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Walter Taylor Jr., 76, of La Plata died Sept. 25, 2012, at Genesis Center in La Plata.
Born July 7, 1936, in Northampton County, Va., he was the son of the late Walter Taylor Sr. and Addie Rogers Taylor Madre.
Known as “Junior” to his siblings, 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 was blessed with six children.
He lived with his daughter, Faith, in Hollywood until he became too ill for her to care for him and he moved to the Genesis Center.
He was a man who never complained. Everyone at the center loved him. They would say, “Your dad is so polite and pleasant.” When asked how he was doing, would reply, “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.
Walter is survived by eight daughters, Alice and Faith Taylor, Deborah (Chris Wilson), Mazie Williams, Mona (Thorrind Woolford), Deatrice (Garrett Copper) and Linda and Charlotte Taylor; two stepsons, Grayson and Efrain Taylor; one brother, Wayne Taylor; five sisters, Barbara (Carlton Tindely), Marie Garris, Norma (Samuel Drummond), Asia (William Nock) and Brenda (the Rev. Willie White Sr.); one brother-in-Law, Donald Sturgis; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three uncles, William Jr., John West and Cleveland Rogers; four aunts, Mary Drummond, Patricia Orgias; Maepellam Beckett and Gloria Jean Rogers; two stepbrothers, Garland Kellam (Mary Louise) and Horace Lee Madre; three adopted daughters, Jackie Jones, Denise Swann and Virgie McGee, who helped care for him; a close friend, Clearance Henson; and many other relatives, friends and his church family.
He was preceded in death by a son, Walter Taylor III; sisters, Judy and Gladys; one granddaughter, RayAnn Smith; and in-laws, Ruby Taylor, William Garris and Charles Bagwell.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at Zion Wesley United Methodist Church in Waldorf. The Rev. Richard Black will officiate.
Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall.