Edna Colvin-Hise-Taylor received her heavenly wings on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the age of 81.
Edna was born in Buhl, Alabama, on November 18, 1935, the oldest child of six children the late Bradie and Ola Mae (Jordan) Colvin. She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church in 2014.
Edna earned her Sociology degree and teaching licensure from Kentucky State University in 1956 and studied education courses at Morehead and Pikeville Colleges. She taught at Palmer Dunbar. Edna became a trailblazer during integration transition serving as the first African American teacher at Wheelwright High. After 12 years of teaching, she became one of 32 African Americans chosen nationwide for an administrators training program with the U.S. Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Services later renamed Farm Service Agency.
Also preceding her in death: son, Derrick Baskin; sisters, Ruth and Birdie; brother, Vincent; and husbands, Arch Hisle and Walter Taylor. Edna leaves to cherish her memories: brother, Brady Colvin, Jr. of Vacaville, Calif.; sisters, Yvonne (Willie) Marvin of Trotwood, Ohio, Sheila Robinson of Elizabeth, N.J., and Nicole Neal, Covington, Ky.; niece and caregiver Karen Hunt of Washington Township, Ohio; special cousin Arthur Watford of Richmond, Ky., and special friends Julie Kavanagh, Larry Hisle, Sr., Greg Jackson, Carolyn Stacy, Nelle Williams and James and Opal Witt, all of Richmond/Irving, Ky., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church, 1501 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Dayton, Ohio, with Rev. Corey Pruitt, officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service.
Arrangements entrusted to Thomas Funeral Home, 4520 Salem Ave. On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.thomasfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Kentucky State University Scholarship Fund in Edna's name.
Published on February 20, 2017