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Walter  Connally Powell, Jr., (Walt)
  • Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, All Saints Episcopal School, both in Tyler, Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (www.responsiblepetowners.org), Pints for Prostates (www.pintsforprostates.org) or to a charity of your choice.

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“live peace ”
1 of 42 | Posted by: eshan chandrarathan - kandy

“live peace ”
2 of 42 | Posted by: eshan chandrarathan - kandy

“Thinking often how blessed I was to have known such a wonderful person. Memories with you are forever. ”
3 of 42 | Posted by: Cheryl Ward - Austin, TX

“Oh Bolivia, our hearts are with you. Nothing is so hard as to lose a child ( no matter how old)! Joyce and Dick Finnegan ”
4 of 42 | Posted by: Joyce Finnegan - Plymouth, MA

“It has been a year and you are so dearly missed. We will be gathering tonight at Flix and Homefield to celebrate your life and your many...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Cheryl Ward - Austin, TX - friend

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
6 of 42 | Posted by: Donald l & MaryAnnHall - KY

“Bolivia and Connolly- my heart is broken over the loss of your walty- I remember him at Katie's birthday parties when he was just a little boy....Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: linda toney - tyler, TX - friend

“Connally and Bolivia: My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you both. May the peace of our Lord be with you and keep you in faith with Him. God Bless ”
8 of 42 | Posted by: Buddy Clarke

“I never met or spoke to Walt and had never heard if him until reading of his passing. Although difficult to manage, please feel proud and happy that...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Brian - Philadelphia, PA - None

“Amazing service yesterday at Flix Brewhouse. Walt was so loved and revered. My thoughts and prayers to Walt's family, friends and loved ones. ”
10 of 42 | Posted by: Rob Contreras - Austin, TX

“Under relationship, I put "friend and co-worker", but with Walt everyone would always be "friend and._______" because he was truly a friend to all...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Jan Parramore - Plano, TX

“Dear Connally & Bolivia,We are so very sorry for your overwhelming loss. Please know that you are in our every thought & prayer...and always will be...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: A friend

“You were such a great source of encouragement and knowledge. I could always count on a helping hand and a point in the right direction, usually...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Brandon Butterfield - Round Rock, TX

“Walt was an incredible guy. He had a smile that could light up a room and there's no way you could keep from smiling when you were around him. My...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Dana Bruner - Plano, TX

“Connally and Family: I am so sorry about Walt, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Take comfort in the fact that Walt is in a...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Ron Frederick - Midland, TX

“Connally and Bolivia Ive known Walt from the beginning until the end and he was always the perfect gentleman.I will be praying for the two of you as...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: Evelyn Hoover - Mesquite, TX

“Dear Connally & Bolivia, I am so sorry for your loss, God needed him more than we did, he's in a better place and I know we will all see him some day...Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: Kim Cox Griffin - Belton, TX

“Connally, Bolivia, Powell family, & Heather, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I considered Walt to be one of my closest friends. We can take...Read More »
18 of 42 | Posted by: Eric Gajdzis - Schwenksville, PA

“Bolivia, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are headed your way through this terrible time. ”
19 of 42 | Posted by: Gay Oltjenbruns - Atlanta, GA

“To say Walt was one of a kind is like saying KISS is a slightly flamboyant band. Walt was, and will always be, a larger-than-life ball of energy...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: Kevin "KAggie97" Scott - Spring, TX

“I'm sorry for your loss. My he rest in peace and stay in our prayers. ”
21 of 42 | Posted by: Matthias Kafel - Dallas, TX

“Connally and Bolivia, I am so very sorry for the loss of Walt. My family and I will keep you in our prayers and just know Walt is resting in Heaven...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: Shannon Rains

“You are in my prayers, and pray you find peace in your time of sorrow ”
23 of 42 | Posted by: Kay Lievens - Belton, TX

“Bolivia and Connally,My deepest sympathies over your loss of Walt. He clearly lived a full, albeit all too short life. I hope that your happy...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Sonny Lelle - Austin, TX - Friend

