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Corp Chad Wayne Powell

Corp Chad Wayne Powell

Birth
Death 23 Jun 2005 (aged 22)
Iraq
Burial Calhoun, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 11260465 · View Source
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Friends and family gathered Friday in the living room of Brenda and Jerry Powell's home to mourn the loss of a Marine, a hero and their son.Cpl. Chad Powell, 22, formerly of West Monroe and a 2001 graduate of West Monroe High School, was killed Thursday when a suicide car bomber slammed into his convoy in Fallujah, Iraq.He was the 48th Louisianian in the U.S. armed forces and the first from Ouachita Parish to die in the war against terror that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.Powell was scant months from concluding his military obligation. He was scheduled to return to Camp Lejeune, N.C., from Iraq in September.His mother, Brenda Powell, said Chad was leading a convoy of trucks when his vehicle, struck by a suicide bomber, overturned and exploded."Out of all the thousands over there," she said weeping while sitting on the bed beside her husband, "you never think it'll be your own son."Marine Corps officers arrived at Jerry and Brenda Powell's doorsteps around 6 a.m. Friday to deliver the news.The officers initially asked Brenda Powell if her name was Edna, and she had hoped that the wrong name signified the wrong home. But when they asked if her son's name was Chad Powell, she knew that the news would be bad.Jerry Powell, Chad's father, a groundskeeper at West Ouachita High School, was working on a boat for his son when his wife received the news at home. Jerry Powell said he had paused from his work when he heard co-workers talking about the suicide bombing in Fallujah.At his boss' urging he returned home to find a petty officer and Marine captain."They were at attention," he said. "They just stood there, very professional."Chad Powell's father said his son always wanted to be a Marine — his father, grandfather, and uncles were all Marines. He joined the Marines in November 2001.Powell served tours in Afghanistan, Haiti and Iraq. During his four-year stint in the military, he received many awards, his mother said.Jerry Powell described his son as a "good ol' Southern boy," who loved to fish and hunt. But most importantly, his father said, his son loved God.Chad Powell was the proud father of 3-year-old Elijah, and a loving husband to his wife, Danielle Powell, his father said.Danielle Powell is the daughter of well-known Louisiana outdoorsman Dan Chason. Chason left Friday morning to be with his daughter and grandson at Camp Lejeune.Brenda Powell said her daughter-in-law had been planning a trip to northeastern Louisiana on Tuesday to look for a home. Chad Powell and his family were planning to move back to the area after his enlistment was over."All I needed was three more months, three more months," Jerry Powell said, and then sighed. "But he didn't make it."Chad Powell's son, Elijah, had anticipated his dad's return as well, the Powells said."We went visiting in Camp Lejeune and went catfishing, and he'd already taught Elijah to fish," Jerry Powell said.Chad Powell was the eldest of three boys; his brothers are Christopher, 18, and Jesse, 17.Jesse was working on an alligator farm early Friday and could not be reached when his family received the news.By midday Christopher Powell said he had done all his crying, and maintained the same position as his father: numb."Right now, I'm taking it real good," he said. "It doesn't feel real, but it'll hit me."Christopher Powell said he anticipated his brother's return so the two could go fishing together.Fishing and hunting were two things Chad Powell loved to do. He had been a member of West Monroe High School's fishing team, Jerry Powell said.His grandfathers, Tommy Powell and Ebert Sams, enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing with their grandson."We hunted together, fished together and had all kinds of good times together," Tommy Powell said.An emotional Ebert Sams said he would always remember hunting with his grandson."I was with him out there at the hunting club, and he killed his first buck when he was 15," Sams said. "He came out right away and hollered at me; that's when I knew he had killed a good deer."Alison Hogan, 22, Chad Powell's first cousin, remembered him as her playful partner in crime."We'd get in all kinds of trouble together," she said smiling. "I'd even make him play dolls with me."Brenda Powell received her last e-mail from Chad Powell on June 12. In it he spoke of coming home.Brenda Powell described the e-mail as short and sweet as she choked back the tears. In his e-mail, he thanked his parents for raising him "the right way," she said. "He was appreciative."Each day her son spent in Iraq was stressful to his family, Brenda Powell said. His mother and father awaited his telephone calls, which would come about 9 p.m. local time. It was 6 a.m. in Iraq. Jerry Powell said his son couldn't talk much about what was going on, but he knows he did a good job in Iraq."He was an American hero, very respectful," Jerry Powell said. "Everything was yes sir, no sir." He didn't care if his friends were standing there; he hugged and kissed us still."Rita Powell, Chad Powell's paternal grandmother, said she is confident that he felt he fought for a good cause."He knew he was fighting for freedom and understood President Bush's position," Rita Powell said.The family has no harsh feelings about the president or the war in Iraq."We're over there to do a mission, and we're going to do what the president said," Jerry Powell said. "We're not going to blame it on God, the war or the president."My son just happened to be wearing the uniform of the United States of America and his number was called. It's just simple as that."Carl Allison, an elder at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, said Chad Powell was involved in youth programs throughout his life at the church."I saw him just before he went over to Iraq," Allison said. "He was in that Marine uniform, and he made me proud of him. I know he served his country well."Knowing that their loved one had a personal relationship with God brought comfort to the family, they said.Keith Powell, Chad's uncle, said he introduced his nephew to Jesus Christ during a Christian camp years ago."The most memorable time is when I had a chance to tell him about Jesus," Keith Powell said. "He was at an age when he had decisions to make, and I didn't want him to go down the same road I had. So, today I feel great that he's in a place that we're all trying to reach."His grandfather, Tommy Powell, said, knowing that his grandson walked closely with God, helps put his mind at ease."I know that he was a Christian man and at this moment he's in paradise with God," he said. "That's what gives me my peace of mind."Rita Powell dwells on a letter she received from her grandson two weeks ago. He concluded with Philippians 3:14: "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me."


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Chad Wayne Powell (30 Jan 1983–23 Jun 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11260465, citing Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Calhoun, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Cindy (contributor 46573079) .