Reverend Powers obituary appeared on page 303 of the Minutes of the Annual conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for the year 1869.
JESSE K. POWERS was born in the county of Albemarle, June 8, 1801. In May, 1826, while engaged in teaching a classical school within the bounds of Columbia Circuit, he sought and obtained the pardon of his sins, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was received on trial in the traveling connection, at the session of the Virginia Conference, held at Raleigh, in February, 1826. In 1830, he was admitted into full connection and ordained deacon; and in 1832, was ordained elder. Brother Powers was a plain, faithful, earnest minister of the gospel, always conscientiously discharging the duties of a Methodist preacher. Being unencumbered with a family, he readily and cheerfully entered on whatever field of labor was assigned him, and everywhere endeared himself to the people whom he served, by his unaffected and consistent piety. For upward of two-score years he made full proof of his ministry. In the latter part of his life, through affectionate regard for his welfare, and in consideration of his infirmities, his brethren of the Conference placed him on the list of supernumeraries; but so anxious was he to be in the regular pastoral work, that he appealed to the Conference to place him among the effective men. Unwisely, we fear, his request was granted, and he was appointed to the New Kent Circuit. He received his appointment with a glad heart and a willing mind, and entered upon his work with an earnestness beyond his strength. His arduous labors, and the exposure incident to his duties, soon began to tell upon his feeble frame, and he was brought very low. In this condition he concluded that, if he could reach the house of his old and long-tried friend, in the county of Chesterfield, John Bradley, Esq., the change of air, and the affectionate and assiduous nursing of that kind family would greatly tend to restore his health.
He undertook the journey in his sulky, and had nearly reached his destination, when, having fainted from exhaustion, he fell; and his feet becoming entangled, he was dragged for a considerable distance with his head downward, receiving such injuries as to cause his death.
He lingered some weeks in great suffering, which he bore with the patience and faith of a Christian hero, and on the 1st of March, 1869, he passed to his reward.
Being fully aware of his situation, he arranged for his death and burial, selected the place for his grave, and gave specific directions concerning his interment. He distributed his little effects, and left mementoes of regard to various brethren and personal friends. Having methodically attended to every matter of life and earth, he calmly , patiently, to use his own language, "waited the Master's will."
Among other characteristics of Brother Power's piety, his desire for usefulness was prominent. He requested to be buried on a certain spot near and in full view of one of the most frequented highways in the county giving as his reason for this that the road at that point would not be changed, and that many of his old friends and acquaintances would pass that way, and possibly when they should see the place where he lay, some good impressions might be made upon them, and though dead, he would thus speak for God. And there he is, alone, with precious, holy memories clinging around him, waiting for the coming of his Lord without sin unto salvation.
"Here lies all that is mortal of the Rev. J. K. Powers"
"Who for more than -- years went forth preaching the unsearchable riches of the Gospel of Christ and died at the house of Mr. Bradley"
"Aged 67 years"
"He wished to be buried in this public place that he being dead may yet call sinners to repent and lead the righteous to holiness of life"
"Jesus is Precious"