Minnis Erwin Taylor of Detroit, Mich., died early Monday at Henry Ford Hospital
in Detroit. “The angels in Heaven rejoiced as he walked through the
gates,” his family said.
Mr. Taylor was born in Greene County and was a son of the late Robert
John and Leta Taylor.
“He was talented in playing the guitar and singing gospel music with his
brother, Marvin Taylor. They have made many albums and tapes and were widely
known for coming to Greeneville and singing at various surrounding churches.
He loved his family very much and visited the Greeneville area often. His last
trip was at Christmas,” his family noted.
He was preceded in death by a brother: Howard Taylor; and a sister: Marlene Waddell.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years: Betty Taylor; one son and daughter-in-law:
Steve and Patty Taylor of Memphis; one daughter and son-in-law: Linda and Ray
Kilby of Greene County; three grandchildren: Lita Kilby of Greene County,
and Rachell Taylor and Zachary Taylor, both of Memphis; four sisters and
two brothers-in-law: Leula Buckner of Greeneville, and Mary Jo Wicker, Ruth
and Louie Keller, and Naomi and Cecil Copeland, all of Lansing, Mich.;
two brothers and sisters-in-law: Marvin and Louise Taylor of Detroit
and Eugene and Alice Taylor of Parrottsville; three brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law: Phillip and Carol Waddell and Jim and Geraldine Pierce,
all of Greeneville, and Paul Pierce of Detroit; two sisters-in-law and
a brother-in-law: Madge Britton of Afton, and Mary Ruth and Wayne Brown
of Greeneville; and several nieces and nephews.
A committal service was held at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, February 9, 2007 in
Gethsemane Cemetery. Family and friends met at the funeral home at noon to
go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be Johnathan Waddell, Phil Waddell, Gregg Taylor, Tony Nease, Terry
Britton, Mitch Bishop, Jordan Nease, and Joshua Nease.
Honorary pallbearers were to be his grandson, Zachary Taylor, and Jimmy Gunter,
Bobbie Greer, Joe Harrison, Dr. Lane Schriber, Dr. K. Gowda, Preston Stover,
and Charlie Ridges.
Condolences may be sent to the Taylor Family at www.rosehillfuneralhome.com
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