Ronny Powell of Ranger

Ronny Powell picRANGER – Ronny Powell, 53 of Ranger, passed away Friday November 3, 2017 in Mineral Wells, TX. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11th at the First Baptist Church in Ranger with Robby Neyland officiating. There will also be a memorial Mass held at a later date at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Ranger.

Ronny was born February 20, 1964 in Abilene to Burris Ray Powell and Lillian Estelle (Patterson) Powell. He graduated from Merkel High School, Cisco Jr. College, McMurray University, and received his Master’s Degree from the University of New Orleans. He taught drama at Merkel High School, Tahoka High School, and several universities before retiring from Ranger High School. While at CJC, he had the opportunity to play in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He acted in several commercials and movies, including JFK with Kevin Costner. He was in the Abilene Repertory Theatre for several years. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Ranger, and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1864 in De Leon. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two brothers, Gary Straach (Kari) of McKinney, TX, and Richard Straach of Port Aransas; four sisters, Linda Picon of Mishawaka, IN, Deanna Greer of Zephyr, TX, Chyree Jones of Odessa, TX, and Cindy McElyeh of Ovilla, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful drama students.

Ronny’s family wishes to extend their gratitude & appreciation to longtime friends Chip and Wynelle Lang. They shared vacations, passion for history and teaching, and were there through all of the challenges Ronny faced with his health these last few years. They have been angels here on earth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ronny Powell Drama Scholarship at Ranger ISD, Ranger, TX.

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3 Responses to "Ronny Powell of Ranger"

  1. Marianne Friend   November 11, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    I was a student with Ronnie at the University of New Orleans and he was the most warm, giving and caring person. Talented and humble; he always had a great time and was quick to find humor in any situation. I am so very sorry we lost him.

  2. Espi loza   November 7, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Mr.Powell’s class was always my favorite class especially around Halloween. I will always remember how his peraonality was always out there. Mr.Powell always made school more interesting. You will be missed rest in piece.

  3. Nelda Ruth Rodgers   November 7, 2017 at 12:05 AM

    I didn’t know Mr. Powell as well as others. We did have some fun conversations about drama and costumes and how to possibly fix curtains for the stage. He was a very special person to everyone who ever met him. He knew how to put a smile on people’s faces.