CARL ALEXANDER TAYLOR, SR. was born to the late Carl Taylor and Jane Martin Taylor on June 30, 1924, in New York City. He departed this earthly life on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Roanoke Rapids Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
During his early life, he became an avid amateur boxer and weight lifter. He joined the United States Marine Corp and served his country during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he became a member of the New York City Fire Department and retired after twenty-three years of dedicated service.
Carl developed a deep interest in the history of African people the world over. He loved playing handball and flourished as a prolific artist. After residing in New York for many years and retiring from his job, he relocated to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he remained for ten years and taught art.
Upon returning to the States, Carl settled in Littleton, North Carolina, where he lived for approximately thirty years. Always active, he kept busy by building his huge music collection consisting mostly of jazz, playing pool, proving to be an excellent player, and taking karate and guitar lessons at the age of sixty. In addition to his many other passions, he also loved playing chess and cards, and enjoyed telling funny stories of his life experiences.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of twenty-eight years, Dorothy Taylor, who was the mother of their five children; his second wife, Margaret Alston Taylor; his son, Darryl Taylor; and his two sisters, Thelma and Clarice Taylor.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of his life are his children, Doretha Breedy, Gyasi Bey (Vicky), Laura Lewis, and Gregory Taylor (Janice); nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; his longtime companion, Dorothy Lyons; and countless nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in the funeral home chapel. Bro. Lewis Matthews, Sr. will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Littleton, NC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 7:00-9:00 P.M.