Joseph Davis “Jay” Powell, 29, of Mount Pleasant, passed away in Florence after a brief illness at the MUSC Health Florence Medical Center. Jay was born September 17, 1994, in Columbia, to Walter Gassaway Powell, Jr. and the late Luwanna Angeleck Anderson.
He was blessed with a very special name honoring his great-great grandfather, Joseph Davis Powell, Sr., but he preferred to be called “J. Davis” or “Jay”. He attended A.C. Flora High School in Forest Acres, and he excelled in sports, especially in baseball and football. He had moved to Mount Pleasant from Columbia in 2017 to live with his beloved grandfather, Walter G. Powell, Sr., affectionately known as “Pop”, before he passed away in 2019. He then resided in the Orangeburg area before returning to Mount Pleasant. He enjoyed the gym, fishing, collecting shoes, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
Jay exited this world far too soon, and leaves behind many family members and countless friends who will miss him dearly. He is survived by his father, Walter G. Powell, Jr., of Mount Pleasant; three brothers, Walter G. Powell III, of Charleston, T. Blair Smith (Paige), of Moncks Corner, Chase P. Owens, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and one sister, Brecken N. Smith, of Rowesville; his uncles, David Anderson, of Miami, FL, and Rick Hutto, of Charleston; and his aunt, Quinn McDaniels, of Mount Pleasant. He is also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and a special great-aunt, Yvonne Brien, of Myrtle Beach.
He is now united in heaven with his most cherished loved ones, including his mother, Luwanna Boone; his paternal grandparents and mentors Walter (“Pop”) and Annette Powell; his maternal grandparents, David and Luverne Anderson.
A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held on November 5, 2023, at 2 PM, at Thompson Funeral Home, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. For those unable to attend the service, it will be available through the following link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/1613798704 The family would like to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff at MUSC Health Florence, especially Dr. Seif and the entire CVICU team.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy for South Carolina, at LECSC, P.O. Box 6426, Columbia, SC 29260.