Brian Powell dead at 35

Not that Tigers fans needed any more shocking news, but news came out yesterday that former pitcher Brian Powell is dead at age 35. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

From the story in his local paper, the Post-Standard in Georgia:

Powell was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1995 and continued playing professional baseball until retiring in 2005.

He owned and operated South Georgia Sports in downtown Bainbridge and attended Bainbridge Church of God.

Following Powell’s funeral service, interment will follow at West
Bainbridge Cemetery with Jason Andrews, Pete Arenas, Rodney Close, Stan
Killough, Greg McDonald and Chris Bibby serving as active pallbearers.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ivey
Funeral Home, which is in charge of services.

Born Oct. 10, 1973, in Bainbridge, Mr. Powell died Monday, Oct. 5,
at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare after a self-inflicted gunshot.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Powell.

Survivors include his wife, Glee Putnal Powell of Bainbridge; his
son, Will Powell of Bainbridge; his daughters, Chloe and Bree Powell,
both of Bainbridge; his mother, Brenda Ingram Powell of Bainbridge; his
sister, Leah Bibby of Bainbridge; his maternal grandmother, Jewel
Addison Powell of Bainbridge; three nieces, one nephew and several
aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bainbridge Church of God.

6 Comments

I can’t truthfully say that I remember Mr. Powell, but condolences to his family. This has been a hard year in Tigerdom.
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–Rich

Thats really sad, I dont remember him either. I feel for his family, and wish the best for them during the time.
Two Voices | Two Guys

Rich,
I am too busy to post (excuse). I just like to read.
Hey Marty, sorry if I forgot to mention your name. I like reading your stuff. From Rochester, right? I have not listened to the radio but my sales guys are telling me they are ripping whats his name, you know, the stubborn old coot, old school, don’t believe in chemistry or momentum, platoon man, don’t use the same line up twice, etc.

Seriously, I, too, feel for the Powell family. I do not recall Brian’s Tiger days.

Maybe I will have more time to post now that my baseball season is over and will not spend every night watching my Tigers. –Dave

The Tigers drafted Powell in 1995. Randy Smith traded him a few years later, then he came back to the Tigers and pitched for Detroit in 2002.

I don’t remember him either, but feel so bad for his family! Bless them and keep them safe.

I do remember Brian i played and pitched against him in summer ball and college. He was a great combatant and person. Although this is years later, I am very saddened to learn of this. My prayers are with his family.
Brock Powell

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