It is with great sorrow, the family of Bradley Charles Powell of Waldron, Arkansas announces his passing from this life on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Brad was born to LD and Virginia (Ray) Powell of Waldron, Arkansas on September 20, 1974. He was 48 years old.
Brad was an adventurous free spirit who loved the thrill of anything that had a motor and would go fast. His passion began at a very young age riding go-carts, 3-wheelers, and motorcycles on the family farm. Most of the time he was jumping dirt mounds or riding wheelies across the front yard. He competed in youth division dirt bike motor cross racing at the age of 8. His parents spent many weekends taking Brad and his friends to tractor pulls and monster truck rallies. Brad later remodeled his grandma Fern's antique step-side Chevy and competed at the Centerville drag races.
Brad's love for adventure didn't stop with fast motors, he also loved spending time at the lake with his family. He learned to water ski, the first time he tried, at lake Spur with his Uncle John. He and his boys Devin and Dilan fished and enjoyed camping. He, Devin and Dilan made many great memories catfishing and spending time together. He and Melinda spent most summers camping at lake Ouachita, boating with Levi, and riding jet skis.
Brad was quite a prankster and loved to make people laugh. He always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. You could see the dimples in his cheeks when he was about to say or do something funny. Brad loved his family more than anything and always enjoyed family gatherings, skeet shooting on Thanksgiving and Cuzmas. He and his cousin Shannen were more siblings than cousins. They grew up together and remained close throughout their adult life.
Brad leaves behind to cherish his memory, two sons, Devin Powell, and Dilan Powell both of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, two Uncles, Rabbit Ray and wife Billie and John Ray and wife Susan all of Waldron, Arkansas, his best friend and companion Melinda Cooper of the home, as well as three great aunts, Estelle Ennis of Waldron Arkansas, Margie Lasiter of Olympia, Washington and Dorothy Lovett of Sanger, California. Brad's memory will live forever in the heart of his close friend Becky Denny. Brad will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including numerous cousins, and a host of extended family and friends he loved.
Brad was preceded in death by his parents LD and Virginia Powell, infant sister Shelly Powell, cousins Russell Ray, and Shannen Ray.
Brad's celebration of life will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. David Williams, Rev. Jackie Smith, and Rev. Konnor McKay officiating. Interment will follow in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Brad's pallbearers will be Brock Moses, Levi Cooper, Bill Lovett, Dusty Lovett, Brad Evans, and Jon Isham. Honorary pallbearers will be Parker Cox, Rick Hudson and Joey Deer.
Brad's visitation will be Monday, October 31, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas.