Former W.J. Powell executive dies

12/06/2013 03:48:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Harry Jones, a former leader of Thomasville, Ga.-based distributor W.J. Powell Co. Inc., died Dec. 2. He was 93.

After service in the U.S. Army in World War II, Powell earned an MBA at the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, then took a job at W.J. Powell, which was owned by his father-in-law, William Powell.

Jones worked at the company for 50 years, eventually becoming chairman.

W.J. Powell was one of the six original members of the Pro*Act group of distributors, founded in 1991. In 1997, Performance Food Group Co. bought W.J. Powell, which had sales of $44 million in 1996.

After the sale, Jones stayed on as a consultant for Performance.

Survivors include his wife, Lella; sons Randy, Harry and Powell; daughters Margaret Berry and Nancy Fox; brother Randolph; several grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Evangelism Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Jackson Street, Thomasville, GA 31792.



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