A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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Edwin Keith Powell

August 29, 1965March 20, 2021
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Edwin (Eddie) Keith Powell (also known as “Kirk”, “Captain”, “Graham”, “Powell-Egypt”) was born August 29, 1965, in Washington, DC, to Edith Geneva Egypt and the late James R. Graham. Two sons were born of this union. His mother remarried to the late Charles M. Powell, who adopted Edwin and his brother Wade Anthony in 1976. Edwin attended Nannie Helen Burroughs and Webb Elementary schools in Washington, DC. The family later moved to Prince Georges County Maryland where he attended Kenmore Junior High and graduated with honors from Fairmount Heights High School in 1983. Receiving Christ as his Savior, Eddie joined Florida Avenue Baptist Church and was baptized in 2001. He was a member of the Men’s Ministry and the Tape Ministry.

Eddie honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1994. After his basic training, he was a Ceremonial Honor Guard for two years, stationed at the White House when Ronald Reagan was President. Afterwards when the first President Bush was in office, Eddie got the chance to meet him personally. President Bush was visiting the troops aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal CV-59 aircraft carrier during the Desert Storm era and recognized the Presidential Honor Guard jacket that Eddie was wearing. They got a chance to chat briefly, which was a surprise to the others in Eddie’s work crew and a highlight in Eddie’s day. At that time, he was an Electronic Module Test Console IMA Technician repairing all electronic components on the jet aircrafts that flew from the aircraft carrier. That old saying, “Join the Navy and sea the world,” he did just that during his tenure in the Navy. After the Navy, Eddie worked several job positions where he was able to use his expertise in working with electronics. He also worked with the National Student Clearinghouse and later worked as a contractor with the Homeland Security Administration.

During Eddie’s younger years, he and his brother were active in the Boy Scouts. They also took karate classes where they completed training to get their brown belts. Eddie ran track in high school and loved to play tennis. He also had a love for modeling and became particularly good at it. He once modeled with the Ebony Fashion Show in New York. He got the nickname of “Mr. GQ” because of how he dressed and carried himself. His last fashion show was in Philadelphia, PA in 2019. Although being single and no children, Eddie had the desire to help other children deal with the issues of life. This led him to volunteer with the Big Brothers Organization where he mentored two young boys. He would get them on Fridays for the weekend and take them on trips to museums, amusement parks, and fishing. He would spend quality time in talking with them, many times getting them to just open up to talk about things that bothered them. He always ended their Sundays bringing them to his mother’s home for a good home-cooked dinner.

Eddie enjoyed dating, going to the movies, playing his video games, dancing, modeling, and eating! He was an avid Washington Redskins football fan. Most of all, he enjoyed family. He kept in touch with many of his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also kept in touch with many of his Navy buddies, which led to many opportunities to see them during planned reunions on Memorial Day holidays. Like most military men, they would share their memories. Eddie was always glad to see them and they him. He had so many friends it was a wonder that he remembered them all! Everybody loved him no matter who he interacted with throughout his life. But most of all, the love of his mother and brother Wade always came first.

Eddie was preceded in death by his father and stepfather. He leaves to cherish his memory: his mother Edith Geneva Egypt; his brothers Wade Anthony Powell, James Jr., and Gary Graham; sister Laikisha Jeffries (Rick); aunts Deborah Egypt, Frances Palmer, Jean Alexander, Denise Queen, Nefertiti Hawthorne; uncles Franklin Egypt, Melvin Egypt, Lawrence Ben Egypt, Rudie von Egypt, Morris Graham; and a host of other relatives, loved ones, and friends.

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Dan Alpern

April 8, 2021

What a lovely service and honor to Eddie, may he Rest in Peace. Love and strength to all his family and friends~

Vanessa Lamb

April 8, 2021

Mrs. Edith:

I loved Eddie dearly and I am still in shock trying to come to grips that I will never hear his voice his crazy jokes or that infectious laugh of his. He was always a gentleman as well as fun and an excellent friend. I am a better person to have known him. He will be dearly missed

My deepest sympathy.

Vanessa Lamb ❤️

Judy McGhee

April 7, 2021

Edith -- I believe your faith in God and memories of the time you had with Eddie in this lifetime will sustain and carry you through. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this challenge in life. Condolences from Judy McGhee & Family

STEPHEN ROBINSON

April 6, 2021

WILL BE MISS. MY LOVE TO ALL THE FAMILY.

Lesa Jones

April 3, 2021

Edwin had a great sense of humor. He will be missed dearly. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Stacy Lester

March 30, 2021

One of my dearest brothers in life! I will truly miss you! We meet aboard the USS Forestal in 1988. Continued our friendship in VA. Beach were we discovered we were stationed together. After moving to Atlanta my dear brother came to visit occasionally. We always laughed whenever we talked. That's Kirk's spirit! Dear family I am truly greiving as well. So sorry for your lost.

Cynthia Cornish

March 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss, I express my Condolences to the family during this time. Eddie you, were well loved by so many people. I remember our roller skating days at Seabrook. Rest In Peace Eddie. You will be truly missed.

michael reid

March 30, 2021

I met Kurt when I was stationed in Norfolk .he had a heart of gold . We kept in touch through the years he would come to atl for new years. He will be missed. My heart is heavy and I pray for his family. He was a good man. I was honored to have him as my friend

Matt-Calvin Phair

March 29, 2021

Eddie “Egypt” and I met back in 2004 when I first moved here to the Maryland area from New York being assigned to Fort Meade. I guess it was through the Big Brother program, I really got to know him. He was there for my son, Rodney, when I was going through a tough transition and settling in on base. He helped me through a difficult time and for that I am forever grateful. Our friendship grew over the years. But what really stands out for me, one snowy night I was leaving Baltimore heading down 295 (BWI Parkway) heading back home to Fort Meade and I ran off the road and got stuck and had to sleep in the car, meanwhile my Rodney (13) was home alone. I tried to call AAA, but they were backed up with other stranded motorist. I called many people that night while I tried to keep warm and conserve fuel in a ditched vehicle. Eddie was my angel, he answered the phone and came up from DC (he had so long just purchased his home) on a early still snowy morning to find me under a blanket in the backseat of my car, which ran out of gas during the night, and took me home to be reunited with son. There are many more stories I could share but I guess they will stay between he and I. I send my heartfelt condolences to the family. You rest now my dear friend, job well done, mission complete!!! Love you brother ~ Matt

Sylvester Starkes

March 25, 2021

Kirk and I met 32 years ago in Virginia, at which time I was a single parent. We enjoyed not only the times we partied together back in the day, but also the times we attended church services together. Kirk was a gentle breeze with a great spirit and was well loved. Down throught the years as his friend-base grew we lost touch for a number of years, however, over the last few years we reconnected on Facebook, especially on special days like holidays and birthdays. I pray that God will give the family strength as I also pray the same prayer for myself because he was special to me. It's amazing how neither time nor space can separate or diminish real friendship. RIP Kirk!

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