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March 26, 1956


Marshall C. Powell, 79, Mt. Vernon, a railroad agent with 53 years service to his credit when he retired nine years ago, died at 7 p.m. Saturday (24 Mar 1956) in Deaconess Hospital 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 1 p.m. Tuesday.  Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, pastor of First Methodist Church 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.


Fort Branch 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 great-grandchildren.


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, Fort Branch and Mt. Vernon


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers