Powell retires from medicine after 39 years

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

After 39 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Ron Powell has decided to retire. A reception was held in his honor, Dec. 30, at North Mississippi Medical Center. It was a time of laughter and tears. Powell has practiced medicine in West Point from 1980 - 2019.
Powell's friends, family, hospital staff and his own staff from North Mississippi Medical Clinic were there to wish him all the best.
"I've been working at Dr. Powell's office for 31 years," Leslie Nash said. "I don't know what we will do without him. He made it a wonderful environment to work in."
Nash said he encouraged all the staff to enjoy themselves while at work. They often dressed in costume for Halloween.
"I don't have a favorite memory of working for Dr. Powell," Nash said. "He made coming in to work every day so much fun. Not many people can say that about where they work. I know this is supposed to be a happy time, but I keep crying."

Powell was presented with the Key to the City by Mayor Robbie Robinson.
"You have served this community in so many capacities," Robinson said. "Friend, husband, father, grandfather, physician and Brigadier General. You have meant so much to so many people."

Colleague, Dr. Ned Miller, talked about golfing with Powell before working with him at North Mississippi Medical Clinic.
"I was in a Golf Scramble with Dr. Lott, Dr. Powell and my dad," Miller said. "The best golfer always took the first swing. I just sprayed the balls everywhere. I aways went last. My dad and Dr. Lott were always second or third, but Dr. Ron Powell was always first. You could depend on it."
Miller said Powell had always been reliable and dependable. He meant reliability to so many people for almost 40 years.
"You and your staff have done so much for this community," Miller said. "So now this is the end of getting up and going to the office and the beginning of getting up and going to the deer stand."

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