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Joseph E. Taylor
Nov 16, 1929 to Oct 16, 2017


Joseph E. Taylor, 87, departed this earthly life on Monday, October 16, 2017, at his home. Born November 16, 1929, in Sumter County, he was the son of the late Edwin and Rhoda Maple Taylor. He was educated in the South Carolina local public school system and joined Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church at an early age. Joseph was married to the late Margaret Howard Taylor in 1950 and to this union was born three children. Staff Sergeant Joseph Taylor, Sr. enlisted in the United States Army in 1948. His tours of duty were served in Germany and Korea. He completed his time at Langley Army Base, Newport News, VA. After completing his military service time, Joseph returned back to Wedgefield and attended Agricultural school because of his love for the family land he inherited. Joseph worked as an Agricultural Farmer for over 50 years and kept the family heavily engaged in working the land to support his family. Joseph also served as the top chef for a few years at the Officers Club, Shaw Air Force Base. From there he migrated to Campbell Soup Company where he worked for over 44 years and saw the company changed twice under new management labeling which is now known as Pilgrimís Pride. Joseph retired in 2006. He leaves to cherish his memories: three children, Dr. Edna Taylor-Capers (Ricky) of Gaithersburg, MD, Gwendolyn Singletary (Paul) of Columbia, Joseph K. Taylor, Jr. of Wedgefield; five grandchildren; his siblings, Janie Pinckney, Sarah Kelly, Elizabeth Hogan, Juanita Morrison, Florence Young, Ernest Taylor, Earline Sinkler, Edna Scarborough; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Homegoing Services will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10 a. m. from the Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church, 160 North Kings Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Broughton, Jr., pastor, eulogist. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 435 Tampa Gold Road, Wedgefield. The Remains will be placed in the church at 9 a. m. The procession will leave from the home at 9:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church Cemetery.
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