Family remembers newspaper carrier, former reporter killed in wreck

Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:31 a.m.
Updated Sept. 1, 2012 at 4:01 a.m.

An Edna man, who for years reported and delivered the news of the day to hundreds of Crossroads residents, was killed in a wreck Friday morning.

Paul Taylor Powell III, 64, who was traveling west on state Highway 111 in a 2012 white Ford van, died at 5:07 a.m. after a truck driven by James Garretson, 31, struck two cows standing in the other lane.

One cow crashed into Powell's windshield.

Helen Powell, who was driving, was flown to Citizens Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition Friday afternoon, said spokeswoman Dawn Burns.

Garretson was not hurt and no citations were issued, said said DPS Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Powell was an independent contractor through a company called ACI, which took over responsibility for the Victoria Advocate's distribution in February. He delivered papers as far away as Edna and Bay City, said ACI interim marketing manager Jeff Medeiros.

Powell also was an Advocate reporter from 1983 to 1998, said the newspaper's human resources director Peggy Jones.

Hamp Rogers, the Advocate's director of circulation and marketing, said he's praying for Powell's family and friends.

"Paul was really the salt of the earth kind of guy. He was always dependable, someone we could count on to provide good service to our customers," Rogers said. "He never let us down."

Paul Powell's family said he will be remembered for his extraordinary work ethic.

His son, Paul Powell IV, recalled how he dabbled in all things media, going on after his stint at the Advocate to work at radio station 98.7 FM.

"He almost seemed to have an unstoppable will whenever he made up his mind to do something. He hardly took a day off," his son said. "In fact, a year before, he took a cruise with our stepmother. That's probably the first vacation I can remember him taking and I was 31 at the time."

Powell's daughter, Rebecca Powell, recalled his victory over esophageal cancer just a year ago.

She said he was a jack-of-all-trades, often showing up extra early to the jobs he juggled, such as managing an H&R Block, serving as a deacon at St. Agnes Catholic Church and driving school buses.

"He always told us education was the most important thing," she said.

"We knew he loved us even when we were disciplined," Powell's son said.



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