John S. (Johnny) Powers, 75 of Greeneville, passed away Monday, February 27 th at Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.\nHe was a charter member of the South Greene Volunteer Fire Department of which he served 33 years as Chief. In 2021, he was recognized by the Tennessee General Assembly as the longest serving Chief in Tennessee’s history. Johnny began working at Russell Hardware at 15 years old. A job he continued for over 20 years which included his work with the Russell family by being what many considered as Ben Russell’s right hand as they managed Planter’s Warehouses during Greene County’s Burley Tobacco peak. He was instrumental in bringing Johnson City Chemical Company to Greene County, which he managed from 1982 until his retirement February 2022.\nJohnny’s passion for Fire, Farm, & Family was ever present in most every aspect of his life. The three seemed to intertwine perfectly as Johnny referred to the South Greene Fire Department members as his second family and shared stories about the multiple generations of farmers who passed through Johnson City Chemical during the last few years of his employment.\nJohnny loved to talk about a new experience in life as he gained his first grandson John Stephen Powers III in January 1994 followed by Mitchell Taylor Powers 1995, Heath Crum 1995 and Rachel Crum 1997. The grandkids began to encompass most of his activities and brought him much pride. He anxiously gained his first great-grandson, Liam Powers in 2022 and his first great-granddaughter, Stevie Crum in 2023.\nSurvivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois Birdwell Powers, daughter, Julia (Mike) Crum, son, John\nStephen II (Brye) Powers. Sister, Margorie Tilly of Marion NC, brother, George (Charlene) Powers of\nEasley, SC, and brothers-in-law, Jerry Hoyle, Johnny (Ann) Birdwell, Luke Birdwell, Jay (Ann) Birdwell, sister-in-law Jean "Leo" Birdwell, Four Grandchildren, John Stephen III (Kayla) Powers, Mitchell (Chloe) Powers, Heath (Madison) Crum, Rachel Crum and Adam Johnson. Two Great Grandchildren, Liam Powers and Stevie Crum. Several nieces and nephews.\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Esther Powers, brother, Paul Allen Powers, sisters, Marianna LaRue and Janice Hoyle.\nVisitation will be held Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the First Church of God, 1505 W. Main St., from 3:00 – 6:00pm Graveside service will be held Friday March 10, 2023 at 11am in Greene Lawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends are asked to meet at Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service downtown at 10:30 am Fri to go in procession to the cemetery. Pastor Nathan Leasure will officiate. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the South Greene Fire Department and employees of Johnson City Chemical. The family asked that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the South Greene Volunteer Fire Department, C/O Teddy Reaves, 680 River Rd., Greeneville, TN 37743.