Eugene "Gene" Patrick Powers, Jr.


Born in: Savannah, GA
Resided in: Rome, GA

Gene Patrick Powers was “raised right” in an Irish-Catholic community in Savannah, Georgia. He was a gifted social worker and exuberant university professor, touching the lives of anyone he encountered, and he instilled these kind, nurturing qualities in every student he taught.

Gene lived and worked in Northern Ireland for sixteen years, where he raised his three children, Hannah, Rory, and Colin. He also started the Portstewart Eagles, one of Northern Irelands first Little League Baseball teams, which he coached for many years, whilst also helplessly trying to dodge the rain.

Having spent the last eight years of his life in Rome, Georgia, Gene taught at Dalton State College, wrote novels and poetry, and rode his motorcycle “Big Red” every chance he could get. Gene became “Pappy Monk” to his first grandchild, Henry Arthur Taylor in 2019, for which he heroically rode across the country from Rome, GA to Los Angeles, CA to be there the day Henry was born.

Impressively, with how busy he kept himself, Gene authored 10 novels, and carved out a unique genre of literature. He is the author of seven books in the series ‘An American-Irish-Philosophical-Romance-Murder Mystery ” and three in ‘The Adventures of Sid: A Ninja-Buddhist Detective.’

Sadly, Gene Powers passed away on the 10th of July, 2020, but his legacy lives on in his children, grandchild, his family, his friends, and in his numerous published works. Gene was a wonderful father, pappy, and brother. He was a great man who feared little, and he was always there for those around him, be them known or strangers. He will be missed by all that knew him, and his bright spirit and love of life will live on in those who had the sincere pleasure of his company.

A gathering to celebrate Gene’s life will be held at a future date.

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  1. Brandi says:

    Thank you for a lifetime of memories. I’ll always carry with me the “river” story, and will always remember your upbeat, funny, and sweet personality. You were the best professor. Thank you for being the epitome of what a social worker should be. From one baseball fan to another, rest on high.

  2. Tracy says:

    You will always be my favorite profesor. You filled me with so much encouragement, your end of class speeches made me feel like we could save the world. The Star Fish story will always be with me. Although I only had the pleasure of your company for a few years; I can truly say you are the kindest soul I have ever met. You are loved by many and will forever be missed by many. May we meet again one day.

  3. Russell says:

    A beacon of love and kindness. You are missed.

  4. Kathleen (Kathy) Kenney Brown says:

    My love and prayers for the Powers family. Such wonderful memories of our childhood. Although, I was older,Gene always tolerated the pranks that my sisters, (Maria and Klair) and his sister, Maureen Would pull on him. May he RIP and his family heal during this difficult time🙏

  5. Tamara Shoemaker says:

    My first social work professor and the one who left a permanent mark on my heart. I’ll work on the river for you.

  6. John Fitzgerald says:

    Rest in peace, Gene.

  7. Terry Powers says:

    My dear cousin Gene.

  8. Peter Roberts says:

    A great guy….knee him long ago in Savannah

  9. Elaine says:

    Gene was my social work practice teacher back in 2010 in coleraine. He was a lovely person and very encouraging. I often think about him when we get students in our office when I look back and chat about my student days. He was one of the good guys. 👍 he was only person I knew backbthen who drank iced tea ! Lol

  10. David Williams says:

    Gene was a regular at the local cigar bar in Rome, GA, and a very well-versed conversationalist and a great listener. I wish I had half the sweetness and kindness he had. All the best.

  11. Diane Berge says:

    Gene was my social work instructor at Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in the early 1980’s. Remarkably kind, intuitive, and genuine. He helped to make this world a better place.

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