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Obataye O. Powell,   Age 54
Visitation Location: Jubilee Worship Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Visitation Date/Time: Monday, June 19, 2023 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Funeral Time: Monday, June 19, 2023 at 1:00 PM
Funeral Location: Jubilee Worship Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota
     It was one blissful day on May 14, 1969, when the Lord blessed the proud parents George Wiley and Linda Powell with a bouncing baby boy Obataye O. Powell, Sr. Pastor OB affectionately called “Mookie” grew up in the Princeton Park neighborhood on the southside of Chicago and was raised by his adoptive parents, W.P. & Doris Clemons. Both loved and reared Pastor OB to be the best he could in everything he sought out to do. Ms. Doris, W.P., father, George, sister Marsha, grandparents and a host of others preceded him in death.
     Pastor OB received his early childhood education from Gillespie Elementary School where he graduated from the eighth grade and then entered George H. Corliss before he transferred to Roseland Community School where he received his high school diploma and briefly received his post-secondary education at Black Hawk Community College.
     Pastor OB received the Call of Christian Discipleship at a young age and was baptized as a Candidate of Baptism under the late Dr. Clay Evans of the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Under Dr. Clay Evans & The Ship is where Pastor OB started his love for music. Before becoming the masterful musician that he was, Pastor OB first love was the drums and then without any formal training, you would see Pastor OB teaching himself to play the piano and organ. At The Ship, Pastor OB “Mookie” was very mischievous and decided one day in the middle of church service would bring in a pack of dogs. You could imagine the reaction from the congregants and Pastor Evans. He sure did get a spanking that day not only by his mother “Ms. Doris” but by Pastor Evans as well.
     Pastor OB’s musical background expands decades and we cannot name all the of churches he has been the Minister Of Music or organist of but here the most notable; Evening Star Baptist Church, Chicago, IL-the late Bishop Vesta Dixon was Pastor, Pentecostal Assemblies now New Oil Christian Center, Minneapolis, MN-Bishop Bruce Carpenter-Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul, MN-Rev. Henry Bonner-Pastor, Higher Ground COGIC, St. Cloud, MN-Rev. James Alberts-Pastor, Nu Way Missionary Baptist Church, St. Cloud/Minneapolis, MN-the late Rev. Willie G, McAfee and Rev. Elijah Wright-Pastors and many others. He also played and preached at the state level of the Minnesota State of Baptist Convention.
     Pastor OB began preaching and teaching the Word of God as he was licensed to preach the gospel in 1991 and ordained as God’s messenger under the late Pastor Willie G. McAfee in 2009-2010. Pastor OB’s love of the word of God has allowed him to preach in many big arenas.
     Pastor OB found the love of his life and biggest cheerleader, First Lady Angela Tell-Powell and in October of 2006, they were married. To this union, Tytanesha Chappel, Matt Dixon, Tavion Overton and Obataye Powell, Jr. “Lil OB” was born. They lived a very blessed, joyful and prosperous life together. He took care of his family and made sure they had everything they needed and wanted.
     Pastor OB heeded to God’s call once again and in the spring of 2018, founded and organized, The New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of St. Cloud, MN. Under his pastorate, The New Ship grew by leaps and bounds. They began to feed the homeless, clothe the naked and provide resources to assist students of elementary and high school who were struggling in their classes by sponsoring an after-school program where students could come get tutored in those classes that they were facing the most challenges in. Pastor OB was a community leader and activist by working with Higher Works Collaborative and the Homeless Helping the Homeless where he served as Assistant Director that housed adult men from all walks of life.
     Pastor OB had so many gifts and talents. Alongside being a gifted musician and songwriter, teacher, director and singer, he also knew how to cut hair.
     On Thursday, June 8, 2023, Pastor OB was called home from his earthly tabernacle to his heavenly home, with his loving wife and helpmeet by his side, his children, Pastor friends and co-laborers in the gospel, his church family and many other friends and relatives. He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife First Lady Angela Tell-Powell, his mother Linda Powell, his mother in love, Mother Eanger Tell, Children- Monique Powell, Melissa Powell, Jamal Powell, Ashley Powell, Obataye O. Powell, Jr, Tytanesha Chappel, MattDixon, Tavion Overton, and Erika Sykes, sisters in love, Wiline and Sharon Tell, Debra Lorraine Reese (Winnie), Angel Jones and Lorraine Wilson, brothers in love, William Tell and Eddie Jones, sister Minister Sonja R. Jones, brother Elder Lang F. Turner. aunts Judy Hill and Claudette Brown, uncle, Howard Brown, 17 grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, a band of preacher buddies that are his brothers, his New Ship family and a host of friends and other relatives. Revelation 14:13 KJV: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
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