Lavelle Alexander Powell was born on November 9, 1969, to proud parents, Gloria Powell and Leroy Couch. He was the only child of these wonderful parents. He had a very kind heart, and he loved his family. He was a very smart guy who picked up things very easily. He was very caring, very easygoing, and a very funny guy. He was a very good friend to everyone he knew, and everyone was a friend to him. He didn’t really get mad at anyone. He was very supportive of his family and friends. He was very sharp in math, and he had a de nite way with words. ere wasn’t a paper that he didn’t get the top grades for, and he’d help you write your paper, too. He was a very loving guy, a jokester, and he loved watching movies. He loved putting together model cars. He loved rap music, especially Tupac Shakur. Lavelle was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended St. Columbanus Roman Catholic Church School in Chicago for elementary school and was part of the class of 1984. He graduated from Mendel Catholic Preparatory High School with the class of 1988. He also attended Benedictine University (then St. Benedictine College) in Lisle, Illinois, and Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois. He majored in Kinesiology and Physical Education. He excelled in his classwork and was the delight of his teachers. He loved to cook, creating culinary delights in the kitchen. He absolutely loved eating pizza and grilling Scott Petersen hot dogs. He loved keeping the house clean, grocery shopping, doing laundry, and ironing. He was a very neat person. Lavelle was a very successful basketball player, winning many awards. He played basketball in high school, and he earned scholarships to play in college. He o en made the headline news for scoring and for being the MVP (most valuable player) in the Chicagoland area. He was selected as an Athletic All-American in high school. Lavelle was very quick on his feet, especially when scoring. Basketball was truly the love of his life, and he spent many hours playing, coaching, mentoring younger players, and watching basketball games. Many times, he would rather play basketball than eat. He was a diehard Chicago Bulls fan. He also loved watching football—the Green Bay Packers were his team! He was very industrious, working hard to support himself and to get his education as well. He did very well at every job where he worked. He worked in security services and in transportation. He got his CDL license and worked for Greyhound Bus Company, and then later he worked in the trucking industry. He more recently worked as an agent for Financial Education Services. On August 10, 1990, he gave his heart to God and was baptized by Pastor Phillip Willis at the Shiloh SDA Church in Chicago, Illinois. Later, he moved his membership to the Emmanuel SDA Church in Chicago Heights, where he rededicated his life to the Lord through baptism by Pastor Humphreys on December 2, 2001. He would occasionally sing tenor with the Emmanuel SDA Choir. Lavelle naturally became a part of the Christian Fellowship League (CFL), playing volleyball and basketball. He also was a member of the Illinois Masonic Lodge Joshua Chapter 43. Later on in life, he moved to Lombard and started attending Evangelical Bible Church of Chicago, Illinois. He continued to work for the Lord. He was a member of the usher board there and was very dedicated to the Youth Ministry department. He continued to help others in as many ways as he could, through giving and caring. He’d had some health challenges, and very unexpectedly, on July 11, 2021, Lavelle passed away, leaving a huge void in the hearts and lives of all who knew and loved him. Lavelle was preceded in death by: his father, Leroy Couch, and his wife, Victoria Brown. He is survived by: his only daughter, Jessica Powell and her son (his grandson), Kamal Malik Williams II; his mother, Gloria Powell; his brother, Fabian Payton; his stepchildren, Fredrick Morris, Valencia Morris, Malachi Morris, and Miciah Morrison; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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