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Carrie Lena Johnson, affectionately called “Kate” by her daughters and “Baby Sister” by close family, was born on September 3, 1929, in Eatonton, GA. She was the eighth child of nine children born to Isaac and Addie Johnson. Carrie peacefully transitioned into eternal life on November 7, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings and her husband, Rev. Willie Lafayette Powell.
Carrie met and later married the love of her life, Rev. Willie Lafayette Powell, on July 5, 1957. God blessed this union with three children: Lafayette, Abigail, and Tara. Carrie and W.L. (as she called him) were married for 23 years. As a devoted preacher’s wife, Carrie spent many years on Georgia’s highways and byways supporting her husband’s ministry. Under his leadership, Carrie worshipped and served in many churches.
Carrie was educated in the Eatonton and Madison, GA school systems. She was a high school graduate of Burney Street High School in Madison, GA. She continued her studies at Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, GA. In 1957 she graduated from Fort Valley State College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Carrie was an elementary school teacher for 31 years until her retirement from the Putnam County School System in June 1989. She taught for three years in Madison, GA (Morgan County), three years in Milledgeville, GA (Baldwin County), and 25 years in Eatonton, GA (Putnam County). Many of her former students often shared how she helped them turn their lives around or the critical role she played in their life decisions. She loved her students and left an indelible impression on each of them. Carrie may have been small in stature, but the mark she left on her community was anything but.
Carrie accepted Christ at a young age, joining Griggs Chapel in Monticello, GA. She later connected with St. John A.M.E. Church in Eatonton, GA, where she served on the Stewardess Board. There Carrie served faithfully until her health began to fail. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star Superior Chapter #160. Carrie was also an avid sports lover, especially the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons.
Loving memories of Carrie will continue to live in the heart of her son, Dr. William L. Powell (Sheila) of Fayetteville, GA; her daughters (“The Girls”), Abigail Trawick (Octavias) of Milledgeville, GA, and Tara Powell of Ellenwood, GA; two beautiful granddaughters who lovingly call her Grandmommy, Ariel Powell and Jordan Powell of Fayetteville, GA; one bonus granddaughter, Cortney Trawick-Denson of Tucker, GA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, including Ms. Geraldine Griggs. Geraldine is a special person who became a big part of Carrie’s heart. Geraldine’s love, support, and care for Carrie made the darkest days seem brighter. Our fond memories of Carrie will stay near and dear to our hearts and will carry us through for years to come.
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