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Official Obituary of

Mr. Dennis Lee Edney

January 14, 1955 ~ February 14, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Mr. Dennis Edney Obituary

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Professor Dennis Lee Edney

PROFESSOR DENNIS LEE EDNEY, the twin brother of Deborah, was born January 14, 1955, to Alexander Clarence Edney and Gertrude Martha Steward Edney, in Hartford, CT.  At the age of 5, Dennis and Deborah became part of the Kelly family, where they were introduced to the Lord, and Dennis developed a deep love for music.  At an early age, Dennis accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the Light House Gospel Tabernacle of Hartford, CT., under the pastorate of Reverend Wilson.  By the age of 7, Dennis was often found playing the piano and organ, first with two fingers, then with one hand.  As the hand of the Lord rested upon Dennis, he was blessed with an ear for music.  If he heard it, he immediately picked it up.  The first duet the Edney twins sang at an early age was, “Each Step I Take My Savior Walks Before Me,” which was a song that inspired throughout his life.  At the age of 12, Dennis was the musician for Hartford Church of God, First AME Zion Church, and the Hartford Full Gospel Church.  While living in Hartford, Dennis was sent to the Hartford Music Conservatory of Music for formal lessons.    

Dennis was uniquely gifted to the point where his music teacher would play the lesson, and by the time the lesson was completed, Dennis would sit and play the song flawlessly, without turning the pages.  His musical gift from God did not coincide well with the lesson taught at the conservatory, and he shortly thereafter left.  Dennis struggled to conform to the rigors and schedule expected of him, and as a result, at the age of 13, Dennis was relocated to Albany, NY and enrolled at the LaSalle School for Boys.  It was at LaSalle that the Brothers recognized and encouraged him to advance his musical gifts, and they provided him with music lessons, and allowed Dennis to attend church services, which was extremely important to him.

Dennis first attended the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and in August 1968 he united with the Wilborn Temple Church of God in Christ, under the pastorate of the late Bishop William Wilborn.  It was at Wilborn Temple that he began to serve, grow, and launch his musical ministry.  When scheduled to play for an afternoon service, Dennis, with boundless energy found a way to play on Sunday mornings for other Churches. He played for Metropolitan NTM Baptist Church Youth Choir, Mount Calvary Baptist Church Youth Choir, Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church of Glens Falls, Mount Olive Baptist Church Chorusters, and Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Youth and Senior Choirs.  In later years, Dennis played at the early morning worship for the Macedonia Baptist Church, where he served for 22 years.

From 1968 to 1974 Dennis was blessed with nurturing love from the Davenport and McCann families.  It was here he received the patience, time and love he needed.  In 1975, a life changing experience took place in Dennis’ life when he became a permanent part of the Day/Harris family.  Mary M. Day, affectionately called Ma, was determined to never give up on Dennis no matter how many challenges he presented. 

Dennis was educated in the Albany Public School System, and the State University of New York, majoring in elementary education.  Over the years Dennis received numerous awards and citations, to include, the U.S. Jaycees Outstanding Young Men in America (elected one out of ten), NAACP, the City of Albany, the State of New York, recognitions from numerous churches, associations, conventions, and organizations.  Dennis was recently selected to receive the Distinguished Musician Award for the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention of New York, Inc., to be presented in March 2024.  Dennis faithfully served Empire Convention as Director of Music for the Congress of Christian Education Retreat Choir, Director of Music for the City of Albany’s Gospel Fest at the Palace Theater, and the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Observance Mass Choir.

Dennis became the Church musician for the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in 1983, and in 1986 he was elevated and consecrated to the position of Minister of Music by the late Reverend William Roland and served for the past 40 years.  Faithful, dedicated, committed, unwavering, steadfast, only scratches the surface of Dennis’ service to Mount Pleasant.  One of Dennis’ greatest joys was being accompanied by his son, Mark Anthony, as he played the drums - - an outstanding Father and Son team.  His perpetual and seemingly endless energy and superb instantaneous ability to grasp gospel composition and four voice harmony has earned him a widely respected reputation as a “Master Musician.”  Most of all, being a man of God who demonstrated God’s love to God’s people in everything he did, made him loved by many.

After a brief illness, in a quiet and peaceful manner, on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 14, 2024, Dennis transitioned from life to life eternal with his loving son at his side.  Preceding him in death were his parents, Alexander and Gertrude Edney, Mary Magdalene Day, his twin sister, Deborah Edney, and oldest sister, Mary Hendricks.  

Celebrating a legacy of love are his devoted son, Mark Anthony Edney; grandchildren, Rhi’ana Vonisha, Mark, Jr., and Isaiah Wayne; great-granddaughter, Lila Marie; brother, Scott Edney; sisters, Karen Griffin, Ava Hines, Reverend Gertrude Harris, Evangelist Jean M. Josey (Deacon James L. Josey), Reverend Alyse Harris, Reverend Lena White; nieces, nephews, other relatives, the Mount Pleasant Church family, and a host of friends.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
February 24, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church
105 Second St.
Albany, NY 12210

Celebration of Life
Saturday
February 24, 2024

10:30 AM
Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church
105 Second St.
Albany, NY 12210

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

Graceland Cemetery
680 Delaware Ave
Albany, NY 12209

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