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Carolyn Suggs Edley
(April 16, 1932 - December 18, 2012)

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Carolyn Suggs Edley

Visitation:  Friday, December 21, 2012   4pm – 8pm  at Nash Funeral Home Chapel    Delta Sigma Theta Omega Omega Service 6:30pm    Saturday, December 22, 2012   at New Hope Baptist Church Visitation: 10am - 12pm  

Funeral Service:  12pm 

Interment:   Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Life’s Reflections

Sunrise for Carolyn Suggs Edley occurred on April 16, 1934 in Germantown, Tennessee. The sun set for her on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Carolyn gladly answered the Master’s call, now she is in his care.   Carolyn was the youngest of 10 children born to the union of Emmett and Monie Suggs. Her parents, 3 sisters: Annie Bell, Lena & Elizabeth and 5 brothers: Rufus, Thomas, Emmett, Clinton, & Dan preceded her in death.  Carolyn was united in holy matrimony to the late Mr. Stephen Edley and this union was blessed with one daughter, Lena Edley Dye.      Carolyn accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at an early age in Germantown, Tennessee. She continued her service after relocating to East Saint Louis in 1964 by uniting with the Greater New Hope Baptist Church under the pastorage Rev. William Alexander.   Carolyn was a graduate of Geeter High School in Memphis, Tennessee.   She received an academic scholarship to Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky and after two years transferred to Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  She received a Master’s degree in counseling from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Carolyn was extremely proud of her participation in the Centennial celebration of Tennessee State University.  She had previously served as President of the alumnae chapter of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.      Carolyn was employed for 42 years in the East Saint Louis School District 189. She served as a classroom teacher for 22 years and retired in 2003 after 20 years as a counselor for the East St. Louis Alternative High School.   Carolyn was a dedicated public servant. She served as a trustee on the Centreville Township Board, Past President and member of the East Saint Louis Park District, First Black Woman Trustee/Illinois Association of Park District Board, Past City Clerk of Centreville, Illinois, Precinct Committee Person #10 and a former Police Commissioner for Centreville, Illinois.   Carolyn’s civic and social organizations included Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (42 years), Bridgette’s Bridge Club (50 years), Come as You Are Social Club (34 years), and Hens Again Social Club (25 years) Past Board Member and Youth Sponsor of NAACP.   Carolyn  leaves to honor and cherish her memory a loving and devoted daughter, Lena Edley Dye, an adored grand-daughter, Sydney Elizabeth Dye, one brother, William (Cornelia)Suggs of Atlanta, Georgia, sister-in-law, Anita Suggs of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter-in-law, Lucille Whopper of Charleston, North Carolina, nephew, Howard Suggs of Memphis, Tennessee , whom she loved as a son, one much loved God son, Keith (Yvette) Rhodes a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of best friends’ children that she mothered and chauffeured around diligently.  


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