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Wilann Sheppard Powers

Mrs. Wilann Sheppard Powers passed away peacefully and gracefully in her home on the family farm in Rome, Georgia on December 26, 2017 at the golden age of ninety one.

Mrs. Powers was born in Richland, Georgia on August 11, 1926 to the late Mr. William Lester and Mrs. Lydia Dixon Sheppard. She graduated with honors from Rome High School and “Who’s Who” from Shorter College in 1947, where her mother was Dean of Women. Dedicating her life to community service, she worked for the Cancer Society and as a teacher at East Rome Elementary. Her many lifetime achievements were reflected in her enthusiasm for education, compassion for others, her delightful personality, and her entrepreneurial spirit.

Mrs. Powers retired as a primary teacher at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Springs Georgia. Recently receiving a commendation from Governor Deal, she was honored for her thirty years of dedicated service. She and her husband owned and operated a local recreation center called Powatan Beach for over ten summers. Additionally, they created and published the Country Originals Boogar Hollow book series.

Mrs. Powers sang in a trio for the troops during World War II and sang and danced in the Junior Service League Follies. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Donald Powers Jr. She is survived by her three children, Lydia Powers Yoder, Collie Powers, and Nicholas Powers III, as well as her five grandchildren, William Powers Young, Sara Bailey Yoder, Collie Powers Jr., Katie Powers, and Paige Martin, and one great-grandson, Jacob Boozer. Endearingly referred to as a true Southern Belle, Mrs. Powers exuded an inner and outer beauty, charm and her loving ability to make everyone feel like a special friend.

A “celebration of her life” memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Rome on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The family will be receiving friends at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to be sent to Claws for Paws, 1321 Martha Berry Blvd., Rome, Ga., 30165, Georgia Hands & Voices, or the The First Baptist Church of Rome, Georgia.

Because of the loving devotion from her 24/7 caregivers and daughter over the last eight years, Mrs. Powers was able to reside in her home for sixty-seven years. Her family extends heartfelt gratitude to Rose Grant, Hope Weaver, Tandalea Mendez, Joyce Loveless, Misty Perry, Taylor Johnson, Sue Thompson, Bobbie Brannon, and Dr. Raul Gonzalez and Kim Tate and the CV Home Health and Amedysis Hospice nursing staff. Please visit our website at to share fond memories and post tributes.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Wilann Sheppard Powers.