Michael Dee Powers
Michael (Mikie) Dee Powers, was born Aug. 16, 1950 to Lawanda and Andrew Powers in Duncan, Oklahoma. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, April 17, 2019, surrounded by family.
A funeral service was held Friday, April 19, 2019 at Ray of Hope Church, with Chance Freeman, Brayden Harris and George Gilland officiating, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Burial followed at Woolsey Cemetery in Loco.
Growing up in the Woolsey area, he stayed with his grandparents on the Powers family farm while his parents traveled for work. On the farm, he spent his days tending cattle, pigs, and chickens, squirrel hunting, fishing, and roaming the creeks. Many of these days in his youth included his childhood partner in crime, Sue Simmons (Early), where the two partook in shenanigans that country kids find. Mikie went to Comanche public schools through 12th grade, where he graduated in 1968.
Mikie met the love of his life, Susan Jo Andrews, in the summer of 1967, and their first date was on Friday Sept. 13 of the same year. To pay for their dates, he would hustle pool and snooker at Littrell’s Pool Hall as well as haul hay for local farmers. Mikie enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1969 and in January of 1970 he departed for basic training in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was a part of the second battalion, 36th artillery division. Mikie and Susan wed on July 17, 1970.
To this union, Justin, Mindee, and Scotty were born. Mikie loved his time spent coaching little league baseball and youth wrestling for the boys. The boys he coached always looked up to him and considered Mikie like their own father. Mikie never missed a single baseball game or a wrestling match. He traveled all over the state for many decades while chasing after these events. Another passion of Mikie’s was Oklahoma Sooners football. He spent countless Saturdays watching OU games with his friends and family. Known as Grampee, or simply P, to his grandchildren, they were the apple of his eye, and even on his toughest days, he lit up when they entered the room.
He enjoyed going on Carnival cruises, weekend road trips, hosting Easter Egg hunts, and cooking out on his homemade fire pit. Mikie spent a large part of his life building up his cattle herd, having as many as over 200 total head at a time. He ran his cattle on the same land that he roamed as child. Along with the help of his family, Mikie built a small cabin on his land and where he would have fish fries, weenie roasts, and spent countless hours just sitting on the porch. He just loved showing off the cabin to his buddies.
Along with running a full herd of cattle (and often pigs and chickens as well), Mikie spent over 45 years working for Halliburton in Duncan. During his time there he made many friends, memories, and built thousands of oil and gas well tools that have been used all over the world. Mikie worked with numerous good men, but was beside Edwin Laminack for well over 40 years.
Mikie was a beloved friend and member of the community. One synonymous trait that people always seem to mention is his sweet and infectious smile. He was always friendly, he was a hugger, and he was definitely a jokester. He loved to pester and give people a hard time, but it was always with a smiling face. He was a man of integrity, morals, strength, humility, and gentleness. He wasn’t big on saying, “I love you”, but there was never a doubt that he was full of love and deeply cared for those close to him. All in all, Mikie Powers was the epitome of a good man.
Mikie was preceded in death by grandparents Homer and Minnie Lee Powers, Stell and Mable Ratliff, Father in Law John Andrews, and parents Andrew and Lawanda Powers. He is survived by his wife Susan, son Justin and wife Kasee of Loco, daughter Mindee and husband Chance Freeman of Sulphur, and son Scotty of Conway, Arkansas. He is leaving behind eight grandchildren; Brayden, Wyatt, Kylee, Mikayla, Averie, Cache, Lukas, and Journey. Also, his two sisters, Cheryl Pannell and Patti Harper.
Pall bearers will be Tim Wilson, Edwin Laminack, Troy Castleman, Mike Harper, Keith Woods, Richard Byerly, Andy Jones, and Roger Jackson. Honorary pall bearers will be boys from his youth baseball and wrestling teams, Jimmy Wells, Rick Martin, Andy Howington, Keith Allen, Ronnie Rhone, Lijah Chisum, Jason Gaither, and Chris Webb.
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