On February 4, 1963, Lincoln Powell, Sr., was drafted to play in this game called “Life”. He was the fourth of twelve players to be coached by the late Samuel L. Matthews and Willie Mae Powell.
As a rookie, Lincoln was introduced to and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Shortly after, he joined St. Mary Baptist Church. Lincoln was baptized by Reverend G.C. Carr in the lake of his hometown, Lake Providence. He graduated from Lake Providence Senior High School which is also located in his hometown. After graduating, Lincoln served in his community as a prominent figure pouring into the youth and serving as needed. Lincoln believed that “It’s the hands that make the man” which served as constant inspiration for him. He cared for and touched the hearts of so many people in his lifetime and petitioned those he came in contact with to do the same. Lincoln, Sr. was bold, creative, outspoken, caring, loving, kind, and worked tirelessly to tell others about the goodness and saving grace of Jesus Christ. He made it his mission to be a shining example of genuine love and He never met a stranger.
In 1986 Lincoln’s life changed forever. In that year he met the love of his life, Linda Flowers, and later married her in 1989 remaining married for 25 years.
As a seasoned player, in 1984, Lincoln, Sr., started his own team after Demarcus Allen, Sr. was born. In 1987 another player, Latoria Carter, entered the portal to be drafted. Lincoln Sr. soon drafted another player in 1991 by the name of Lincoln Powell, Jr. and a final player in 2015, Christian L. Scott. Lincoln’s team’s second string included his grandchildren Justin Farmer, DeMarcus Allen, Jr. and D’Asia Allen. Lincoln’s cheerleaders were his God Daughters-Ashlynn James, Kelsi McDaniel, Za’Tavia Allen and a host of other God-Children he cared for.
During the off season, Lincoln worked as a porter for Louisiana Delta Bank and East Carroll Parish Library for 20 plus years. He was a full time, passionate team player regardless of the position in and outside of the workforce. He also wrote poetry. Several poems were published in publications entitled ‘The Poets of Life…’ and “Celebrate! Poets Speak Out.” In 2002, Lincoln was awarded ‘Louisiana’s Father Figure of the Year’ from a nomination submitted by his niece, K’Meceia Powell.
Over the course of his career a few members of his team transitioned, a coach, his father, Samuel L. Matthews, two teammates, Mitchell and Micheal Powell, his brothers, and the pep squad captain, Shamajdre’ ‘CoCo’ Luckett, his niece. Lincoln also lost team operation members along the way, His Maternal Grandparents, George and Elnora, His Paternal Grandparents, John and Florida, his aunts Jessie M. Powell, Lillie Mae Powell, Louise Powell, Elnora Powell, Versie Williams, Josephine Jackson, Dollie Matthews and his uncles Loyd Powell, Willie Lee Powell, Arthur Lee Powell, George Powell, Jr., Frank Powell, and Oscar Barber. All of which played an important role in assisting Lincoln with becoming the man we knew him as.
He showered his entire team with genuine love and support. Lincoln leaves a coach, an operational team member, and nine teammates to continue playing in the game of life; his mother, Willie Mae Powell, his aunt, Gertrude Powell, his brothers, Allan V. Matthews, Joenathan (Gennifer) Powell,Sr., Nathaniel (Amy) Powell, Sr., KarVan (LeKeisha) Powell, Sr., Willie Young, and Andre (Veltaki) Powell, Sr., Willie Young, his sisters, Willi Marie (Vincent) Auguste, Gwendolyn Matthews, Wanda (Frank) Kelly, , Connie (Cory) Powell, Lori Jean (Micheal) Britton, Glenda (Keith) Marshall, Tameka Perkins, Kenya Kelly, and Georgette (Carey) Davis. Cheering at the end zone are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and classmates.
As much as we grieve this tremendous and devastating loss, we are comforted by the knowing that our dear loved one is now rejoicing in heaven, gathered with so many of his beloved family members that have gone before him. Lincoln touched the lives and hearts of many and his legacy will live on through all those he inspired. "Well done my Good and Faithful servant" is what our dear loved one heard on the Morning of October 8, 2021 at 7:02 a.m.