Jun. 19, 1868 Stonefort Williamson County Illinois, USA
Feb. 7, 1967 Palatka Clay County Arkansas, USA
Elder R.L. Powell was born June 19, 1868, near Stonefort, Illinois, and departed this life, peacefully, at his home near Success, AR, Feb. 7, 1967, and was laid to rest in the Black Cemetery, northwest of Corning, AR, in the Palatka community. At the age of 14 years, he professed faith in Christ and united with the Missionary Baptist Church near Stonefort. He surrendered to the call of the ministry at the age of 19. He was ordained to the full work of the Gospel ministry by the Indian Camp Church in Williamson County, IL. He was busily engaged in pastoral and evangelistic work for nearly 75 years. He pastored churches in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas. Though Accurate records of his service are not available, it is reasonably sure that hundreds have been saved and baptized as a result of his ministry. He at one time stated that he had married 2000 couples, held hundreds of funerals, and baptized 3-4 thousand persons, including 66 at one baptismal service. At the time of his death, he was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, which he led in the organization of, and served as her humble pastor for a number of years. He was considerate toward all whom he met, also fearless and bold in his convictions for truth and the right. His desire was to serve the Lord and help people. When he thought he could be of no help to any one, he desired to go on to the Lord. To us, his life was rich; likely his reward will be rich. During his ministry he testified of Salvation by Grace, the Perpetuity and Gloriousness of the Lord's Church and the Blessedness of a Future life with the Lord. By these things "He being dead yet speaketh".