James Franklin “Pinky” Powell, 83, Columbus

Pinky PowellJim “Pinky” Powell, 83, of Columbus, died Thursday (June 15) at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jim was born in Huntingburg October 6, 1933.

Pinky was a 1953 graduate of Huntingburg High School. He was named second team all-state in basketball and was offered full scholarships to Tulane, Mississippi State, and Alabama. He accepted a scholarship from Indiana State and then decided to transfer to Oakland City College (now Oakland City University) his sophomore year, where he went on to score 1,059 points in three years. He was inducted into the Oakland City University Hall of Fame in 2009. He began his teaching and coaching careers in Holland and moved to Hartford City in 1963, where he served as athletic director and head basketball coach for five years. In 1964 he was coach of the year for the Central Indiana Conference. In 1968 he moved to Columbus, where he served as counselor, director of guidance, assistant principal, and principal of Columbus North High School until his retirement in 1993. He served on many local, state, and national committees, and as president of the Indiana Association of Colleges and Financial Aid and, more recently, the Otter Creek Golf Course board of directors. He loved to hunt, fish, and play golf and was an elder at Grace Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Powell; one daughter, Cathi Jones and husband Mark; three sons, Joe Powell and wife Pat, Jim Powell and Amy DeClue, and Tom Powell and wife Diane, all of Columbus; four granddaughters, Jamie Hoffman and husband Matt, and Ella Powell, all of Columbus, Kate Powell, Chico, California, and Claire Powell, Bradenton, Florida; two grandsons, Matthew Rust and wife Katie, Columbus, and David Powell, Plano, Texas; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbus. Memorials in Jim’s name are suggested to the Grace Lutheran Church Foundation, 3201 Central Ave., Columbus, IN 47203. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.Meyers-Reed.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. John Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in Garland Brook Cemetery. Myers-Reed Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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