Mrs. Lillian King Taylor

Published 12:25 pm Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mrs. Lillian King Taylor, 94,a native of Selma, Alabama, was born May 3, 1919, to the late George W. and Rosa Price King.
She passed away November 29, 2013 in Selma.
Services will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12:00 noon at First Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Frederick Hardy. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery directed by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.
She was the youngest and the last surviving sibling of seven children born to this union.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, John D. Taylor of Samantha, AL, Tuscaloosa County.  Together, they lived a beautiful and loving Christian life for 64 years, and to this union one daughter was born, Rosa Lenora Taylor.
At an early age, Mrs. Taylor confessed Christ and was baptized in First Baptist Church, Selma, AL, where she remained and served as an active, loyal and faithful member until her health prevented her from participating in church activities.  She served as a Deaconess for more than 60 years; as a member of the Matrons organization; the Northeast Unit of the General Missionary Society, currently The Missionary Society; and was Director of the Children’s Choir for approximately 10 years.  She was a member of the Sunday School and the Baptist Training Union.
Mrs. Taylor received her elementary and high school education at Knox Academy, a private Presbyterian School.  She attended Stillman Institute (now Stillman College) for two years and later received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the Alabama State Teachers College (now Alabama State University).  Because of her love for children and desire to see them learn, Mrs. Taylor was a dedicated educator. She had a special passion for literacy and specialized in reading and phonics at the second grade level.  Mrs. Taylor taught in the Dallas County School System for 11 years and in the Selma City School System for 29 years as an elementary school teacher.  She was affiliated with the Selma-Dallas County Retired Teachers Association, the Alabama Education Association and the National Education Association.  Mrs. Taylor was also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by three brothers:  George, Cleophus and Alphonso King; and three sisters:  Rosa King (infant), Algene King Roscoe and Oceola King Milhouse.  She departed this life on November 29, 2013.
To cherish her memory, Mrs. Taylor leaves a loving and devoted daughter, Rosa L. Taylor of Selma, AL; a loving and devoted granddaughter, Lillian Taylor Fox of Huntsville, AL; Brothers-in-law:  Frederick (Bernice) Taylor of Dayton, OH, and Orrie (Angeles) Taylor of Oceanside, CA;  Sisters-in-law:  Elnoris Crummie of Tuscaloosa, AL; Inez McIntosh of Oceanside, CA; and Annette Pritchett of Chicago, IL;  three faithful nieces:  Olivia K. Shanklin of Washington, DC; Odessa T. Church (Isadore) of Tuscaloosa, AL; and Judy Lewis (Theodis) of Chatham, IL; a dear family friend Estella Tarver; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

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