Eddie served 45 years on the Tribal Council—27 of those as Tribal Chairman. He started as a volunteer after employment in the U.S. Military and while earning his living at a job that allowed him to care for his family. His desire to do something meaningful for his community grew stronger the more involved he became as a public servant. With insight and vision, he worked with other Poarch leaders to help bring federal recognition to fruition in 1984. His efforts have directly elevated the Tribe’s services and benefits to unforeseen levels, including state of the art healthcare, better housing, scholarships, and helping members get off of welfare, all of which put money back in the state’s pockets. Today, Poarch people have choices and a better quality of life, which allows them to be healthier, self-sufficient, more productive members of society at large.