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Anthony “Tony” Houston

Anthony “Tony” Houston Powell, 58, of Collinsville, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021, at his home.

 Tony was born March 9, 1963, to Houston Carpenter and Noreen (Nussbaum) Powell in Texarkana, Texas.

 He worked for many years at Precoat Metals as a laborer. He also worked as a youth counselor for Chestnut Health Systems. He was the treasurer of his AA group that he had been in and recovering for 12 years. Tony was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville.

 He was a family man, devoted father, and loving husband. He was the family’s biggest cheerleader and supporter. A fighter who always took situations and problems head on, and stayed positive doing so. He believed in working hard and playing hard. His generosity was felt by many as he donated to numerous foundations.

 He was a history buff and loved reading. He enjoyed reading so much that he never left home without a book. Tony was very funny (according to himself), he would even laugh at his own jokes, many of which were dad jokes that embarrassed his children.

 Tony was a social guy who loved to talk; he liked to get his two cents in, and would talk to everyone. He enjoyed bowling and being a part of the 5 different leagues that he was on.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Houston Powell; mother, Noreen Betts, and brother, Richard Horning.

 Surviving; are his wife of 25 years, Kim Powell of Collinsville; children: William Powell of Collinsville, Elizabeth Powell of Collinsville, Jake (Connie) Bryant of Swansea, and Amanda (Chris) Gerstenecker of Edwardsville; step-father, Thomas Betts of Maryville; grandchildren: Lisa Bryant, Kayla Gerstenecker, and Grayson Gerstenecker; brother, Russ (Tina) Powell of New Douglas; step-brother, Mike (Becky) Betts of Greenville; sister, Sue (Rich) Delmore of Fairview Heights; mother and father-in-law, Fred and Carol Alley of Collinsville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Herr Funeral Home, Collinsville, Illinois. Funeral service will start at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Buck Road Cemetery, Maryville, Illinois.

 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society P.O Box 22478, Oklahoma, OK 73123 or American Battlefield Trust, P.O Box 79535, Baltimore, MD 21279-0535.

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