Eloise Allison Powell, age 81, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, December 13, 2005. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 16 at 2 P.M. at the Mason-Ward-Rogers Funeral Home, 1190 McEver Road, Gainesville. The Reverends Gerry Davis and Carrie Austin will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens, Gainesville. Mrs. Powell was predeceased by her husband, O.L. Powell. She was a long-standing member of Chicopee United Methodist Church. She is survived by her brother, V.C. Allison of Gainesville, sister and brother-in-law, Gene and Sam Coker of Atlanta, and was predeceased by a sister, Myrtle Allison Day. Also surviving are nieces, Cathy Coker Brewer and husband, Oby, of Atlanta, Carol Coker Bennett of Valdosta, and Doris Day Kretzing, and husband, Paul of Waldorf, Maryland, also nephew, Bobby Day, and wife, Nancy of Colorado Springs. Step-sons and wives surviving are, Richard D. and Marie Ann Powell, Michael D. and Dianne Powell, Anthony O.L. and Emily Powell, all of Lawrenceville, and Philip W. and Elizabeth Powell of Richmond, VA. Also many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great nieces and nephew and one great-great niece, Anna. Her quiet nature belied her rich experiences. During World War II, Mrs. Powell served in the Pentagon on the staff of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, also working with Amelia Earhart's husband at the Department of Defense. From 1947 until 1954, Mrs. Powell was the personal secretary to Dr. Charles Allen of Grace United Methodist Church, Atlanta, typing and editing many of his well-known Christian books. Following the death of her father, the Rev. R.W. Allison, Mrs. Powell returned to Gainesville to work in the private sector as an executive secretary to the CEOs of Chicopee Manufacturing Company and Owen of Georgia, Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Chicopee United Methodist Church, 5 First Street, Gainesville, Georgia 30504. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2 P.M. on Friday, December 16, at the funeral home. Mason-Ward-Rogers Funeral Home, Gainesville, GA, 770-287-0220.