Edna Pearl McKinney was born on December 16, 1943, in Largo, Florida to Walter Wilkins, Sr. and Viola Wilkins. Edna was a graduate of Pinellas High School, Class of 1963. She continued her education by enrolling in the MDTA Vocational School from 1964 to 1965. Edna attended G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital Nursing Department from April 16-26, 1985. Edna went to South Florida Junior College from 1976 to 1986. She also completed a course in medication from October 11-15, 1979 and attained her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate with a score of 81%. Edna was an Army military wife. Edna’s first job was at Ridgecrest Kindergarten/Nursey in Largo, Florida. She was a Human Service Worker II, working at G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital for 12 years and Suwannee County in 1988 for eight months. From 1988 to 1982, Edna was employed in Home Health Care in Gainesville, Florida for four years and two months. She was a census taker for the government and from 1992 to 1994 she was employed as a Nurse’s Aide for two years with the Haines City School System. She has many awards for her work ethics and certificates for her service. Edna was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Willie D. McClendon. She served as a Deaconess and was a member of the Senior Women Ministry and Mass Choir. She was an active participate in Prayer Meeting, Bible Study, Tablet Training and Sunday School. Mrs. Pearl was a true servant of the Lord. Edna Pearl McKinney departed this earthly life for eternal rest on July 15, 2020, at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Florida. She is predeceased by her husband, Ben McKinney, father and mother, Walter, Sr. and Viola Wilkins, brother, Joseph Wilkins, sister, Gladys Wilkins and grandparents, George and Lulu Mae Wilkins. Edna leaves cherished memories to… Her six brothers, Nate Wilkins (Mary), Walter Wilkins, Jr. (Mary), Robert Wilkins, Jesse Wilkins, Sr. (Shirley), David Wilkins and Henry Wilkins; 27 nieces and nephews; and a host of great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews and godchildren. Graveside services 12 noon Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park 12905 Wild Acres Road, Largo with visitation today July 22, 2020 6-8 pm at Smith-Young FH&CS.
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