Edna Mae Barnes Vincent

April 8, 1945 - March 30, 2019

Barnes Vincent, Edna Obituary

Edna M. Vincent was born to James and Mary Barnes on April 8, 1945 in Washington, DC. She was the 6th child of 11 sisters. She married Garland Julius Vincent on May 21, 1960 and gave birth to her only child, Phyllis Victoria on August 27, 1960. She crossed over to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Edna was a strong, loving, determined woman. She did not allow her life circumstances to stop her from desiring and achieving more. Five years after marrying and giving birth Edna went back to school and received her GED. She heard that the Federal Government was the best job you could have in the 1960’s so she did not stop striving until she successful landed her a job in the Federal Government as a GS-1. Needless to say, she strived and strived until she advanced from a GS-1 to a GS-12 and she finally retired from the Federal Government after 30 years of service. Edna gave her life to Christ after hearing Dr. Betty Peoples on the radio. Dr. Betty asked the question, are you saved. Edna said she had to think about it. Then Dr. Betty said if you are thinking about it you are not saved, give me a call. Edna gave her a call and she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Immediately upon accepting Christ, she began classes at Dr. People school and that is when the Faith Walk Began. She transformed in all of eyes. She became hungry for the word and she was a true disciple. She ministered to her entire family, she is the reason why everyone in the Barnes Family knows Jesus Christ today. Edna eventually joined Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church and that is when her education in the Lord went into full speed ahead. While at Greater Mt. Calvary she successfully completed and graduated from Calvary’s Bible Institute in 1993. She then attended and graduated from Howard University Saturday College and received her Associates Degree in 1997. In 2001 she received her Bachelor of Biblical Studies, and in 2006 she received her Master of Theology Studies from National Bible College and in 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Edna enjoyed taking care of the elderly and ministering to those in need. While servings as a minister and Evangelist at Greater Mt. Calvary she served as a Faith Instructor at the Calvary Bible Institute and as a member of the Track and Field Ministry which entailed walking the neighborhoods of Ward 5 such as Edgewood, Brentwood, Saratoga, Channing and Bryant Street, just to name a few. Edna ministered at the D.C. Prison every Saturday and conducted Bible Study at the Avondale Senior Citizen complex every Thursday evening and conducted Sunday Morning Worship service 1st and 3rd Sundays. While ministering at the Avondale Senior Citizen Complex the ministry grew from 8 members to over 50 and officially became the Calvary Nation Church where Evangelist Edna Vincent was the Pastor. In 2005 Evangelist Edna Vincent was awarded Greater Mt. Calvary’s Woman of the Year. When Edna was not ministering and took the time to relax, she enjoyed a great game of Bid Whist. Edna and her sister Diane received many trophies for being Bid Whist Champions. She loved swimming and was an expert at floating on the water. She taught many that the key to floating was to rest in Jesus by resting your mind and trusting that just like Jesus the water will carry you if you let go. She played baseball and stopped everything at 2nd base. She loved people and enjoyed giving. She had a college ministry and prison ministry for her family where she sent a monthly check to every child in our family who went to college and a monthly check to the few who were incarcerated. She thoroughly enjoyed family time. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Often, she would ask a whole house full of people that were all over a 4,088 square foot home to come to her bed room with her to fellowship. Dr. Elder Edna Vincent leaves to cherish her memories her only daughter, Phyllis Bell, (husband Wayne Bell), three grandchildren, Victor Bell, (wife Keyona), Vincent Bell (wife Tiffani) and Tamara Soumah (husband Ousmane) 3 great grands. Isaac, Kingston and Sarai, three sisters Edith Barnes, Regina Conner and Carolyn Oglesby Murray along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.



April 6, 2019

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