, Bill, Stacy Baggerly Baker and her husband, Stephen, and Jason Bean; six great-grandchildren, Aaron and Mason Caton, Isaac and Isabelle Gary, and Tayler and Emma Baker; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dixie United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Spaulding, the Rev. Wayne Nichols, and the Rev. Glenn Sowards will officiate. Burial will be in Corydon Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Dixie United Methodist Church, 7033 Wheeler Road, Corydon, Kentucky 42406.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews, along with Kenergy Board of Directors, CEOs and employees past and present.