December 30, 1930 - July 5, 2021
Our mother, MATTIE LEE TAYLOR, was born on December 30, 1930 to the late Lillian and Henry Wilson, Sr. in Florence, Mississippi. She was a farm girl and enjoyed a busy childhood with her 16 brothers and sisters: Henry Wilson, Jr., Louise Wilson, Lillian Wilson, Clara Wilson, Lindsey Wilson, Julious Wilson, Arthur Wilson, J.C. Wilson, Annie Lee Wil son, Pearlie Wilson, Ida Wilson, Minnie Lee Wilson, Charlie Wilson, Lovie Wilson, Annie Mae Wilson and Claude Wilson of whom, ALL preceded her in death. Her death retires this generation. Also, preceding her in death are her two daughters, Evonne Horne and Gloria Taylor and a son, John Taylor. Being the middle child and having to take care of her younger siblings, she developed a love for being a caretaker and enjoyed over 40 years with the Mississippi State Hospital as a Clinic Nurse. During her early life, she joined the Rock Star Missionary Baptist Church and was an avid churchgoer along with her 7 children. She was blessed with a voice for singing and often sung “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me," "I've Got to Walk Through the Valley," and "When You Hear of My Home Going, Don't Worry About Me." Later, she continued her spiritual growth with the United Missionary Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of Pastor Jonathan T. Phillips and was a "Mother" of the church. She adored her pastor and first lady and was loved by so many. Those whom she couldn't win over by singing, she did so by cooking. Not only was she a church mother, but also a mother to those who were motherless, those who needed encouraging, those who needed a shoulder for crying, and an ear for listening. She had a special relationship with each of her many grandchildren as well as family members, and knew what she had to do to strengthen the weak links in the family chain. Her children idolized her. She was the glue that held the family together. She believed in family togetherness, family fellowship, family prayer, and spoke highly on family forgiveness. She sung to her ailing sisters and brother and the many people that called upon her. She even called as well as received calls to sing the "Happy Birthday" song. She put smiles on many faces. She leaves a treasure of memories for her daughters: Mary Kersh (John) and Jennie Taylor, both of Brandon, MS, Lillian Taylor-Smith (Willie) of Clinton, MS and a son, Eddie Taylor (Barbara), also of Brandon, MS. Her legacy of love will continue to be shared through a pleth ora of grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, friends, a caring community, and a church of loving members.
Our mother, MATTIE LEE TAYLOR, was born on December 30, 1930 to the late Lillian and Henry Wilson, Sr. in Florence, Mississippi. She was a farm girl and enjoyed a busy childhood with her 16 brothers and sisters: Henry Wilson, Jr., Louise Wilson,... View Obituary & Service Information
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