POWELL, Wilbert Reese

POWELL, Wilbert Reese December 14, 1921 February 3, 2018 Wilbert (Will) Reese Powell was born December 14, 1921 to James and Marjorie Powell in Homestead, PA. He graduated from Homestead High School and was drafted in 1941 to the U.S. Army. He served as a member of the first Black Officers Unit of the 351st Field Artillery Battalion, engaging in battle in the Pacific. He remained part of the Army Reserve and served his country again during the Korean War. Following his military service, Will, completed his studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 1950. He was a Chemist and worked as a Materials Engineer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH for over 30 years. He met and married the love of his life, Belva (Turner) Powell, and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage. He was preceded in moving to a heavenly home by his parents, brother James and sister, Hazel. He is survived by Belva, and sister, Dorothy (Powell) Mercer. He was a loving father to son, Anthony (Donna) and daughter Anne, and grandfather to Alise and Wesley. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends to cherish his memory. Will was committed to Christ, family and community. He faithfully served as a Trustee of Zion Baptist Church in Dayton for over 40 years. He also was a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and served as local chapter President for several years. He transitioned from earth to Glory on February 3, 2018 in Laurel, MD after a recent decline in health. Services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the New Samaritan Baptist Church, 1100 Florida Ave NE in Washington, D.C. The wake will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Home Going Service at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be offered at www.marchlifetributecenter.com

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