In Loving Memory
Reverend Clifton Taylor Jr was born on August 13, 1946, in Carpenter, Mississippi to the late Clifton and Mary Lee Taylor Sr. Reverend Taylor received his education in the Copiah County Public School System. He later enrolled in Utica Junior College where he acquired his Barber’s license. In 1967, he moved to Florida and began driving for D&D Construction Company while driving taxicab for two years. Reverend Taylor decided he wanted to move from taxi driving and pursue driving eighteen wheelers which, lead him to retirement as an Owner Operator truck driver for 48 years.
On January 8, 1973, he was united in holy matrimony with Annie Dean and to this union came four beautiful children.
At an early age, Reverend Taylor accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He continued his walk with God and in June of 1976, he joined Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. While faithfully attending Rock or Ages and supporting his pastor, he became an Ordained Deacon and then a Minister.
Everyone knew of Reverend Taylor’s faithfulness to the ministry and his compassion for others that led him to begin a street and food ministry. He was known as a peacemaker for his work as a marriage counselor. Reverend Taylor was also known as a personal chef, at times, whipping up delicious southern dishes. Reverend Taylor was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, and servant to God. He is and will be sadly missed.
On January 8, 2021, Reverend Taylor asked the question for the last time, “Lord, how long”? The Lord said, “Enough my child, no more pain, come home to Me and take your rest”.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving wife: Annie Taylor, children: Clifton (Tangela) Taylor III of Macon, GA., Jeboria Taylor-McGowan (Moses), Tequeshe Taylor both of Miami, FL., Katrina Thompson (Manuel) of Macon, GA; four adopted children: Shovondee Dean of Orlando, FL, Tiffany, Zakia Dean, and Timothy Smith all of Miami, FL; siblings: Gladys Steele of Raymond, MS, Chester Taylor and Evangelist Brenda Wilson of Utica, MS., Pastors Glenda Wilson (Clames) of Picayune, MS., Perry Taylor of New Orleans, LA, Ricky Taylor (Lisa) of Orlando, FL., Katrina Johnson (Eddie) of Vicksburg, MS.; two loving sisters-in-law: Hilda Wilkerson of Miramar, FL and Debra Smothers of Miami, FL., and a host of God-children, nieces, nephews and sorrowing friends.