Edna W. Few

Edna Wright Few was born in Wilmington, N.C. on April, 18, 1918 and departed this life on Nov. 10, 2006 at her son's home in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. She was the daughter of the later Sylvester Wright and Annie Wright Collins. She graduated from P. W. Moore High School and Elizabeth City Normal School. She then entered Saint Phillips School of Nursing at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. She graduated and was commissioned a Captain in the United States Army. Many career milestones occurred during this most difficult time for African Americans. Edna was one of the first African American Nurses to serve our county. After a honorable discharge she returned to Elizabeth City. She was a registered nurse at the Albemarle Hospital for over 30 years and also did private duty nursing during her distinguished career. After her retirement she still found time to administer health care to many citizens of Elizabeth City. She was a devoted member of the American Nurse Association and the American Legion. For many years she proudly displayed the "RN logo on the license tag of her automobile. Edna joined Mt. Lebanon A.M.E. Zion Church at an early age and was a faithful member for many years. She was a member of the Progressive Club, Nurses Aide Unit, Sunday School Adult Class, and the Annie Collins Missionary Society. Edna was married to Tyus S. Few Sr., who preceded her in death and to this union on a child was born. Also preceding her death was her brother, Roosevelt R. Wright Sr. and her niece, Barbara Ann Turner. The memory, the life, and the love of Edna Wright Few will remain treasured in the hearts of her son, Tyus S. Few Jr. of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; grandson, Lt. Tyus S. Few III of Portland, Texas; nephew, Dr. Roosevelt "Rick" Wright and wife, Mylinda, of Syracuse, N.Y.; great-nieces, Maenecia Cole and husband, Ralph, of Elizabeth City, N.C. and Lucrecia Ervin and husband, Anthony, of Summerville, S.C.; cousins, John Mackey and wife Rosa, and Vera Storey of Elizabeth City, N.C. and Ceclephus Everett and wife, Shirley, of Conley, Ga.; great-nephew, Darrell Turner II of Summerville, S.C.; great-nephew, Randall Lewis of Brooklyn, N.Y.; great-great-nephews, Ralph III and Reginald Cole of Elizabeth City, N.C.; sister-in-law, Marjorie Few of Atlanta, Ga.; a special family friend, Kermitt N. Waddell of Charlotte, N.C.; and a very special care giver, ReneŽ Edmonds of Enfield, N.C.; and many other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held at Mount Lebanon A.M.E. Zion Church today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Tony Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Stallings Funeral Home, Elizabeth City is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Daily Advance from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2006