Edwin S. Singletary, 69, a retired African Methodist Episcopal minister who served as director of evangelism at Clinton AME Zion Church in Rockville, died Oct. 25 at his home in Germantown.

He had renal failure, said his wife, Girlena Singletary.

Edward Samuel Singletary was born in Charleston, S.C., and began going by Edwin in childhood. He served in the Army as a medic in the early 1960s, including a posting in Germany. After his military service, he worked as a postal carrier for more than two decades.

He became a minister in the early 1970s after receiving pastoral training through the AME church. He was a pastor at AME congregations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania until his retirement from the ministry in 2003. He had lived in the Washington area since the early 1990s.

His son Army Spec. Timothy L. Singletary died Oct. 21 in a motorcycle accident. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Girlena Gee Singletary of Germantown; three children, Michael Singletary, a Baptist minister, of Manchester, N.J., Kimberly Singletary of Silver Spring and Frederick Singletary of Frisco, Tex.; two sisters; two brothers; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer