FAMU mourns loss of alumna

The service for E. Mychelle Powell, 38, a 2004 Florida A&M University graduate, was held on Saturday at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

The Tallahassee native died on Aug. 21 in her hometown after a long battle with cancer.

Powell earned a bachelors degree from the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

A graphics major, she was employed by the Department of State.

Arvid Mukes, associate dean of FAMU’s division of graphic communication, remembers Powell well.

“She will truly be missed by those who knew her best and those in the Division of Graphic Communication,” he said.

Mukes remembered Powell as a personable individual who helped those less fortunate than herself. When he was sick, Mukes said Powell made it a point to visit him.

Mukes wasn’t the only professor saddened by his former student’s loss. Vincent Blyden, professor of Graphic Communication, said although Powell didn’t attend FAMU at the traditional age, she was very studious.

“It’s always sad to lose young people who had promising careers,” Blyden said.

Powell’s viewing was held on Friday.

She is survived by her parents, Isaac Powell Sr. and Henrietta Ford, along with her brother James Graham.