January 2, 1963
Stone County native Dick Powell died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Powell was a musician, actor, and director. An ambitious man always pursuing new avenues for his creativity, Powell experimented with different media (radio, film, and television) at a time when not many did. The films of which he was a part ranged from 1930s comical musicals to 1940s films noir.