A homegoing service for Mrs Edna Mae Harris Kyles-White of Apollo Beach, FL who passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 10:00 a.m. at Aikens Funeral Home Chapel, 2708 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610, Rev. Pablo Lito, officiating. The interment will be in Dade Memorial Park Cemetery. Edna was born on March 17th, 1950 to James Douglas & Gertrude Nelson Harris, in Monticello, FL. She had 10 siblings. Edna was baptized and accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. In the spring of 1968, as the Salutatorian, Edna walked across the stage at the all-black Douglas High School, receiving her High School Diploma. She moved to Miami, Florida where she attended Florida Memorial University acquiring her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1972. While at Florida Memorial, Edna was inducted into Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Sorority. She went on to further her education and attained her Master’s Degree from Biscayne (Nova) College in 1981. While living life and loving the Lord, she met Mr. Jerome Kyles and on her birthday, March 17, 1973, they were joined in Holy Matrimony. From this union, two children were born; Jerome and U’rika. In October of 1980, Jerome went to be with the Lord. Although widowed and left to raised her children by herself, her passion for life and teaching did not waver. She became even more committed to raising her children to fear the Lord and worked diligently to provide them with opportunities to travel, learn, engage in various experiences and to pursue their dreams. Edna accepted a job in the Department of Welfare for the State of Florida. She held the position for eighteen years. She later changed careers and became a School Teacher. She loved teaching. While in Miami, Edna was a faithful member of Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist church where she served as a youth leader and Sunday school teacher. Edna was also called into the ministry and served for several years in various offices. After she retired, she relocated to Lakeland, Fl. in 2005 and was a faithful member of the Philippine International Christian Fellowship, pastored by Dr. Lito Lucas. Her church family was her extended family. She also volunteered regularly at the Lighthouse Ministries and Compassion House as an outreach minister and missionary. Min. Edna Kyles was a consummate student of the Word of God. She studied daily, kept a journal and a prayer list with names or individuals, which she faithful called daily in prayer. Her impact as a youth mentor, outreach minister, counselor, and prayer warrior cannot be fully known. She gave of herself and her resources to countless individuals. She wrote poems, books and plays and directed various productions at church. She facilitated workshops and seminars and was willing to share or help whenever there was a need. Her love for God was evident by how she loved everyone whom she encountered. Her witness for Christ was bold. Her faith was truly unwavering. Edna focused daily on reading her bible, studying, living a life of prayer and drawing closer to the Lord Jesus. She loved her family and was the glue that held the unit together; for this, she will be greatly missed. Edna leaves to cherish her memory: a loving son Jerome Kyles, Jacksonville, Fl. A devoted daughter U’rika (Matt) Delvecchio, Apollo, Beach Fl. She was grace with the gift of her one grandchild, Norah Eden Delvecchio. One brother Charlie (Ava) Harris, Winter Garden, FL. Four sisters Anne (Ray) Nunn, Ocala, FL. Grace (Willie) McClendon, Live Oak, FL. Elzita Rivers, Sandford, FL. Angela Harris, Michigan. Two Aunts; Edna Nelson, Live Oak, FL. and Lillie Ford, Camden, NJ. Cherishing her memory are her beloved nieces and nephews and a host of cousins and sorrowful friends. We anticipate meeting her again, when we get home. The visitation will be held on Friday, October 4th at Aikens Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the chapel on Saturday for the service.
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