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Walter Taylor Jr., 76, of La Plata died Sept. 25, 2012, at Genesis Center in La Plata.
He was born July 7, 1936, to the late Walter Taylor Sr. and Addie Rogers Taylor Madre in Northampton County, Va.
He was known as “Junior” to his brothers and sisters. He received his education in the public school system in Accomack County, Va. He was employed as a tractor trailer driver for many years until he retired.
He married Josie Mae Addison Taylor Major, and they had six children. He came to live with his daughter, Faith, until he became too ill for her to care for him; she found a nursing facility that could. He lived at the nursing home until his death. He was a man that wouldn’t complain. Everyone at the facility loved him. They would say to his children, “Your Dad is so polite and pleasant.” His favorite saying, when asked how he was doing, was, “Good, thank the Lord.” He gave his life to Christ on July 16, 2007, at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church under the guidance of the Rev. Mabel Smith. He sang in the men’s choir. He loved coming to church and singing for the Lord. He was quiet and very respectful. He loved his children and family.
He was preceded in death by his son, Walter Taylor III; sisters, Judy and Gladys; granddaughter, RayAnn Smith; and in-laws, Ruby Taylor, William Garris and Charles Bagwell.
He is survived by his daughters, Alice and Faith Taylor, Deborah and her husband, Chris Wilson, Mazie Williams, Mona and her husband, Thorrind Woolford, Deatrice and her husband, Garrett Cooper, Linda and Charlotte Taylor; stepsons, Grayson and Efrain Taylor; brother, Wayne Taylor; sisters, Barbara and her husband, Carlton Tindely, Marie Garris, Norma and her husband, Samuel Drummond, Asia and her husband, William Nock, and Brenda and her husband, the Rev. Willie White Sr.; brother-in-law, Donald Sturgis; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; uncles, William Jr., John West and Cleveland Rogers; aunts, Mary Drummond, Patricia Orgias, Maepellam Beckett and Gloria Jean Rogers; stepbrothers, Garland Kellam and his wife, Mary Louise, and Horace Lee Madre; adopted daughters, Jackie Jones, Denise Swann and Virgie McGee, who helped care for him; a very close friend, Clearance Henson; and a host of nephews, nieces, other family and friends and his church family.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Zion Wesley United Methodist Church in Waldorf, with the Rev. Richard B. Black officiating.
Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall.