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Alan Dean Powers

Obituary for Alan Dean Powers

December 24, 1945 - July 31, 2017
Utica, Kentucky | Age 71


Alan Dean Powers, of Utica, Kentucky died peacefully at his home on July 31, 2017. He was born December 24, 1945 to the late Harold and Hortense Powers. He was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Powers and grandparents, Sunshine and Garland Lamar and Zula and Doug Powers.
Alan graduated from Daviess County High School in 1964 where he excelled in basketball, football, and baseball. His outstanding high school football career resulted in his being named All City, All Big Eight, All Western Kentucky, and Honorable Mention All-State. In the summer of his senior high school year, he played baseball for the Owensboro Velvet Bomber American Legion Team. He subsequently signed with Vanderbilt University as a four-year football scholarship recipient.

In 1968, Alan graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in business. While at Western, he played as a defensive starter, worked as a student assistant coach for the football program, and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduation, he worked at Woolco Department store until his wife graduated from Western. Moving to Utica in 1969, he worked at General Electric for one year. Then he returned to school to obtain his teaching certification while working at Mackey's General Store. For five years he taught at Apollo High School and coached varsity football.
In 1976, Alan began a long and successful career as a State Farm Agent. He served his many clients faithfully for 42 years. One of his greatest joys was mentoring his daughter, Hadley Embry, who worked along- side him at his agency for the last 18 years.
Alan loved and encouraged active participation in sports. He faithfully attended his grandchildren's sporting events. He spent many enjoyable hours playing golf, attending football games, spending time at the lake and pool with his beloved family and friends and playing with his faithful pet dog, Riley. He remained an avid fan and supporter of WKU football throughout his life.

Alan was a member of Owensboro Christian Church. He formerly attended Utica Baptist Church where he served as church treasurer and deacon for a number of years. He married his high school sweetheart at Utica Baptist Church.

He is survived by the love of his life, Ann Mackey Powers. They would have celebrated 49 years of marriage this August 25th. He is also survived by his daughters, Ashley Ferguson (Logan), Hadley Embry (Chad), and Allie Powers. He had four grandchildren: Haley Embry, Braxton Embry, Griffin Ferguson, and Walker Ferguson. Other survivors include his brother-in-law Jay Mackey (Dianne), sisters-in-law Ginger Powers and Mary Mackey Elliott; his nephews Alan Wade Powers, Scott Powers, Burns Mackey, Jeff Mackey, and JJ Mackey; his nieces Lori Powers, Mari-Scarlett Hirte, Kerribeth Elliott and Jill Elliott; his aunts Carolyn Carter (George), Agnes Powers (Don) and Mary Doug Nugent; and his uncle Shirley Powers.

The funeral service for Mr. Powers will be 12:00 noon Friday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, where visitation will be from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday and after 10:00 a.m. Friday. Entombment will be in Christ Chapel Mausoleum at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the WKU Football Spirit of Excellence Fund or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Memories of Alan Powers may be shared at

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • WKU Football Spirit of Excellence Fund
    c/o WKU Foundation
    292 Alumni Avenue
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
    PO Box 96929
    Washington, DC 20090-6929

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Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
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