Kevin Eugene O’Neil
07/28/1985 – 08/21/2010
KEO Memorial Scholarship
Kevin Eugene O’Neil (affectionately dubbed “Mr. K” by his grandfather) entered the world on July 28, 1985 and made his triumphant exit on August 21, 2010. While perhaps his span of time does not seem sufficient according to our feeble minds, his 25 years of life and service was right on time to accomplish God’s purpose for his life.
Mr. K the doting son of Calvin O’Neil and Robin Edwards O’Neil began his life at Centinela Hospital in Los Angeles, California. At the age of two, Mr. K and his family relocated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where he attended the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia; Eugene Burroughs Middle School in Accokeek, Maryland; and Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. Mr. K accepted Christ as his savior at an early age. Since the age of two, he was raised in the admonition of the Lord and worshipped at “From The Heart Church Ministries” with his parents. He attended Children’s church; None Like Us classes, youth retreats, served as a youth usher, and participated in the Youth Against Peer Pressure (YAPP) program.
Mr. K was a precocious student, gifted with exceptional mathematical abilities, and a unique appreciation of life-long learning. He had a thirst for knowledge and a deep love of music as well as culture. He demonstrated compassion and had a great sense of humor that complemented his infectious smile and heart for the less fortunate.
Throughout his childhood, Mr. K was an avid soccer player and in his senior year in high school became a kicker on the football team. His academic skills earned him a Presidential Scholarship to Morehouse College where he initially had planned to major in computer engineering. In his personal statement for his application to Morehouse, Kevin stated his belief in the infinite learning potential of humans and the different expectations and standards he had as a Christian. He wrote: “A Christian role model is one who strives to have all the likeness of Christ: humility, purity, forgiveness, solidarity, affection, and selflessness.” Kevin possessed some and strived to have all of these characteristics, and to share with his beliefs, love and encouragement with others. His decision to delay completion of his college education was a crucial moment in his life that ultimately allowed him the space and time to search his soul and fulfill his heart’s desires.
Mr. K found joy and purpose as a server in the hospitality industry. He worked for McCormick & Schmidt in Bethesda and in West Palm Beach, Florida where he moved to help train others in the art of serving at a newly established Copper Creek Restaurant.
Mr. K went home to be with his heavenly Father as a result of injuries sustained in a motor-scooter accident in West Palm Beach. His life and commitment to service were honored with a Memorial Service hosted by his extended family and loyal customers at the McCormick & Schmidt in West Palm Beach on August 28, 2010.Mr. K was preceded in death by grandparents Irvin O’Neil, Rado Edwards, and Justine Edwards; aunt Sandra Craig; cousin Kim Brown; and uncle Bob Hill. Mr. K is survived by his parents; godparents Dr. Robyn Haithcock and Marcelle Sattiewhite Jones; grandmother Angeline O’Neil; aunts, Elizabeth Gonney, Yvonne O’Neil and Linda O’Neil, all of Brooklyn, New York; Miata (Bert) Vaughn of Atlanta, Georgia; Karen Franklin (Sherman) of Dallas, Texas; Denise (Roby III) Tanner of Frisco, Texas; Mildred Thompson of Mesquite, Texas; Irash Edwards of Memphis, Tennessee; and uncles, Karl Thompson, Michael Edwards, Rado (“Tony”) Edwards, all of Dallas; cousins: Talib and Aquabah Gonney; Solonge and Brittany Herbert; Rosalyn and Jennifer Craig; Shanita and Paul Thompson; Jesse and Jessica Nelson; Daniel and Roby IV Tanner; Toni D Edwards; and Sydney and Taylor Franklin; and a host of family and friends including his beloved puppy, Socks.