E. Reid Powell passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He was 94. Born September 28, 1919, he was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle Arthur Powell, his father Roy Powell and his mother Laura McGuinness Powell. He was the grandson of Abner Powell, former owner of the New Orleans Pelicans and originator of baseball's rain check, ladies day and infield tarpaulins. Reid graduated from LSU in 1941 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering. Following his graduation he entered the US Army in the Corps of Engineers where he served a Major, Company "B" 815 Engineering Battalion. His tour of duty was under General George Patton in Patton's North Africa Campaign and Sicily Campaign. Under General George Patton he served building airfields and developed a system that could build 8 air strips in the same time that one could have previously been built. Following the war he worked in various engineering positions with Minty Bag Co, General Motors and York and Trane air conditioning companies. His engineering skills and business interest led him to start his own air conditioning company Factory Service Agency Inc. in 1973. In 1996 he retired and sold the business to family. Reid is survived by one brother, Hoyt (Jack), a daughter Jere Mitternight (Mike), a son Roy Powell, three grandsons, Brian Mitternight (Amanda), Kevin Mitternight (Danielle), and Eric Mitternight (Faith), and six great-grandchildren, Avery, Wesley, Jackson, Wyatt, Sophie and Quinn. Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Service at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12 Noon. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations to Father Flanagan's Boys Town and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund are requested in Reid's memory. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, 2014