Cedric Powers was born on January 24, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Clyde and Beatrice Powers. Cedric was the third of eight children, four of whom proceeded him in death; Howard Powers, Janet Murlone, Nolan Powers, and Libby Strimple.
Cedric was educated in Detroit Public Schools. Cedric graduated from Northwestern High School. He attended Wayne County Community College where he obtained an associates degree in Business. He later enlisted in the United States Army. Cedric served in the Vietnam War and was Honorably Discharged in July 1970. He was employed with Ford Motor Company and retired in 1994.
Cedric married Irene Gardner and to that union Cedric Sean Powers was born.
Cedric met the love of his life, Patricia Powers while out on a night of dancing. They were united in marriage in January 1982. They relocated from Detroit Michigan to Tulsa Oklahoma after retirement.
Cedric loved being around family. He was funny and had a great sense of humor. His sense of humor was one of his many characteristics that drew people to him. He was unique and very out spoken, whatever came up…came out. If he didn’t like something or someone, you knew it. He loved rollerskating, dancing, movies, playing cards (Bidwhist), and old cars. Cedric loved and was meticulous about his attire. He was always well manicured and well groomed.His adoration for apparel prompted him to give advice to his nephews on men’s etiquette. Cedric had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. Although he appeared intimidating to many, he was a gentle giant inside. As children, his nieces and nephews will remember him most for saying “All you monsters to the back”. He was always motivating and supportive of the kids. When the ice cream truck came around, you better believe Uncle Cedric was there to buy ice cream for them. Sean recalls the day Cedric took him bowling, taught him how to play the card game Uno, and gave him a necklace that he bought from a vending machine. Cedric would never end a conversation or visit with his family without saying “I love you”. Cedric faced many hardships during his lifetime but through it all, he overcame it and remained positive. Even during his illness, Cedric’s priority was his wife Patricia.
He leaves to mourn and cherish his wife Patricia Powers, three children, Tanya Bergen, Cedric Sean Powers and Jamilah Hibbler; three siblings, Diane Garner, Clyde Powers Jr., and Evelyn Hale Taylor; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, grandchildren and friends.