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Gail Cathleen “Cathy” Powers

Gail Cathleen “Cathy” Powers

August 2, 1954 - December 2, 2019     Age: 65

Gail Cathleen “Cathy” Powers, age 65 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, December 2, 2019. 

Cathy was born in Copperhill, TN to the late Otis Thomas & Anna Lou Wright and was the youngest of 10 children.  She grew up in Morganton, GA where she developed a deep love for the Appalachian Mountains and was always quick to share stories of “the Mountains” with her family and friends.  She then moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked as a Real Estate Broker, while raising her two children, and later relocated to Fernandina Beach, FL which she has called home for the past 25 years.

Cathy leaves behind a legacy of love, great generosity, faith and a never-ending love for family.  She also loved to paint, travel and shop for antiques and trinkets.  She gave unselfishly to anyone in need and was always there to lend an ear or be someone’s shoulder to cry on.  Cathy accomplished many things in her short time here on earth, but her proudest accomplishment was her family.  Her children and grandchildren where the light of her life.

She leaves behind a daughter Stephanie Echols and husband Carson Echols of Brandon, FL; a son James Coker and wife Natasha Coker of Fernandina Beach, FL; grandchildren David Echols, Abigail Coker, Aubrey Coker, Alley Coker all of Fernandina Beach, FL; and her loving companion Charles Courson of Fernandina Beach, FL.

The family welcomes all to join them for a Memorial Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach, FL on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 am.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

5 Condolences

  • Angela Jay Posted December 5, 2019 6:51 pm

    Cathy was a wonderful person. She & I had lots of adventures together. I have such fond memories. I know she will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts will be with her family.

  • Carole Hura Posted December 6, 2019 5:07 am

    So sorry for your loss. She was beautiful inside and out.

  • Roger and Corinne Echols Posted December 6, 2019 4:27 pm

    Dear Stephanie and James and families we wish we could be there to celebrate your Mothers life. God’s Love is with you at this special time. I believe special angels are with Cathy. . We send love and hugs to all of you. God bless all of you,

  • Holly D Williams Posted December 12, 2019 9:33 pm

    I went to highschool with Cathy. She was such a sweet person. Prayers for her family.

  • Randall Brett Panter Posted January 11, 2020 3:08 pm

    My Aunt was strong, brave and funny. She always spoke her truth and never made me feel less than loved. She is sorely missed. I wish for her spirit and her immidiate family (Son, daughter, grandchildren) peace after her passing. If there is a heaven. It has a new Angel

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