Marshall C. Powell, 79, Mt.Vernon, a railroad agent with 53 years service
to his credit when he retired nine years ago, died at Saturday (24 Mar 1956) in DeaconessHospital in Evansville.
In failing health for several years, he entered the hospital 11
days ago from his home at 504 W. Second street after suffering a cerebral thrombosis.
For 31 years prior to his retirement he was Chicago & Eastern
Illinois Railroad Co. agent in Mt.Vernon, combining with efficient service of his
employer a public relationship that built many staunch friendships. He
was an ardent booster of movements designed to advance Mt.Vernon's growth and prosperity.
The body is at Short-Niehaus Funeral
Home and the funeral service will be conducted in Short-Niehaus
chapel at Tuesday. Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, pastor of FirstMethodistChurch of which Mr. Powell was a member, will
be the officiating minister, assisted by Rev. Newton Jones, a friend of the
family and pastor of St. James Methodist Church, in Evansville.
FortBranch lodge, no. 696 Free & Accepted
Masons, in the organization of which the deceased took a leading role and in
which he carried No. 1 card of membership will conduct graveside rites at the
Odd Fellows cemetery at Princeton, Ind.
Mr. Powell also was a member of LaValette
Commandeer Knights Templar; and hadi Shrine, Evansville, and Mt.Vernon lodge, No. 277, Benevolent &
Protective Order of Elks.
Surviving are the wife, nee Louis E. Cuppy
Powell; a daughter; Mrs. C. Vaughn Curran, Indianapolis; two sons, Charles Powell, Evansville and Marshall C. Powell, Jr., New Orleans; five grandchildren and two
The deceased was a native of Princeton, In., the son of Dr. D. G. Powell, a
physician, and Louise Kirkman Powell. His
maternal grandfather was sheriff of Gibson county for
more than 30 years.
He entered the
employ of Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad at Princeton. The E. & T. H. later was
purchased by the C. & E. I. In his more than half a century of
railroad service he served at only three locations- Princeton, FortBranch and Mt.Vernon