Bloomington - DeWitt Taylor,
Jr, 87, of Bloomington passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Monday, April
28, 2014 at Asta Care Center in Bloomington.
His funeral service will be held at
12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Loving Missionary
Baptist Church in Bloomington with Pastor William L. Johnson
officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until
the time of services at the church on Saturday.
Cremation rites will be accorded
following the services. Inurnment will be held at a later
date at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. In lieu
of flowers, memorials may be made to Loving Missionary Baptist
Church or to the Alzheimer's Association. The family of
DeWitt has entrusted Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in
Bloomington to handle arrangements for their loved one.
DeWitt was born on January 19, 1927
in Fairfield, AL, a son of DeWitt and Lula Mae Strother Taylor,
Sr. He married Gertrude Miller on November 21, 1957 in
Bloomington. She preceded his in death on April 23, 2007.
Surviving are two sons, Stanley
Taylor of Seattle, WA and Richard (Pamela) Taylor of Bloomington;
two daughters, Crystal (J.D.) Curry of Bloomington and Teedra
(Rodney) Wilson of Bloomington; six grandchildren, TeTiana Emerson,
Rashad Wilson, Maya Wilson, Josiah Taylor, Mariah Taylor and
Zachariah Taylor, all of Bloomington.
In addition to his wife,
Gertrude, DeWitt was preceded in death by his parents; a
daughter, Sandra Taylor; a grandson, Derrick Taylor; and a brother,
DeWitt graduated from Fairfield
High School in Fairfield, AL. After leaving Fairfield,
Al., DeWitt worked for Thompson Bakery in Louisville,
KY. prior to being transferred to the Thompson Bakery in
Bloomington, IL. He worked for 35+ years at Bloomington
Provision Co. as a meat packing foreman, better known as "Big
He was one of the founding members
of Loving Missionary Baptist Church in Bloomington where he
served as a deacon, a trustee and a Sunday school teacher. He was
also a member of the male chorus and the Missionary Society. He
trained candidates for deacon ship and he spent countless
hours mentoring young men throughout the community.
DeWitt was a member of MAPP
(Minority and Police Partnership), Illinois Cemetery and Funeral
Home Association and NAACP. He was a trustee for many years
at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington.
DeWitt was a very kind and sweet
man with a loving nature. He didn't have a problem "telling
it like it is". In a tactful manner. He served others by dedicating
his time as a volunteer at numerous nursing homes. DeWitt and his
late wife, Gertrude would host annual Christmas shopping trips for
nursing home residents, through the Missionary Society at Loving
Missionary Baptist Church. They truly enjoyed this annual
event by bringing joy to others.
The family wishes to extend special
thanks to Dr. Kenney, Angela and Asta Care for the "special care"
and consideration shown to our Daddy for many years. To the
Loving Missionary Baptist Church family and friends, we thank you
for your continuous prayers and visits to our Daddy throughout the
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