Paris Foster Powers, 59, was born June 27, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri. Parris passed away June 28, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. at the Skyline Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
Paris was a 1975 graduate of Meridian 101 High School in Mounds, Illinois. During his years at Meridian, he was active in science and speech classes. Due to his asthma, he could not take part in active sports, but he became a member of Coach Jim Byassee’s Bobcats Basketball Teams by being the official scorekeeper for 5 years, starting when he was in 8th grade. Paris earned both his BS and MS Degrees from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1991, he started his teaching careers at Volunteer State Community College in Nashville where he was a well-loved and respected chemistry professor. Searching for and collecting rocks and fossils was a lifelong interest. Paris was an avid reader and became a seasonal traveler. Professor Powers, by himself or with some of his students, traveled across the United States representing Vol. State. These travels included a trip to Ireland for three weeks in May of 2015 for Paris and four students.
Paris is survived by his son, Christian Foster, and wife, Allison Powers of Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Summer Powers of Nashville, Tennessee; his father, Dr. Marvin F. Powers of Paducah, Kentucky; his mother, Ledillon Patrick Powers, of Olmsted; his sister, Lisa and husband, Steve Dowd, of Birmingham, Alabama; brothers, Stacy and wife, Teresa Powers, of Anna, Patrick and wife, Christy Powers of Royalton; he is also survived by nieces, Taylor Powers and Aaren Sunderman, as well as a large host of friends.
A gathering of friends and family to share memories and to celebrate the life of Professor Parris Foster Powers will be Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak. Memorial services will be held at 12 noon at the funeral home with Rev. Steve Heisner officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Meridian 101 High School Science Department, c/o Lawanda Green, 1401 Mounds Road, Mounds, Illinois, 62964. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.