The Caddo Herald
April 23, 1926
Sidney Powell Killed, Automobile Accident
George Sidney Powell, of Durant, aged 25, garage proprietor, was instantly killed on the Jefferson Highway, near the fish hatchery, late Friday afternoon when an automobile he was driving overturned and crushed his head.
The tragic accident occurred when Mr. Powell suddenly applied the emergency brake to avoid hitting a mule, which attempted to cross the road just as they started to pass it, according to Ray Tyson, who was with the deceased. Tyson was uninjured except for a few minor bruises. His escape without injury was miraculous.
Mr. Tyson said the brakes when applied failed to catch on the right wheels, thus causing the car to flip over, landing on its side with Mr. Powell’s head pinned underneath. B. K. Pate came along immediately and helped Mr. Tyson to remove the machine from Mr. Powell, who was dead when the body was removed.
Powell was born in Texas, Oct. 4, 1900. The family moved to Caddo in 1903 and later moved to Durant. Sidney was educated in Caddo public schools and Southeastern State Teacher’s College. While in school he was popular in student circles and sports, having been a letter man for three years on the S.T.C. football team. At the time of his death he was one of Durant’s most popular young men, an industrious and competent workman, and had many friends. He is survived by a wife and 4-year-old son; a mother, Mrs. Scott Powell; a brother, C. J. Powell, and a sister, Beatrice Powell.
Funeral services were conducted at the First Presbyterian Church in Durant, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. W. N. Sholl, pastor, officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Durant.