Dr. Edward A. Yarney, Jr. was born in Winneba, Ghana, West Africa on 9 June 1931 to the late Mr. Edward A. Yarney, Sr. and Mrs. Florence Danquah Yarney. Due to the early passing of his mother, his father remarried Mrs. Marian Turkson Yarney and Edward became the eldest of 13 brothers and sisters. Taking to heart early lessons to strive for educational excellence, Edward received a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology in 1963 and a dual degree Masters of Science in Sociology and Anthropology in 1966 from Fordham University in New York. Always striving to feed his academic thirst, he went on to complete an MBA in Human Resources Management Training at Pace University and a doctorate in Anthropology at Fordham.
As a result of his background and expertise in program planning, research, development and training, Edward was blessed with an illustrious professional career. During his career he held positions with the Ghana Mission to the United Nations, Grumman Aerospace Corporation, Youth House Inc. (aka Youth Detention Center, NYC Department of Justice), Opportunities Industrialization Center, New York & Washington; the East New York Development Corporation and the New York Urban League, where he held positions as the Director of the Bronx and Queens Central Offices until his retirement in 1998.
Edward was an active member of his church and various community organizations. Before relocating to Kingsland from New York City, he was an active member of Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church and later Memorial Presbyterian Church. During that time, he was also a member of the Kiwanis Club, American Management Association, American Society for Training and Development and the American Anthropological Society. Once residing in Kingsland, he quickly became an active member of the Kingsland United Methodist Church where he participated in the Kairos Prison Ministry, Church Choir and was a teacher for the Adult Sunday School. He was also a member of the Kingsland Lions Club, where he served as club president in 2003.
Edward is survived by his wife Susannah, son Kwamena (spouse: Jarita), daughters Zenobia, Esi, Aba (spouse: Kyle); granddaughters Natalie Gyeedua and Ajaya; adopted children Marjorie Wilson, Kammar Andries and Felicia Kouakou; his siblings, brothers and sisters in Christ and countless friends.
Rest!! Faithful Servant. Till we meet again!
Visitation Friday, January 2, 2015, 5pm-7pm Allison’s Funeral Home 10141 Colerain Rd
St. Mary’s, GA 31558
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Memorial Service Saturday, January 3, 2015 @11am Kingsland United Methodist Church 120 E. Williams Ave Kingsland, GA 31548
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In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Edward A. Yarney, Jr. to the Kingsland Lions Club.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.