Kelly Powell

Obituary of Kelly Anne McLarty Powell


 Kelly Anne McLarty Powell passed away on Sunday June 17, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee surrounded by her loving family. 

Kelly was born on February 16, 1966 in Mobile, AL, to Catherine Dumas McLarty and Samuel McLarty Sr.  She grew up in a large, loving family with two older and one younger brother.  She graduated from Ben C. Rain High School, where she served as an Azalea Trail Maid. Kelly believed her calling was to help comfort and heal the sick, so she studied and graduated with a BS in Nursing from the University of South Alabama.  She was a caring and compassionate nurse for many years at Springhill Memorial Hospital, Pulmonary Associates of Mobile, Thomas Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center.

She married the love of her life, David, and they shared a home with their daughter in Fairhope, AL until moving to Birmingham, AL and finally settling in Chattanooga, TN. While in Birmingham, Kelly was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2013. Her immense faith, along with the love and support of her family and friends, sustained her over the past four years.  She faced each day with an amazing grace, strength and courage. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who knew her. 

She leaves behind her husband of over twenty years, James David Powell; their daughter, Megan Powell Bell; and grandchildren, Mary Montague Bell and Frank Hutcheson Bell, Jr.  She is also survived by her mother; her three brothers, Steve (Donna) McLarty, Kenny (Cara) McLarty, and Bo (Missy) McLarty; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father and her niece, Caitie McLarty.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 370 S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532.  Visitation from 10 am to 11 am, with service to follow.

The family would especially like to thank Kelly’s extended network of caregivers, both family and friends, who gave selflessly of themselves to stay with her in the hospital, travel with her to treatments and infusions, watch over her and support her during her battle with cancer; the doctors and staff of UAMS Myeloma Institute; Dr. Robert “Matt” Graham and UT Erlanger Oncology Hematology; the nurses of the Erlanger Hospital 7th floor Cancer Wing and MICU for their constant, attentive treatment; and the Wann Funeral Home, for making the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ Myeloma Institute.  www.Myeloma.UAMS.EDU

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4000 Tennessee Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37409. Share your memories, stories and photos at



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