MINNIE RUTH SILVER TAYLOR, her life’s work finished and approved by God, closed her eyes and relaxed into eternal sleep on Monday, November 16, 2020, at her home in Littleton, North Carolina, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Robert Silver, Sr. and the late Mary Alice Manley Silver on April 17, 1948, in Halifax County, North Carolina.
During her early life, Minnie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. She later transferred her membership to the Odell Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, to be with her husband, John Daniel “Pump” Taylor, who preceded her in death.
Minnie’s formal education was received in the Warren County Public School System. She then attended Winston-Salem State University where she developed her love for educating children. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career in the Halifax County Public School System and remained until ill health prevailed. After retirement, Minnie could be found working at the church, reading a novel, singing, fishing, or tutoring her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She never turned a child away.
In addition to her mother and loving husband, Minnie was preceded in death by one son, Dexter Devon Taylor; and one grandson, JeNorye Zequan Britt.
Those loved ones remaining to memorialize her life and share the legacy of her abundant love are her two children, John D.Taylor III (Zaila) of Jacksonville, FL, and Elfredia Taylor of Rocky Mount, NC; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her father and stepmother, Robert and Gussie Silver of Littleton, NC; two brothers, Larry Silver, Sr. (Martha) of Durham, NC, and Robert Silver, Jr. (Angela) of Charlotte, NC; four sisters, Paulette Ingram (Ken) of Durham, NC, Kathy Pair (Joshua) of Rocky Mount, NC, Deborah James (Michael) of Gaston, NC, and Gloria Boyd (Terry) of Garysburg, NC; two other brothers-in-law, Robert Taylor (Edith) and Nick Taylor (Deloris) all of Littleton,NC; three other sisters-in-law, Carolyn Thorne, Iwana Payne (Carl), and Wynonia Taylor all of Littleton, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The passing of Minnie has left a void in the lives of those who loved and cherished her. She was truly a woman of warmth, grace, and amazing strength who had a vision to instill, a spirit to infuse, and a talent to inspire.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 22, 2020, in the Silver Family Cemetery, Embro-Odell Road, Littleton, NC. Rev. Lennis Thorpe, Sr. will deliver the eulogy. Because of Covid-19, all CDC guidelines will be followed by the wearing of masks, social distancing, and limiting the number of persons in attendance. A viewing will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 3:00-5:00 P.M. Only five persons will be allowed to enter at any one time.