In Memory of Brian Powell

Baseball star Powell dead at 35
Bainbridge (GA) Post-Searchlight
October 7, 2009

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Funeral services for Brian Powell, a Bainbridge baseball star who played for five different major league franchises, will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bainbridge Church of God with Pastor Dan Tomberlin officiating.

He was 35.

Powell was a first team All-Region 1AAAA pitcher with the Bainbridge High School Bearcats and Gatorade Circle of Champions Georgia High School Player of the Year in 1992.

He was drafted by the California Angels out of high School, but decided to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Georgia where he became an All-American pitcher with the Bulldogs.

Following his junior year with the Bulldogs, he was drafted by and signed with the Detroit Tigers. He played in the major leagues with the Tigers, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.

An alumnus of Bainbridge High School, Class of 1992, Powell was also a starting quarterback with the Bearcats football team.

Powell was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1995 and continued playing professional baseball until retiring in 2005.

He owned and operated South Georgia Sports in downtown Bainbridge and attended Bainbridge Church of God.

Following Powell’s funeral service, interment will follow at West Bainbridge Cemetery with Jason Andrews, Pete Arenas, Rodney Close, Stan Killough, Greg McDonald and Chris Bibby serving as active pallbearers. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ivey Funeral Home, which is in charge of services.

Born Oct. 10, 1973, in Bainbridge, Mr. Powell died Monday, Oct. 5, at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare after a self-inflicted gunshot.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Powell.

Survivors include his wife, Glee Putnal Powell of Bainbridge; his son, Will Powell of Bainbridge; his daughters, Chloe and Bree Powell, both of Bainbridge; his mother, Brenda Ingram Powell of Bainbridge; his sister, Leah Bibby of Bainbridge; his maternal grandmother, Jewel Addison Powell of Bainbridge; three nieces, one nephew and several aunts and uncles.

Bainbridge native, former Georgia baseball player dies
by Paul Dehner, Jr.
Albany (GA) Herald
October 7, 2009

BAINBRIDGE - Brian Powell was a lot of things. The Bainbridge native was a six-year veteran of the Major Leagues. He was an All-America pitcher at the University of Georgia. He was a husband, father and son.

Powell passed away Monday at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

He was 35.

In the difficult day following his death, Powell's former high school baseball coach and current Decatur County school administrator, Stan Killough, remembers his former player as more than all of those things.

"Brian was everybody's hero," said Killough, who will be a pallbearer during the services for Powell that will begin with a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bainbridge Church of God. "Brian was a great athlete, he could have played Division I football as a quarterback, but he was more than a ballplayer. He was a great person."

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight reported Tuesday that the cause of Powell's death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No other details, however, were available.

Powell is survived by his wife, Glee Putnal Powell and their three children, Will, Chloe and Bree Powell; his mother, Brenda Powell; his sister, Leah Bibby and her husband Chris; his maternal grandmother, Jewel Addison Powell; three nieces; one nephew, his maternal uncle Charles Ingram; and several aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ivey Funeral Home.

"He's got a beautiful wife, three beautiful children," Killough said. "He's in the prime of his life with so much to offer. There is so much knowledge there to teach and to share, it is a shame that a lot of young people in this town are not going to have the opportunity to benefit from his experiences. It's just hard to imagine not having him."

Powell was a three-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1993-95. In his Bulldog career, he appeared in 50 games with 48 starts, going 19-14 with a 3.80 ERA. He ranks second in school history with 17 complete games, 352 strikeouts and five shutouts.

In 1995, he led the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts (138); innings pitched (147) and was second in complete games (7).

Powell was a second round pick (41st overall selection) of the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 MLB Draft and reached the major leagues in 1998. He enjoyed a six-year career in the majors, pitching for Detroit, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Born Oct. 10, 1973, Powell was a 1992 graduate of Bainbridge High School and originally was a third-round draft pick of the California Angels.

Instead, he opted to attend Georgia and went on to earn Freshman All-America honors after going 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 1993.

After retiring from professional baseball in 2005, he owned and operated South Georgia Sports and attended Bainbridge Church of God.