Mrs. Sybil T. Edwards-McNabb


Mrs. Sybil Edwards-McNabb, age 76, President Emeritus of the Ohio Conference NAACP, suddenly transitioned into eternal rest on Sunday, August 12, 2018, while surrounded by her loving family.

Sybil McNabb was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.  Her family was among the first residents of Poindexter Village, the first public government housing complex in the Nation. Sybil matriculated through the Columbus Public School System and graduated from East High School. She then attended Central State University and graduated from The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Science. Continuing her educational pursuit at the master’s level at Central Michigan University. 

Mrs. McNabb had a career in public service, culminating with over 25 years of service atthe U.S.Department of Defense.  Among her many community involvements, Mrs. McNabb served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association; and past President of the Long Street Business Association. Ms. McNabb was one of seven original members of the Northside Church of God, founded by her mother, Rev. Margaret Edwards and later pastored by her sister Rev. E. L’Tanya Lemon.

She leaves to cherish her memory, loving and devoted husband, Elder Ronald B. McNabb; daughter, Truphelia M. (Reginald) Parker; adoring grandsons, Jordan K. Cole, Reginald II, andRenard Sherman Parker. Siblings Rev. Rhodell (George) Valentine, Luwana (David) Hall, Elder James (Earlene) Edwards, Rev. Nancy Jones and Nadine Williams.  Numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Rev. Margaret Edwards; four sisters, one brother and four brothers-in-love, Lushanya (Herman) Lewis, Sharlene (Michael) Morgan, Rev. E. L’Tanya (Alonzo) Lemon, Samuel Jones, Joseph L. Edwards; one niece, Lisa Harrisand her beloved daughter, Tuwanda P. Sherman-Cole.

Community celebration, Friday, August 24, 2018,The King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon  Avenue, public viewing (7-8pm) and program of celebration (8-9pm).Note: Attendees are invited to wear African-inspired attire to celebrate Mrs. McNabb’s love of her culture and people.

Celebration of Life service, Saturday, August 25, 2018, First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road. Mrs. McNabb will Lie-in-State from 10-11am; Celebration of Life Service at 11:00am. Note: All ladies in attendance are invited to wear a brightly colored hat, and gentlemen are invited to wear a brightly colored ascot, tie, bow tie, handkerchief, etc.


Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our condolences. May the peace of god guard your hearts and mental powers. Thoughts of peace.

  2. DEE tolbert&family

    We have lost a great soldier in the field of civil rights our prayers are with the family you have our deepest sympathy The Tolbert family Elyria Ohio

  3. Sorry about your loss, hang in there and things will be better in time.

  4. The Ellis (Linda and Teea) Family
    We are truly saddened by the loss of your loved one. May the peace of God comfort you and His Word sustain you in this time of sorrow. It is a fact that this beautiful, bold, loving and unique Woman of God, with her award winning smile that only she possessed will be missed. Take joy in knowing God has brought his daughter home, the angels are rejoicing and heaven is rocking. We will keep you and the family in our prayers as we celebrate the Life, Legacy and Love of Mrs. Sybil McNabb.

  5. Wanetta, myself and Wayne T. Lee Funeral Service and staff extend our sincere sympathy to Elder Ronald, and the Sybil Edwards-McNabb family. Stay encouraged, its been said every person’s life is a plan of God. Wayne T. Lee, Jr.

  6. Condolences from the Fremont Ohio Branch of the NAACP to the Edwards-McNabb family. Sybil’s contributions to the NAACP were very much appreciated. May God bless and keep yo.

  7. Rhonda Williams Evans

    It was a pleasure working with Sybil during her tenure as President of the Columbus Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. Sybil served as chairperson of the ACT-SO Committee during my tenure as Branch President as well. No matter how difficult the times, we were all reminded the importance of peace and respect in our communities by Sybil. May her wonderful legacy live on. My sincere condolences to the McNabb family. Rhonda Williams Evans, N.A.A.C.P. President, 1994-1996

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