Elder Dewey Taylor, Jr.

August 28, 1934 ~ March 7, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Elder Dewey Taylor, Jr. was born on August 28, 1934 to the late Dewey Taylor, Sr. and Louise A.T. Wolfe in Daytona Beach, FL and later raised in Starke, FL. He was the fifth of eight children, and preceded in death by his wife Missionary Evelyn Taylor, and siblings Beatrice Black, Charles Moses Taylor, Hardrick Taylor, Roosevelt Taylor, and Annie Williams.
From a very early age, Elder Dewey Taylor, Jr. was a talented artist and could draw beautiful images using whatever he could find. Rather it be drawing incredible images in the sand with a stick to drawing the Last Supper on a piece of fabric. He attended RJE High School in Starke and later completed his education at Bradford County Vocational and Technical School. After High School he served in the U.S. Army. After completing his time in the Army, he relocated to Orlando, FL and was employed with Seaboard Coastline Railroad which later became CSX Railroad for 32 years. During this time, he met and married the lovely Missionary Evelyn Williams Taylor, and from this union was the blessing of five children.
Elder Taylor’s personal testimony was that he had his faults, but when God brought about a change in his life, he didn’t look back. He served in the U.S. Army, but his greatest assignment was serving in the Army of the LORD. As a youth, he was a member of his mother’s ministry in Lincoln City “Cross the Creek” and at Pine St. C.O.G.I.C. in Starke,FL. In 1969, he accepted The LORD Jesus Christ as his personal savior and faithfully served at Evangelical Temple C.O.G.I.C in Orlando, FL. Returning to Starke, he was a dedicated member and served at Pine St. C.O.G.I.C. as an ordained minister and then years later as Pastor. He was eventually led to New Birth C.O.G.I.C. Raiford, FL under Pastor Curteis Stoutamire where he faithfully served for several years until his health began to decline. Elder Dewey Taylor, Jr. was a true example of what it means to live Jesus' first and greatest commandment to “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” and the second commandment, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” He loved God, his family, and others with every fiber of his being.
He leaves to cherish his memory are his children Robert Taylor of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Rosalyn Taylor Currington (Reynard) of Deltona, FL, Timothy Sr., Keith (Yaneisha), and Kevin Taylor all of Starke, FL. One brother Jeffery Conaway of Daytona Beach, FL and one sister Jenny Salami of Orlando, FL. 18 grandchildren, Kiara G., Dartez’ R., Kahnayla, Caiden, Kaia, Ja’Quez R., Diamon B., Aaliyah,Timothy, Jr., Ezekiel, Keith, Jr., Micah C., Azariah, Persia, King, Prince, Kahlani, and Zion. 1 great grandson, Montrez E..

 Two brother-in-laws Eddie Williams, Jr. of Middleburg, FL, Ted Williams (Gloria) of Orlando, FL, two sister in-laws Margaret Shaw (Willie) of Hawthorne, FL, and Mary Taylor of Daytona Beach, FL. Godchildren Karen, Natalya, Charlie Jr., and Pedro; Honorary children Marcus C., William G., Shawn N., Stefan N., Sharri B., Inga C., Deana I., Angelia B., Tracie J., Melissa T., and Cheryl S.; Special friends Elder Harvey Marshall, Ivory Hamilton, Rev. Esther Kelly, Evangelist Missionary Shirley Douglas, Pastor Barbara Pollock, Horace and Linda Nichols; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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March 17, 2023

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Phillip & Sons Visitation Suite
310 State Road 26
Melrose, FL 32666

Celebration of Life
March 18, 2023

12:00 PM
New Bethel Baptist Church
901 Keller Street
Starke, FL 32091

Interment following funeral service
March 18, 2023

Oddfellow Cemetery
3416 SE 139th Street
Starke, FL 32091


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