William Bates Powell
June 29, 1948  -  August 28, 2017

William Bates Powell

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Heath-Griffith Funeral Home
1823 West 51st Street
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Funeral Service
Crosstown Church of Christ
3400 East Admiral Place
Tulsa, OK  74115
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Fort Gibson National Cemetery
1423 Cemetery Road
Fort Gibson, OK  74434
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I served in the Marine.

William Bates Powell was born June 29, 1948 in Tulsa the son of Waburn Vernon and Wanda Maxine (Lawrence) Powell. He passed from this life on Monday, August 29, 2017 in Tulsa at the age of 69 years.

William graduated from Central High School in 1966. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on June 16, 1969. He was a retired City of Tulsa welder and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. William loved riding motorcycles, collecting guns and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Crosstown Church of Christ.

His survivors include wife, Stella “Marie” Powell of Tulsa; daughter, Amanda Nicole Edgar and fiance’ Jason Carothers of Broken Arrow; son, Brandon Derek Powell of Tulsa; step-sons, Justin Ray Tolbert and wife, Mandy of Sand Springs and Terry Leon Tolbert and wife, Heather of Sapulpa; father, Waburn Vernon Powell of Tulsa; sister, Rhonda Gail O’Brien and husband, Pat of Broken Arrow; brother, Steve Allen Powell and wife, Sherry of Tulsa; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation for William will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 5pm to 8:30 pm.

A funeral service is scheduled for 9:30 am, Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Pl. And a graveside service with military honors is scheduled for 12:00 pm, Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heath-Griffith Funeral Home and an online guestbook is available by visiting www.heathgriffithfuneralhome.com.


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  1. T.O.
    Tulsa, OK


    You always put a smile on my face. Thanks for befriending me at Crosstown c of c.

    Not sure why you nicknamed me "wildman" but maybe it was our mutual love of fast cars and especially Corvettes.

    Miss you my friend.

    Prayer's for your family.


  2. Trina and Chris Roethe
    Richmond, TX

    Loved my cousin Bates. He was always so kind to me and always made me laugh. Heaven is blessed with another Angel. You will be missed greatly .
    With heavy heart,
    Trina Roethe

  3. April Redfearn Winchester
    Sand Springs, OK

    Sorry to hear that Bates passed away. Praying for his family.

  4. Joni
    Bixby, OK

    Powell Family, I am so sorry of the loss of your loved one. Prayers to you all.

  5. Janet Smith
    Tulsa, OK

    I am so sorry for your lost. I will be unable to attend but please feel free to reach out to me if you need anything

  6. Charlie Kymes
    Bixby, OK

    Bates was a joy to know and love. He had a personality that was a mixture of Clark Kent and James Bond. Like Clark Kent, he was gentle, quiet, didn't want to be noticed, and mild mannered. But deep inside was a James Bond who was full of adventure and fun. He loved big motorcycles and little BMW convertibles and faster was better than slower! He had a quirky smile that made you question what was up his sleeve. At the same time, that small smile somehow told you that he liked you and enjoyed your friendship. He was a person whom I sought out at church. He didn't want attention but he would always let you know how much he appreciated you talking to him. He was a little shy by nature but there were occasions he would open up to expose his love and sweet nature. Bates was my friend and brother in Christ. He was a special man. I will always cherish his friendship. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Love, Charlie

  7. Dawna
    Broken Arrow, OK

    Our family is so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. Our hearts are broken. Kristin and I enjoyed getting to know him the past few summers when I was off work. We always made a point of going to Timmy's to see everyone and I am sure glad that we kept our ritual of eating our brunch there last summer. We definitely will miss seeing him and giving him a hard time! We love you, Marie, and have prayed so much for you these past few days. Again, I am so very sorry about William's passing.

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