Edward Darnell Martin
Edward Darnell Martin began shining his light in the world on July 11, 1981. He was born in Houston, Texas, the youngest of three children born to Queen Ester and Norris Martin. He had two older sisters, Angela and Adrian.
Edward attended Houston Preparatory Academy, James D. Ryan Middle School, and Booker T. Washington High School all in Houston Texas. He graduated from B. T. Washington in May of 1999. While in high school Edward was a member of the Gents, a community service organization that provides guidance and direction to young men, and the Black Engineering Students Association. Edward also participated in community service projects during his middle school and high school years with the NAACP and Sisterhood of Faith in Action.
The joy of Edward’s life was his family and friends. By the time he entered college in 1999, Edward had two nieces and two nephews. He would often come back to Houston and go straight to his sister’s house to see them before going home. He definitely knew how to show love. He surprised his oldest niece one Valentine’s Day at school with a dozen roses to let her know how much he loved her. He would always tell his nieces and nephews: “if anything goes wrong and you need some help, call me first”. In 2002, much to his joy, another niece was born who he also showered with love.
Edward’s academic pursuits led him to Atlanta Georgia in August of 1999 where he attended Clark Atlanta University as a Marketing and Finance major. He stayed in Atlanta until his untimely death during a car accident driving back to Houston in May 2003.
During his high school and college years, Edward cultivated friendships that are still ongoing with his immediate family. He would often say “I have my own family” speaking of his tried and true friends. Edward showed his friends that they could count on him for food to eat, a place to sleep, entertainment by playing sports and games, going out to the movies and a good challenging conversation as well as visiting them or their family members in the hospital, lending or giving them money when they needed it, assisting them with transportation, using his AAA card for tows, and waiting with them when their cars broke down.
During his last conversations with his mother, Edward expressed a desire to start an organization that would address the social needs of young minority males. He was distressed by what he was seeing occur in the community; drug use and sales, dropping out of school and trips to jail for many of his peers. Ed’s World Inc was founded in December 2003 as a direct result of Edward’s concern for young people.
Words from and about Edward
In Edward's Own Words
Son to Mother:
Life for me has been a crystal stairway for as long as I can remember. I know I complain sometimes, but there weren't any holes. Even though I did fall, you were right there to pick me up. Whenever there were obstacles, you were there with me. So I want to thank you and say, No matter how old I get and how independent you think I am I will never leave you and I hope you will never leave me. And life for me has been your handmade crystal stairway.
I love you mom,
Ryan Middle School 8th grade
How many people can honestly say they knew someone who made them a better person? We can. We referred to you as our counselor, brother, comedian, but most of all, our friend. You were the rock we leaned on in all matters through life. We were blessed enough to share the presence of a friend that can never be replaced. We will honor and value the memories and take this moment to Thank You.
Family Perspective Edward:
We are your older sisters, but you were our example. We love you more than words could describe, but we rejoice in knowing that you knew that. You touched so many lives in such a short time (from Houston to Atlanta). We know you were one of his angels. Our night talks, cooking over the telephone, and hugs and kisses will never be forgotten. Everyday we will make an extra effort to exemplify the spirit you naturally displayed.
Angela and Adrian
A Friend Speaks
What can I say? If I ever needed a laugh, a hug, advice or support, you were only a phone call away. If it weren't for your daily doses of support, I'm not sure where I would be. You were my best friend and confidant. No one will ever meet the standards you have set. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.