On October 31, 1945, Samuel Taylor was born to Sam Taylor and Mary Brown Taylor in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was the second of their four children. He fell asleep in death on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Warren Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Warrenton, North Carolina.
Samuel’s early life was spent in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he resided with his family until they relocated to Littleton, North Carolina.
As a young man, he accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at the Odell Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, where he remained a member.
His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, where he completed his years at the former McIver High School in Littleton, North Carolina. He began his employment career with the Pepsi Cola Company in Littleton, North Carolina, and later became employed with the Halifax County Public School System.
Samuel was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Mary Taylor; his devoted wife, Mary M. Sledge-Taylor; and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Taylor.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of his life are his children, Allen Sledge, Samuel Taylor (Terry), and Anthony Taylor all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Brenda Taylor of Raleigh, NC; his grandchildren, Shaunique Taylor and Shaunques Thorpe of Raleigh, NC, Andrea Taylor of Hollister, NC, Danielle Taylor of Durham, NC, Raven Taylor of Greenville, NC, and Gerrode Grant, Korey Grant, Tyresse Smith and Nicholas Smith all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his great-grandchildren, Ticario Holman, Tayana Richardson and Jaceyon Thorpe all of Raleigh, NC; his sisters, Dorothy Williams and Phyllis Taylor of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Davis (Charles) of Littleton, NC, and Gloria Pitchford of Brooklyn, NY; one brother-in-law, Henry Sledge, Jr. of Littleton, NC; his nieces, Christine Boyd (Ben), Veronica Banks (Wayne), Lisa Browning (William), and Nikia Smith all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Tamiko Liagoure (Michael) of Garysburg, NC; his nephew, Jesse Coppage of Philadelphia, PA; his special, devoted friends, Eddie Casey, Sylvester “Bo” Vincent, and Rosa Lee all of Littleton, NC, and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the funeral home with Rev. Clinton Boyd officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in honor of Samuel Taylor to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., Miami, Florida 33134.