Obituary of George Powell
GEORGE G. POWELL, retired Acting Battalion Fire Chief of Atlantic City, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-eight at home surrounded by his endearing wife, Laura and family on Friday, November 16, 2018.
George was born on August 22, 1930 in Ridge, Maryland to Edith and James G. Powell. He was educated in the Atlantic City Public School system and graduated from Atlantic City High School in June of 1951. In October of 1951, he entered the United States Army, where he served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal in 1953.
In 1958, George was inducted into the Atlantic City Fire Department. Stepping into the role of Captain in 1976. Under his leadership he helped to masterfully integrate the fire company, mentor and bring on board 30 or more new firemen from the Atlantic City community. Between the years of 1963 and 1975 he was cited for several heroic acts within the fire company and Atlantic City. After serving 33 years, George retired in 1991, as one of the first African-American, Acting Battalion Fire Chief.
He was a member of the Firemen's Benevolent Association since 1974, and an honorary member of the Vulcan-Volunteer Fire company since 1994.
George was married twice. He is predeceased by his first wife, Clarice Powell. Their union brought four children: Keven, Karen, Karla and Keith…the 4 K's. George's second marriage was to Laura Powell of which their union lasted twenty-seven adventurous and loving years.
For those who knew him, he loved, loved, loved talking to people and his opinion is what mattered the most. He had close relationships with everyone. Above all else, he could be trusted and had an eye for what he could do to help.
George Powell, was an example of a man who honored and understood what "taking care" of your wife and children meant. A man who loved his children and modeled for them what conflict-resolution meant in life, at work and through his mastery of playing chess. A phenomenal chess master he was. George also took on the role of running the household during the children's younger years, since that was what was needed. Skilled in over-lapping vocational trades and an astute reader he was a man with the understanding of how the world worked and how to move and create his way through it. Many referred to him as "X", because like Malcolm X, believed in "mind over matter".
George made his last chess moves listening to jazz music while surrounded by his loving wife and family; surrendering his Knight to the King and entering into eternal life with Jesus Christ.
He was a member of Saint Monica's Roman Catholic Church in Atlantic City.
He is predeceased by his: parents, Edith and James Powell; brother, James Ellsworth Powell; sister-in-law, Natalie Powell; grandson, Keith Powell, II; former-wife, Clarice Powel; and step-sons, Lance and Troy Hollis.
George leaves to cherish his memories: his precious wife, Laura Powell; step-son, Ronald Douglas Hollis, Jr.; children "the 4K's", Keven (Debbie) Powell, Karen (Randy) Swift, Karla Sahuspete Kokayi, and Keith G. Powell; adopted daughter, Chyme Landing; cousin, Sister Marilyn Hopewell; spiritual son, James King.
George leaves surrounded by continued family growth of 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11AM Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 10 North Mississippi Avenue, Atlantic City, where friends may call from 10AM.
Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com