“Et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. ”
25 of 42 | Posted by: Zofia, Roman. Maciej, Mateusz, Martin , Mark KAFEL - TX

“To the Family of Walter Powell Jr., We send you thoughts of comfort. Ecclesiastes 3:12 says, “ I have come to know that there is nothing better for...Read More »
26 of 42 | Posted by: Thomas Libbey - Austin, Texas

“Bo and Connally words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you. Take comfort in the joy that Walt brought to you. For me, always remembering him in...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: LaRae Helstrom - Berryville, TX

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
28 of 42 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Bolivia and Connelly: Please know that we are thinking of you during this time in your life. So sorry about Walt! Margo and Joe Klingler ”
29 of 42 | Posted by: MARGO KLINGLER - BURKBURNERTT, TX

“Having served as organist for the wedding of Walt's parents, I also remember when Walt came along how happy and proud they were of him. Mostly I saw...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Grace Ann Wilson - Lufkin, TX

“REST IN PEACE WALT! YOU TAUGHT ME SO MUCH IN THE PAST FEW YEARS ABOUT MYSELF; WHO I AM, AND WHO I NEED TO BE. I'LL NEVER FORGET ALL THE LAUGHS AND...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Katelyn Trinity - AUSTIN, TX

“Bolivia & family, My heart aches for you. Please know my prayers are with you. If I can do anything to help, please just ask. Love you, Judy ”
32 of 42 | Posted by: Judy Franklin - Williamsburg, VA

“Walt, I always knew where I stood with you! I will miss your car parked in the loading dock, watching us park so as not to be too close to it!...Read More »
33 of 42 | Posted by: Ron DeRenzo - Double Oak, TX

“Walt, my buddy. You left us way too soon. But you packed an entire lifetime into those 33 years. I'll miss you badly. ”
34 of 42 | Posted by: Mark Romero - Nolanville, TX

“Bolivia and Connally - What a precious son ! I remember babysitting Walt when he was little and he was such a joy ! I've thought of you all often...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Anne Simpson Evans - Houston, TX

“Bolivia and Connally, My heart is broken for both of you. Precious Walt! What great memories we shared when you guys were in Tyler. What an amazing...Read More »
36 of 42 | Posted by: Janet (Ray) and John Hills - TX

“Walt was for me the greatest boss, a good friend and never missed an opportunity to teach, help out, or hit you with a practical joke. Having the...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Rohan Sreenivasan - Round Rock, TX

“Homefield Grill became mine and my husband's Date Night place. Partly because of the beer (ok, a large part), and partly because of the atmosphere. ...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Becky Crownover - Round Rock, TX

“So sorry to hear of your loss, Conally and Bolivia. your are in our thoughts and prayers! ”
39 of 42 | Posted by: Gary Peacock - Knoxville, TN

“I only had the privlage of knowing Walt for about a year. In that time he has taught me so many things I will never forget. A great boss but a better...Read More »
40 of 42 | Posted by: Brandon Hadlock - Austin, TX

“I still can't believe that you are gone. I will miss you lots. Rest well Walt. See you on the other side. Love you. ”
41 of 42 | Posted by: Kristen Hall - Lufkin, TX

“Walt, I never had the opportunity to know you as the person you grew to be.. I know I would have liked to have known you . I did however meet you (...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: Kurt Garmaker - Marietta, GA


Walter Connally Powell, Jr. (Walt), 33, widely known and admired in both the hospitality industry and craft beer community, died unexpectedly of natural causes Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Austin, Texas. He was born on December 26, 1979 in Tyler, Texas, the only child of Walter Connally Powell and Bolivia C. Powell. At the time of death Walt was Vice President of Operations, Flix Entertainment Group, where he co-developed and operated the Flix Brewhouse and HomeField Grill concepts in Round Rock, Texas.

In addition to both parents, Walt is survived by special friend Heather L. Klein, and a host of other family members as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Delbert L. Powell, Martha Ann Connally Cassel and Joe B. Cassel, and B.L. and Lottie Belle Collins.

