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Cathy Powell Wall passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 29, 2022, following a short illness. Born May 11, 1949, daughter of the late Joel Eugene (Gene) Powell and Dorothy (Dot) Evans Powell. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Joel (Buddy) Powell, and son Kevin Reese Kelly all of Cartersville, GA. 

Survivors include her devoted son Kyle Kelly, beloved granddaughter Reese Kelly, best friend, and sister Lynn Tatum (Charles), close friend and father of her children Harvey Kelly all of Cartersville, GA, nephew Brent Tatum (Ronda) of Adairsville, GA, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special girls who loved her as a grandmother Catie and Callie Bell of Cartersville, GA. 

After graduating from Cartersville High School in 1967, she began working at Lockheed Martin until her retirement in 2011 after 44 years. She began her career in the Marietta facility and later transferred to their corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland where she was highly regarded and developed life-long friendships. She traveled extensively for work while in Maryland to Dubai, London, Singapore, India, and Paris. After retirement, her love for travel and desire to serve others sent her to Liberia with LIVE 2540 (Orphan Aid Liberia) as well as spending three months aboard the Mercy Ship in Africa. She most enjoyed her annual vacation time at the beach with family and friends. Her ability to retire and return to her beloved Cartersville was her greatest joy. 

She loved and was loved in return by her church family at First Presbyterian Church of Cartersville, GA. Cathy served as a deacon and worked tirelessly with others at the Friendship Table, Meals on Wheels, and serving the community. 

Cathy was beautiful in heart and spirit. She enjoyed decorating, preparing amazing meals, and hosting gatherings for her close friends and family. Acquiring beautiful artwork throughout her travels was a new passion. Cathy was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many, especially by her close friends who with open hearts have remained devoted and tirelessly by her side. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday, February 4th at 2:00 pm; visitation immediately following. 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions in Cathy’s honor be made to:

LIVE 2540 (Orphan Aid Liberia)

PO Box 2434

Cartersville, GA  30120


10 Comments To "Cathy Powell"

Michelle Williams On Feb 07 2022 at 1pm
Cathy you are truly one of the sweetest souls I have ever met. We shared many memories of traveling and working together and I thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing on our last visit in November. Thanks for the advice:). May your body return to it's wholeness and your soul be at peace. Love you lots my Friend! Reply to this comment
Greg Martin On Feb 04 2022 at 2pm
Cathy always greeted me with a smile. She had a challenging job, but always found time to help others. Reply to this comment
Chip Schleider On Feb 04 2022 at 2pm
Cathy was the heart and soul of our Lockheed Martin crew. She keep us all on the straight path with her warmth, charm, humor, and enthusiasm. I have difficult time picturing a world without her in it. She will always be in my prayers. Reply to this comment
Tom Schoegler On Feb 02 2022 at 8pm
Cathy was a superstar having the ability to address the boss' issues while at the same time looking after others in the organization that needed help. She always had time for others inside and outside the organization. But mostly for me was her big smile, kind words and big heart. God Bless her. Reply to this comment
Leo Mackay On Feb 02 2022 at 12pm
Cathy was a lovely colleague, and an example of hard work, loyalty, and humility to us all. She was missed when she left, and we mourn her now. Requiescat in Pace! Reply to this comment
Jackie Hilliard On Feb 02 2022 at 6am
There really aren’t enough words to describe what a tremendous person Cathy was. She’ll be missed for so many reasons! My thoughts & prays are with her family. Please know that your mother, go/mother, sister and friend will be greatly missed by her LM family. Reply to this comment
Royce On Feb 02 2022 at 6am
Cathy was always the one individual who, at those times when you needed a smiling face, welcomed you with warmth and kindness. Her joy was contagious. Her reservoir of friends endless. Her retirement left a void impossible to fill. Her memory will always be cherished. Reply to this comment
Tracy Tidwell On Feb 02 2022 at 6am
Cathy forever changed my life. Her sweet soul and humble ways will be remembered always. She left a lasting expression on my family. God always puts the right people in your life and he knew what he was doing when he gave me her friendship. I will praying for you all in the days and weeks to come. Reply to this comment
Bob Trice On Feb 02 2022 at 6am
Cathy and I worked together for almost 15 years. It is not an exaggeration to say that I could not have done my job without her. Her ability to anticipate issues, clearly communicate with people at all levels, and do whatever it took to completely a task were legendary. But Cathy was more than just a valued colleague. She was also a close personal friend of mine and my wife, Susan. We will miss her quick wit, bright smile and her love of family and Christ. God bless Cathy. Reply to this comment
Mike Mitchell On Feb 02 2022 at 6am
I cannot picture Cathy without a smile on her face. She made any Lockheed Martin team that she was part of a stronger team. She was gracious and professional, collaborative and tough when she needed to be tough. She gave her best in what she did, and she expected that in return from others. In all my dealings with Cathy she made my job easier. I will always have the fondest memories of her. Reply to this comment
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