Death is just a detour along life's winding way that leads God's children to a bright and glorious day. The Book of Life was opened as a beautiful rose blossom and was given to Orbary and Betty Mckinnon as a precious gift from God, the first born child, on Feb. 4, 1951 and was given the name, Sylvia Mckinnon.
At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and joined the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorship of the Reverend James Brooks. Upon her relocation to Miami, Fla., she joined the Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorship of the Reverend James Hendon, where she was an active member of the senior choir. She attended public schools in Citrus County. She was a graduate of Crystal River High School, class of 1969, participating in the marching band, playing the coronet. She was also a majorette. After graduation, she moved to Miami, where she attended Miami-Dade Community College, attaining an associate of arts degree in pre-teaching in 1971. She completed her education at Florida Memorial College, attaining a bachelor of science degree in elementary education/early childhood education in 1973. Her professional life included employment with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Young Men's Christian Association and the Family Christian Association of America.
In the year of 1981, she was joined in Holy Matrimony to Henry L. Wade. To this union one son was born, Marcus Everette Wade.
She was well loved by family and friends. On the evening of Nov. 4, 2012, Sylvia heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Henry L. Wade; son, Marcus Wade of Miami; parents, Orbary Mckinnon Sr., and Betty Davis-Mckinnon of Crystal River; two brothers, Cornel J. Parker (Debra) of Des Moines, Iowa, and Warren D. Mckinnon (Beverlyn) of Dunnellon; two sisters, Marunda V. Denson (Eddie), and Tammy P. Mckinnon, both of Miami; two sisters-in-law, Claudia Holton of Miami, and Ethel Williams-Mckinnon of Dunnellon; five uncles, Robert L. Davis (Jenice), Daniel H. Moore (Gloria), James B. Davis, Jr. (Rhonda), William L. Robinson, and Frank C. Richardson; five aunts, Alease Smith, Opelia Baker, Vernell Callahan (Earl), Geneva Moore, and Essie Mckinnon; three nephews, Terrance J. Parker, Orbary R. and Cordero T. Mckinnon; two great-nieces, Emma Ann Parker, and Aliyah Nicole Mckinnon; two step-children, Farrastine Wade-English and Keith Wade; a host of cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Sylvia Mckinnon-Wade will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the Independent House of God which is the Church of the Living God, 557 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Crystal River. Bishop Larry Chrster, officiating and Bishop Leonard Smith, eulogist. Interment will follow in the Crystal Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Crystal River. Friends may call at the church Thursday morning, 9 to 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Cason Funeral and Cremation Services.