Vivian Taylor

On January 9, 2013 Mother Vivian Taylor celebrated 97 years of life. On this very special day she received the greatest birthday gift that anyone could ever desire. On this day, she released the hand of mankind and grasped the hand of her Lord. On this day she received her greatest reward, the gift of everlasting rest and peace in Heaven with Jesus her Lord and Savior. God gave her physical life on this day and on this day He gave her eternal life.

Mother Vivian Taylor was born January 9, 1916 in Shongaloo, La., the daughter of Thomas (Tom) Wortham and Emma (Babe) Thomas. She was the ninth of nine children and resided in Shongaloo and Springhill, La.

Mother Taylor was united in holy matrimony to Ennis J. Taylor, Sr.. This union lasted over 65 years. To the union 11 children were born. Her husband (Ennis J. Taylor, Sr.), three boys and three girls preceded her in death.

After marriage, through her mother-in-law (Viola Taylor) guidance she united with the Church of God in Christ in Louisiana. Mother Taylor worked at jobs that were common in her day, farm laborer and housekeeper. When Mother Taylor relocated with her husband and family to Pine Bluff, Ark., she was fortunate to get a job at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (formally known as Davis Hospital). She loved her job and was employed there for over 30 years.

Mother Taylor united with East End C.O.G.I.C. and was a faithful member. She was a prayer warrior, dedicated Sunday school student, a member of the Mother’s Board, a Sunday School Booster and loyal attendance to her church until the last week of her life.

Mother Taylor leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Howard (Margie) Taylor, Pine Bluff, Larry (Patricia) Taylor, Flint, Mich., and Tommy Taylor, Pine Bluff; two daughters, Martha (Joshua) Shields, Pine Bluff and Janyce (Dennis) Gates, Springhill, La.; a special son-in-law, L.V. McGee, 33 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, 28 great great grandchildren; three special nieces, Betty Jo Eason, Billie Blanks, Ethel Washington, other relatives and friends including special friends Louise Bennett and “Little Linda”, a good neighbor Francis Johnson and Chief Cook and grandson Rickey Scott. Howard was a good “Momma Sitter”. Tommy loved her too.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at East End Church of God in Christ by Elder W.J. Johnson. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary.

Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

The family will be at 1404 West 2nd Avenue.

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The body will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. until funeral time.