Juanita Willis Powell, age 92, of Port St. Joe, Florida, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2023, surrounded by family. Daughter of James Roy Willis, Sr. and Fosteen Spivey Willis, Juanita was born on January 9, 1931, in Blountstown, Florida.
Juanita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 58 years, Lavernon Powell, her sisters, Oveda Taylor and Shirley Howell, and her brother, James Roy Willis, Jr. She is survived by her three sons, Robert Michael Powell, Jeffery Lynn Powell (Tracy), and William Mark Powell (Cindy); her five grandchildren, Heather Muller, Dustin Powell (Megan), Adam Powell, Gabrielle Powell and Grant Powell; her three great grandchildren, Catherine Muller, Ava Powell and Kole Powell; her sister, Lawanda Ross (Buddy) and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Juanita had a fulfilling career at Port St Joe Elementary School and Port St Joe High School, where she had a lasting impact on the lives of so many young people. She also enjoyed sewing, canning, attending church and traveling by RV with her husband and lifelong friends. But most of all, she cherished her time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. As the matriarch of the family, she seldom missed a baseball game, dance recital or school event.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her memory.