Blanche Ann Walton Taylor

Greenbrier Baptist Church Cemetery

        On Thursday evening October 9, 2003 Blanche Ann Walton Taylor calmly entered into a quiet realm of beauty when she was called from labor here on earth to a divine reward in heaven. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Samuel Henry Taylor Sr.

        Blanche Ann Walton Taylor was born on July 2, 1923 in Powhatan County, VA to the late Carl and Estelle Walton. Blanche moved to New Jersey at a young age where she attended the public school system in Rutherford, New Jersey. After leaving New Jersey she came home to Powhatan and was joined in holy matrimony to Samuel Henry Taylor Sr. in 1942.

        Blanche was a child care provider for several years, and cared for many children in the community. She was a faithful member of Greenbrier Baptist Church and Sunday School and served as a Deaconess, a member of the Missionary and a Sunday School Teacher until her health failed. When she could no longer walk to church her children would bring her in her wheel chair and place her in her favorite pew.

        Blanche was an avid gardener, who loved to plant flowers to beautify her home as well as her church. She had a love for cooking and baking and was known for her sweet potato pies and potato salad (many feet have rested under her dining room table).

        She leaves to cherish fond memories, eight children, Estelle Hicks of Richmond, VA, Mary Taylor, (devoted daughter and care giver) of Powhatan, Samuel Taylor Jr., Moses Taylor, Overton Taylor of Powhatan, Elois Jackson of Richmond, VA, Spencer Taylor and Tina Harris of Powhatan; fourteen grandchildren one devoted, Trisha Hayes (Floyd); thirteen great-grandchildren; six sisters, Alberta Harris, Amy Taylor, Fannie Brown, Thelma Hobson, Christine Mitchell of Powhatan and Ruth Brown of Richmond; two brothers, William Walton and Carl Walton Jr. of Powhatan; four brothers-in-law, Freddie Taylor, Richard Harris, Bernard Davis and Paul Watson; eight sisters-in-law, Shirley Walton, Susie Preston, Belle Matthews, Rose Piper, Mabel Walton, Drucilla Davis, Ophelia Watson, and Violet Brown; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Taylor; two sons-in-law, MacDonald Jackson and Rodney Harris; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends, one devoted Queen Jackson.

"You Are The One"

You are the One, who leads the way,
The shining truth that lights my day,
You are the peace that fills my soul,
That comforts me, that makes me whole.

I am the one, who follows You
With thankful heart in all I do,
O precious Savior, I rejoice,
That I have heard Thy loving voice.

When life is done, and I in death,
Shall draw one last, reluctant breath,
You are the One, whose face I'll see,
My Blessed Lord, who died for me.

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