Jerryl Patrice, aka Jay, J.P.
J.P. “Jay’ Powe gave cancer the fight of a lifetime and left spiritual inspiration for us all.
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
When a loved one becomes sick with a disease like cancer, the whole world changes around you. You start to question things you probably never questioned before. You begin to search for the meanings and reasons behind the tribulation in your life. Kenneth P. Powe is walking that road now.
On Friday, October 22, Powe lost his beloved wife, Jerryl P. Powe, aka J.P. “Jay” Powe, to cancer. They had been married for 42 years and have two daughters, Anissa and Shana.
The Powe family are members of the First Church of God. J.P. was a spiritual woman determined to fight the ‘challenge’ within her body.
J.P. was one the first of seven children born J.P. “Jay” Carter on July 29, 1950, to Patricia Margaret Butler and Jerry Carter, Sr. in Los Angeles, California. She had a strong character and was a true big sister. She accepted her “High Priest, Jesus,” at the age of eleven and trusted Him throughout her life.
She attended several elementary schools including Edison Junior High School and would later graduate from John C. Fremont High School in 1968. J.P. was a “Pathfinder” at Fremont High School and was crowned as a Cotton Day Princess. She stayed in touch with her fellow classmates until recently.
J.P. went to work for the city of Los Angeles and worked in several departments over the years. She has worked in Scientific Investigations and Crime Lab to name a few. J.P. ended up working for the Department of Water and Power (DWP), and retired in 2006. She acquired many lifelong friends while working for the city.
At 18, J.P. met the man that would become her husband, Kenneth P. Powe. He was a proud Marine and after his honorable discharge at the age of 22, he married J.P. Carter on October 11, 1968, three months after Jay’s 18th birthday.
As time went on, the Powe’s moved from an upscale apartment on the Westside to Inglewood, California. They were very involved with their community as watch commander leaders, block club party organizers and city council influentials.
J.P. took her health seriously and made sure she had mammogram checks. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of 2006. Her cancer was in stage 3 and at that point was considered deadly. J.P. under went chemotherapy and a mastectomy.
“She used to get a mammogram every year,” said Powe. After one examination, there were signs that J.P. could have malignancy in her breast. “They removed her breast and a bunch of lymph nodes under her arm. We were fine for a while.”
The cancer returned and metastasized in her body. J.P. continued with her chemo treatments and a strong spiritual conviction that she would be well. “My wife was really positive and a really good Christian,” said Powe. “We never actually used the word ‘cancer’ in the house. We always called it a ‘challenge.'”
J.P. continued to live her life in spite of the cancer. She did all that was required of her with keeping appointments, medicine and added spiritual strength. “It never got us down, we never dwelled on it. It was there, but we never gave it credit,” said Powe. “We stayed positive, did everything we were supposed to do.”
The spiritual strength that was given to her by the Lord, the loving support of her husband and her family would serve as a soft transition to glory. J.P. succumbed to her fight with cancer slipping into a coma. With a heavy heart, Powe continues ahead with the same strength J.P. had in life. He had encouraging words for those who may be going through the same thing.
“Keep right on going, doing everything you’re going to do,” is Powe’s advice to cancer patients and their families. He recommended staying positive, surrounding yourself with family and keeping the faith no matter what. Despite her passing, Powe still has hope and maintains his faith.
Jerryl Patrice, aka Jay, J.P., leaves behind, her loving husband Kenneth, her two lovely daughters, Anissa and Shana, her mother, Patricia Margaret, her grandchildren, who gave her great joy, Maya and Madison, her sisters, Marylin and Theresa, her brothers, Jerry, Jr., Eugene, Eric and LaVal, Sr., her sister-in-law Trish and brother-in-law Keith (wife’s name here), nieces and nephews, Shelley, Steven ,Jr., Kendra, Rochelle, Vaughn, LaTasha, Melissa, LaVal, Jr. and Eric, Jr., her cousins-Tony, Darnell, Clint, Curtis, Poncho, Henry, Maurice, Velma and LaVerne, her Uncle Clyde and her Aunt Hattie, step-father Oscar and a slew of other relatives, family, friends and neighbors.
We miss you already Mama, J.P., “MeMa” and play Al Green in your remembrance-Love and Happiness.
Rest in Peace beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, friend, relative and neighbor.
We love you and will miss you much.