Ret. Captain Oscar Davis Kyles, was born to Joe and Autherine Kyles on January 30, 1948, in Mobile, AL. He was dispatched to heaven on January 14, 2021.
Ret. Captain Kyles accepted Christ at an early age. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Cottage Hill for over 15 years. He then transferred his membership to First United Methodist Church of Theodore, where he faithfully served until his untimely death. During his membership at First United Methodist Church of Theodore, he served on the Trustee Board, choir member, Lay Leader and other countless duties.
Ret. Captain Kyles, started his career in law enforcement after completing two tours in the Vietnam War. He joined the Alabama State Trooper Training Academy on September 11, 1972 in Montgomery, AL. He was one of the first African American Alabama State Troopers. After completing the Trooper Training Academy he returned to Mobile, AL and worked in the Mobile Highway Patrol Division. In October 1979, he was promoted to Corporal and was transferred to the Evergreen Highway Patrol Division in Evergreen, AL. In February 1984; he returned home to Mobile and begin working in the Mobile Highway Patrol Division before being promoted to Sergeant and transferring to the Selma Driver License Division. He remained in Selma, AL until May 1988, when he was transferred back to Mobile, AL and continued his work as a Sergeant in the Mobile Highway Patrol Division. In May 1988, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was transferred back to Selma, AL. In June 1994, he was promoted to Captain and remained at the Selma Highway Patrol Division for four years before moving to the Montgomery Highway Patrol Division. In July 2000, he returned home to Mobile to lead the Mobile Highway Patrol Division until he retired in 2007. During his time as an Alabama State Trooper Ret. Captain Oscar Kyles, overcame many obstacles to become one of the first African American Alabama State Troopers and the first African American Troop G Commander.
Ret. Captain Kyles was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Autherine Kyles, three sisters: Mattie (Clinton) Jackson, Rennie (Oscar) Williams and Allie Mae Woodard, five brothers: Joe Kyles Jr, Eddie (Pat) Kyles, Jimmie (Deloris) McCants and Rev. George Kyles and one adoptive daughter Deszeray Summers.
Ret. Captain Kyles leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 17 years Creola M. Kyles, two daughters: Marcia (Toberrio) Perry and Ashley Kyles, both of Birmingham, AL, one grandsons Xavier Perry of Birmingham, AL, one stepdaughter Cherita (Eric) Walker of Nashville, TN, one stepson Derrick Summers of Chicago, IL, one sister Nancy Kyles Blackmon of Theodore, AL, and one brother Walter Kyles of Theodore, AL. Ret. Captain Kyles also leaves behind two devoted godchildren: Cleo Clemmons and Chabyas Clemons, one devoted niece Sherri Chase and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.