James Cletus Powell, 91, of Van Buren died Monday, April 3, 2017, at a local hospital. He was retired from Centel Phone Co. as a branch manager and a member of the Van Buren American Legion and Masonic Lodge in Van Buren, Cedarville and Mt. Vernon, Mo. He was the widower of Mary Powell.

He is survived by three daughters, Janie McCright of Benton and Janet Autry and Jean Schook, both of Van Buren; a brother, Billy Powell of Kansas City; a sister, Mary Carlson of Kansas City; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Warren Harrison, Richard Dudley, Jim Birch, Bill Taylor, Hubert Milican and Bruce Copeland.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.