Mr. Raymond L. "Boot" Taylor, Jr.



Winston Salem, NC

"It is Beautiful; it is like a trace, if this is death, it is sweet. God is calling me and I must go. Please don’t call me back” D.L. Moody, 1889

As a new year was dawning so did the life of Mr. Raymond Lee Taylor Jr. born Saturday January 4, 1941 in rural Nash County, North Carolina to the union of Mr. Raymond Taylor Sr and Mary Magdalene Harrison Taylor. The family would later relocate to rural Wilson County, North Carolina where his father was an overseer on the Braswell Farm. During his formative years the seeds of a good education, a strong work ethic, family and a faith in God were sown.

Raymond attended grammar school at Turner School and later matriculated to Frederick Douglass High School. During the fall of 1957 the family relocated to the Leggett Road Area of Rocky Mount. Where he then became a 1959 graduate of Phillips High School, Battleboro, North Carolina.

Raymond and his siblings along with their parents worked countless hours harvesting corn and tobacco. He oftened recanted the long hours, the hard work and his daily routine of milking the family’s cow “Bessie”.

Shortly, after graduation Raymond relocated to Newport New, Virginia which he often referred to as God’s County. He would go on to spend the next fifty-six years there mainly
living in the Newsome Park Area. He was the owner and operator of A & L Professional Carpet Services for fifty-three years. He took great pride in his work and his customers. He would often say “He produced the best work because he was not a jack legged carpet layer”.

Raymond was baptized at an early age and joined the Hickory View Baptist Church under the leadership of the Elder J.H. Dixon. In October of 2002 he was baptized again and joined the Grace Fellowship Church a multicultural/multiracial ministry there he was actively involved in retired workers ministry on Tuesday mornings. He would later transition to Liberty Baptist Church of Hampton, Virginia another multicultural/multiracial ministry. Where he was an active member of the Senior Adult School Class it was here that he met Kendall & Jean Parker whom quickly became his confidants. While at Liberty Baptist Church he was known for his made from scratch Banana Pudding and Homemade Carrot Cake.

Raymond desiring to be closer to his family after the passing of his mother decided to relocate to Winston Salem, North Carolina in August of 2015.

He was an avid reader of his bible and biblical materials. He was also a lover of family gatherings. It was his joy to spend Thanksgiving 2017 surrounded by love of his family.
Then Tuesday April 3, 2018 Raymond quietly joined that immeasurable caravan of travelers to that distance land where no traveler has ever return.

Raymond was predeceased by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Taylor Sr, two sisters Gertrude and Bessie Katherine, his wife Patricia Taylor.

Family Members to cherish his memories are three sisters: Lucy Lean Taylor of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Mary Helen Taylor Smalls (Jerry) of Brooklyn, New York, His primary caregiver Annie Ruth Taylor Caesar of Winston-Salem, North Carolina Two Brothers: Marion Lee Taylor (Geraldine) of Brooklyn, New York and Donald Lorenzo Harrison of Litchfield, Arizona. Six Nephews, Four Nieces, fifteen great nieces and nephews and three great, great nephews. Numerous Cousins and Special Friends Kendall and Jean Parker of Hampton Virginia

A Visitation for Mr. Taylor will be held from 1:30 am to 2:30 pm, with the Funeral Service following the Visitation, beginning at 2:30 pm, on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Hickory View Baptist Church, located at 3911 Bullock School Rd, in Rocky Mount, NC with his nephew, Elder Lawrence K. Taylor, will deliver the eulogy. The Interment will take place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10:00 am in Gardens of Gethsemane in Rocky Mount, NC.

These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 325 Nash Street in Rocky Mount, NC.

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