State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Rep. Jay Powell

December 16, 2019
By Darrell Sutton

The Post-Searchlight, Bainbridge
Mitchell County Enterprise-Journal, Camilla
The Moultrie Observer

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Camilla attorney and state Rep. Alfred J. “Jay” Powell Jr., whose untimely passing Nov. 26 has left us all saddened.

Rep. Powell’s distinguished legal career spanned 42 years and included a longstanding private practice as a partner in Powell & Erwin P.C. in Camilla and service as a judge for the Municipal Court of Camilla and as a past president of the Mitchell County Bar Association.

The hallmark of Rep. Powell’s career was public service. He served as mayor of Camilla from 1996 to 2007. Then in 2008 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, serving as the voice for the people of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties at the State Capitol. It did not take long for Rep. Powell’s fellow legislators to learn what Rep. Powell’s constituents already knew, and he soon entered House leadership. He served as chairman of the influential Ways & Means Committee, which oversees tax policy for the state of Georgia, and, later, the Rules Committee, which handles the flow of legislation and decides the measures to be considered on the House floor.

Rep. Powell will be as missed and fondly remembered by Georgia’s legal community as he will by the people of South Georgia that he so ably served. We appreciate the many contributions he made during his admirable career and his exemplary service to the public and the justice system of our state. 

Darrell Sutton
President, State Bar of Georgia