Growing up in Tyler, this future beer eminence served Christ Episcopal Church as a devoted member of the youth choir and appeared as a child actor in local civic theater productions. As a youngster, Walt was a skilled Ventriloquist and Magician. At age 11, while a student at All Saints Episcopal School, Walt attended Space Camp junior astronaut training at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama, where he won the award for most outstanding cadet.

Active in sports, Walt was a fearless black diamond skier on the slopes of Crested Butte, Colorado and a skilled marksman. A lifelong animal lover, his shooting targets were mostly on paper. He also was an avid fly fisherman, tying his own flies. In 1988 Walt was a Page to Queen Lora Beth Clyde in the Texas Rose Festival. Later, he also was an Escort in the Rose Festival. Walt was active in showing dogs in Conformation and Junior Showmanship.

Precocious in business even in high school, he was promoted to general manager of a $1 million sales volume Domino's Pizza at age 18. Walt graduated from Bending Oaks High School in Dallas and attended North Texas State University. He was interested in continuing his higher education in the field of Music, but the restaurant bug had bit, and Walt elected to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.

He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including area training manager for 60 Papa John's stores in the DFW metroplex and assistant general manager of a Flying Saucer, where his craft beer hobby began. Walt joined Main Event family entertainment centers, and while in his 20's was promoted to general manager of their flagship location in northwest Austin, responsible for some 200 employees.

After helming two other large family entertainment center concepts, Incredible Pizza in Euless, Texas, and Brunswick Zone xL in Algonquin, Illinois, Walt returned to Texas in early 2010 to take the reins of two development stage concepts. He was the opening general manager for HomeField Grill, bringing not just a popular sports restaurant but a bit of haute cuisine and beer appreciation to the Round Rock community. As co-founder of Flix Brewhouse, which existed only as a vague idea when Walt took charge, he brought to life the only first-run cinema microbrewery in the world and made it an over-the-top success. Creative and innovative, Walt conceived of Firkin Fest, which brought together a dozen craft breweries from across Texas for an amazing day of great beer and great fellowship. At the time of death Walt was deeply involved in planning the national roll-out of several additional Flix Brewhouse locations, and his DNA will surely live forever in the fabric of all Flix theaters.

Walt was a founder and administrator for Rate Beer, an internet community of lovers and critics of fine beer. He was a fixture for years until his death at beer festivals and events across the country, and was an active member of numerous craft beer social and trade groups. His passion for beer was greatest for sweet, malty Belgian brews. Walt's idea of a superb trip to Europe was visiting Trappist monasteries in Belgium, and using his fluency in French to learn the secrets of their ancient brewing techniques.

Mentor, confidante and quipster, Walt delighted in bringing people together and making good times flow. He loved beer, music and laughs. He was one of a kind — an iconoclast who loved knowing others were happy. His sense of humor was epic, wise and frequently self-inflicted. If the ability to make — and take — a joke is a sign of intelligence, Walt had an IQ right up there with Einstein. If Walt pranked you, you were lucky. But when matters were serious, Walt always thought issues through, and had the courage to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the marketplace of ideas.

Walt delighted in shock and surprise but no one was more reliable. His generosity and ability to connect deeply with those around him was legendary. He wasn't a big man physically, but he had a giant heart, and everyone he touched knew they had met someone special.

Beer savant extraordinaire, hospitality executive, musician and music lover, amateur chef and serious foodie, world traveler, writer, debater, marksman, athlete, an intellectually curious and creative thinker, multi-lingual raconteur, practical joker of the first order, a lover of people, animals and life, Walt Powell, the eternal optimist, was a Renaissance Man for the new millennium.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler. Interment in the family plot in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler will follow. A special memorial service for all of Walt's family, friends, and colleagues will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18th at Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock. And there will be beer. Good beer. For Walt.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, All Saints Episcopal School, both in Tyler, Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (www.responsiblepetowners.org), Pints for Prostates (www.pintsforprostates.org) or to a charity of your choice.