Powers, John B
Powers, John B.
a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was born May 16, 1814, in Union District, S. C.; as a boy, removed to Alabama, and shortly after was converted; and, feeling called of God to preach the Gospel, accepted license in 1845. In 1856 he entered the itinerant ranks of the Alabama Conference, and was appointed to the Weewokaville Circuit. He filled successively the Harpersville and the Moscow circuits. In 1861 he entered the Confederate army in command of a company. His health failed, however, and he returned. From 1863 to 1866 he was presiding elder of the Jasper District. In 1867 he served the Elyton Circuit; 1868-69, the Murfree's Valley Circuit; 1870, the Jonesborough Circuit. In 1871 he was appointed to the Monticello Circuit, but died March 30. He was a conscientious and pious man. His administration as presiding elder was marked by promptness and great faithfulness in the discharge of all the duties pertaining to his office. His broad common-sense and acquaintance with men gave him wisdom in council. As a preacher, he had great control over the emotions of men, and was eminently successful in seasons of revival. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M. E. Church, South, 1871, p. 565.