On July 2, 2019, heaven gained another angel when Douglas Eugene Powell, 59 years of age, died in his sleep. He was born April 14, 1960 in San Antonio, Texas and was a resident also of Houston and Kemah, Texas and was a resident of Metairie, LA for the past 25 years.
He was the loving husband of Michelle Lanier Powell; Devoted father of Lynn and Kristin (Dustin Ducote, fiancé); devoted son-in-law of Florence Roche Lanier; brother-in-law of Darne Lanier (Darrell Brue), J. Stephen Lanier III (Pam Mitchell), Lance Lanier; loving uncle of Lindsey Lanier (Paul Cifreo), Lauren Lanier (Ray Duplechain), John S. Lanier IV, Russell Brue (Julie), Rochelle Brue (Ted Francis), Ryan Brue (Casey), Rene Brue, Jennifer Lanier (Jeff Van Vrancken), Valerie Lanier (Patrick Hicks), Allison Lanier (Manuel Fernandez), Rebecca Lanier (Dane Reynolds ). Brother of Donald Powell (Beau), Dennis Powell and Patricia Powell (Dave Prentice). Friend of Jerry Laurent. Preceded in death by his brothers, Damon and John David Powell, his sister, Donna Powell, his parents William Powell and Rubie Suber Powell, and his father-in-law, J. Stephen Lanier, Jr.
He worked at Lamons Gasket and Bolt for 27 years and recently was working with SRSA Commercial Real Estate where he was immediately embraced and loved by his coworkers and will be sorely missed. He was a loyal and dedicated employee who did not like talking about himself but always took a keen interest in the well being of those around him.
Doug treasured being with family and friends. He enjoyed simple pleasures like strolling through the French Quarter and people watching. He always was interested in how you were doing and was genuinely excited to see you. His warm smile and heartfelt handshake made each person feel valued and loved. His sage advice helped many people get through difficult times. Whenever someone was in need of help, Doug was always there with a smile, positive attitude and a laugh. His quirky jokes made every situation a little bit better. After each family gathering Doug could be found cleaning up and washing dishes. Doug adored his in-laws and could not do enough for them. His father-in-law was his best friend and now they are together again in heaven. Doug’s big heart, hugs and handshakes will be missed by all.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10am. Visitation will be prior to mass beginning at 8:30am at St. Ann’s. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his memory to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (Wendy’s), American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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