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Spenser Flinn Powell

Birth Date: February 20, 1990
Death Date: May 29, 2018

Spenser Flinn Powell, 28, of Knoxville, TN, passed away May 29, 2018, in Memphis, TN, with an overwhelming number of friends and family by his side. He was born to Jeffrey Flinn Powell and Sonia Denise Faulkner Brown on February 20, 1990. Spenser graduated from Houston High School, the University of Tennessee (‘12), and the University of Tennessee Law School (‘17). Spenser was honored as the Most Outstanding Graduate from his fellow classmates, faculty, and staff. He was the Valedictorian of his law school class and had the distinction of being the only student in the history of the Law School to have perfect scores in all classes.

As a member of the National Moot Court Team, Spenser was named best oralist at the regional competition in which the team went on to the national competition in New York and had the second best brief in the country.

He was named to Order of the Barristers, an international moot court honorary society with limited membership. He received the Susan Devitt Moot Court Award; he shared with his team the Ogden Sullivan brief-writing award; and he was awarded the McClung Medal, the highest award given by the faculty to the most outstanding member of UT Moot Court.

He served as a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Thomas A. Varlan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. In August, he was going to begin his judicial clerkship for Judge Carolyn King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. He was set to become an associate in the litigation group of Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville upon completion of his clerkships.

In the words of Professor Penny White of UT Law School, “He never said no to anything anyone asked of him. Never.”

Spenser enjoyed hiking, biking, and running and was a phenomenal artist. He enjoyed being an advocate for those in need, was a friend to all, and a superhero to his brothers and sisters. Spenser died as he lived, striving to reach a goal in running a half marathon.

Spenser is survived by his parents Jeffrey Flinn Powell, Sonia Denise Faulkner Brown, and Richard Allan Brown, Jr.; his brothers Buddy Ray Ladd, Nolan Michael Brown, Graham Matthew Brown and sisters Ashley Marie Powell and Lillian Grace Powell. He also leaves behind his grandparents, Dr. Thomas Hickey, Bettye Jo Powell, and Alice and Fred Bryant. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dr. Sonja Sherrill Hickey and his grandfather L.D. Powell. He is also survived by the love of his life, girlfriend, Elizabeth Holland, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, TN. The visitation will be June 9th, 2018, at 1:30pm, funeral at 2:30pm, and concluding with a reception following the graveside service.

June 9, 2018
1:30 pm
- 2:30 pm
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119
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Funeral service
June 9, 2018
2:30 pm
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119
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  1. Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

    Written by: Elizabeth Hancock

    Rick & Family,

    I am in awe of this brilliant young man and shocked by the loss. Condolences and prayers for you all. May God hold you close now and forever.

  2. I will always remember Spenser as a man of outstanding intelligence, wit, virtue, and above all else, kindness. I am proud and honored to have known him, and to have called him my friend. Sending my deepest condolences to all of his loved ones in the wake of this immense loss.

    “You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing.”
    –The Little Prince

  3. The first time I saw you I thought you were awesome. Watching you from becoming a young boy to a handsome young man. I’m glad I got to see you last year. Fly High Angel. I will always love you. Prayers for everyone. God Bless.

  4. Nonni & Pop Pop

    Written by: Alice & Fred Bryant

    Spenser is one of our shining stars. We love you so much and we are so proud of you.
    Nonni and PopPop

  5. Spenser was such a brilliant young man. He was kind and loving. One of the joys in our life has been snuffed out. We will miss him. One day we will meet again, what a joyous day that will be.
    We were Nonni and Pop Pop to Spenser, what an honor that is to us.
    We love you Spenser,

  6. To the family, loved ones and friends of Spenser Flinn Powell. I was riveted in reading on the TBA website the astounding academic, professional and personal achievements of this special young man taken from all of you so suddenly and the loss to each of you of his loving presence and brilliant promise.
    At moments such as these, I hope that you will find comfort in one another and appreciate the blessings that young Spenser brought to you during his brief but spectacular time on this earth, and that your trust does not waver that the wisdom of the Lord will provide him a special place in the world beyond our mortal ken which will only reveal itself over the eternity that is the domain of the Lord. May God bless you in your present agony and know that Spenser will always remain in your lives. Please accept my condolences and my joy that Spenser was with you even if for a brief time.


    Written by: Sharon Ellis


  8. Please accept my sincere condolences of Spenser’s passing. I met Spenser while judging practice rounds of the National Moot Court Team. As a former team member, I was impressed with Spenser’s mastery of his craft at such a young age. Moreover, he was kind and fun to be around. He will undoubtedly be missed.

  9. Alan

    Written by: Alan Rawls

    I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Spenser closely while we were together at law school, but he was a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss and May God grant you peace.

  10. Spenser was a truly outstanding human being. He was brilliant, and a dedicated, loving friend to so many people. We are so grateful for his friendship with our son, Alex. It was such a blessing to have him in our lives.

  11. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Spenser closely while we were together at law school, but he was a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace in this time.

  12. God Bless You

    Written by: Denise Seebode

    My daughter shared this with me as she is a friend and fellow lae student with your son and Elizabeth. I am heartbroken for you and your family and have many prayers sent your way. I truly understand the pain you are feeling having to face this path with your dear son. Hold onto your faith and relish in the memories and knowledge of the kind of man your son was. Obviously God has bigger plans for him. My heart goes out to all of you. God bless you

  13. Our deepest condolences in the loss of your most precious son. We will always cherish our time with him and may the Lord grant you peace in your suffering.

  14. My deepest condolences! Spencer was such a brilliant and astute student of the law, a gentleman of the highest integrity, and a great asset to the entire justice system. He will be greatly missed. May God grant you peace and healing.

  15. Tim Albonetti

    Written by: Tim Albonetti

    Jeff and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My prayers of comfort, peace and understanding are with you and your family. My heart truly breaks for you. God bless.

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