Funeral Friday: Willie Taylor (1909-1985)

A complete transcription of his funeral program is below:

In Loving Memory of Brother Willie Taylor

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
BROTHER WILLIE TAYLOR
December 16, 1909 — December 14, 1985

Tuesday, December 17, 1985
12:00 Noon
NORTHSIDE ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH
1811 Stevens Street
Houston, Texas

Reverend R. Staggers, Pastor
Officiating

In Loving Memory of Brother Willie Taylor - Obituary

Servant of God, well done
Thy glorious warfast past:
The battle is fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

= OBITUARY =

Birthplace:  Chapple Hill, Texas

Birthdate:  December 16, 1909

Parents:  Luke and Birdie (Deceased)

Marriage:  Mildred St. Romarin for 46 years, Houston, Texas July 27, 1939

Church Affiliation:  Northside Antioch Baptist Church (Over 30 years)

Sunset:  December 14, 1985 10:30 P.M.

Survivors: A devoted wife, Mildred; one son, John W. Taylor; one daughter, Mrs. Elaine Baker; a sister, Mrs. Ella Seller of New York; an aunt, Ms. Sally Lewis, Houston; two uncles: Jessie Green of Houston and Sterling Green of Bakersfield, California; four grandsons: Elgin, Jon and Michael; one grand-daughter, Marlive; one great grandson, Marcus and three great-grand-daughters: Nicole, Nichelle and Nia; other family members and loving friends. Also Victor, grandson.

In Loving Memory of Brother Willie Taylor - Order of Service

= ORDER OF SERVICE =

ORGAN PRELUDE

PROCESSIONAL
Minister and Family

HYMN

SCRIPTURES
Old and New Testament

PRAYER

HYMN

RESOLUTION
Church

REMARKS

OBITUARY
(Read Silently)

HYMN

EULOGY
Reverend Robert Staggers

RECESSIONAL

In Loving Memory of Brother Willie Taylor - Interment

ACTIVE PALLBEARERS
Deacons

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The family wishes to express their most sincere thanks and appreciation for the many kind expressions of sympathy extended during the hours of their sorrow.

INTERMENT
Cemetery Beautiful

Arrangements Entrusted To:
CLAY & CLAY MORTUARY
3101 Lyons Avenue
Houston, Texas 77020

 

 

Remembering Daddy

Remembering Daddy: The funeral services and obituary of my beloved father, John W. Taylor (1927-2010)

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Bro. John Willie Taylor
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Eleven O’clock a.m.
Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church
4300 Noble Street, Houston, Texas 77020
Rev. Leonard Barksdale, Pastor

Obituary

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OBITUARY
Where there is a beginning, there is an end . . .

BIRTHPLACE: Chappell Hill, Texas
BIRTHDATE: February 22, 1927
PARENTS: Willie Taylor and Louise Newsome Hubbard
MARRIAGE: Carrie Chapple for 61 years
CHURCH AFFILIATION: Brotherhood, Deacon, Trustee, Financial
Secretary for 38 years
SUNSET: February 7, 2010

Left in God’s care and to cherish his memory is his devoted wife, Carrie; two sons Elgin Taylor and wife Nina, and Jon Taylor; one daughter Marlive Taylor-Harris; one sister, Elaine Mayberry; three granddaughters, Nicole Taylor, Nichelle Taylor McLemore and husband Jason, and Nia Taylor; grandson, Marcus Bowie; two great-granddaughters, O’Liveja Bowie and Taylor McLemore; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Family Reflections

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My family is not known for being quiet. There is always a lot of loud talking and laughing when we all get-together. What I always noticed is that my grandfather didn’t seem to say much. But when he spoke everyone else shut up. He usually told a funny story about someone he knew or something from his childhood. He spoke softly, slowly, and deliberately. When he finished his story, we all erupted with laughter because it was naturally a hilarious story that he told. Then the noise level would resume. I always think of my grandfather as a man who loved his family and used his words well.
— Nicole Taylor

I have a lot of wonderful memories of Papa — making homemade ice cream, helping us crack pecans, going to Prairie View to farm, and many many others. But, what I have thought about the most in recent times is how proud he was of us all. I know that he was always praying for us and so proud when we did good things. At family gatherings, as we all sat around and enjoyed a great meal together, he would sit at the head of the table and would just beam. His expression said it all — I love my family, and I am so blessed and so proud. I will always miss and love my proud Papa.
— Nichelle Taylor McLemore

Papa grew the best sugar cane and made the best pecan pie. But, what I cherish most is his love for his family, his beliefs in right and wrong, and his dedication to hard work. Everyone should be so fortunate to have such an example.
— Nia Taylor 

When my mother was stuck at work, and my grandmother was trapped at home, it was my grandfather who came and got me from daycare during a tropical storm. I was 4. He carried me on his shoulders, and the water was up to his thigh. He was determined to get me home. Now what makes this story so memorable to me is the fact that my grandfather hated water because he could not swim but he put his fears aside to get me to safety. He became my second father, and I know he loved me every day of my life. He was a man of practical wisdom and was the epitome of strength for our family. Today, as I attend his funeral, I am not miserable or sad for I know he is beside his heavenly Father watching over us. I will miss him dearly, but I know his legacy will live forever.
— Marcus Bowie, Angel Boy 

Order of Service

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ORDER OF SERVICE

Prelude

Processional                                                                     Final Viewing

masons

KING DAVID LODGE #2500 MASONIC SERVICE
WAYNE JOHNSON JR., WORSHIPFUL MASTER

Congregational Selection                                                “I’ll Fly Away”

Scripture Readings
Old Testament  —  Psalms 23
New Testament — I Corinthians 15: 51 – 57

Prayer

Solo                                                                             Betty Armstrong

RESOLUTION(S) / ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

EXPRESSIONS (PLEASE LIMIT TO 2 MINUTES)

Obituary                                                         (Soft Music, Read Silently)

Solo                                                                                Nicole Taylor

Eulogy                                                               Rev. Leonard Barksdale

Recessional

Servant of God, well done. Thy glorious warfare past;
The battle is fought, the race is won,
and thou are crowned at last.

The Family

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Acknowledgements & Internment

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ACTIVE PALLBEARERS
Brotherhood
Deacons
Trustees

HONORARY PALLBEARERS
Elgin Taylor
Hodges Armstrong
Jon Taylor
Ralph Marshall
Marcus Bowie
Jason McLemore
Reginald Marshall

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The family of Bro. John Willie Taylor acknowledges with grateful appreciation the prayers, cards, flowers, and the many kind expressions of sympathy during the passing of their loved one. May God bless each of you.

INTERMENT
Golden Gate Cemetery
8400 Hirsch Road
Houston, Texas 77016

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS ENTRUSTED TO:
Robey Funeral Home
“A Family of Helping Hands”
403 W. Sterling Avenue
Baytown, Texas 77520
Telephone (281) 428-9911

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