Deacon Wayne Anthony Taylor

July 12, 1954 ~ October 4, 2021 (age 67)


(Family's Request:  Let the following be known to all!  Deacon Wayne Anthony Taylor's Casket will NOT be opened after the completion of Bishop Lewis' Eulogy.  However, after the Funeral Service, a final VIEWING will be held at Westview Cemetery)


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The family members and friends will be observing the COVID-19 Health Rules (Face Masks “over Mouth and Nose” and Social Distancing will be required)


 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.   Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”  (Psalm 121:1-4)   


In profound sorrow, the Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service join with the Ford, Borden and Taylor families to announce Deacon Wayne Anthony Taylor of Kinston, North Carolina, age 67, has completed his earthly journey. 

Deacon Taylor transitioned from labor to reward Monday, October 4, 2021 at UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston, North Carolina.  He was lovingly known by his daughters as “Buddy” and by his family members and friends as “Hammy.” 

He was born in Smith County, Texas, July 12, 1954, to the late Mr. Ramie Ulysses Taylor and Mrs. Dorothy Ford-Taylor.

He was educated in the Smith County School System. He graduated from John Tyler High School in 1972. He furthered his education at Montgomery Community College in Takoma Park, Maryland.

During Deacon Taylor’s life, he united with and attended Mount Olive Baptist Church of Tyler, Texas.  Years later, he united with Living Hope Church Ministries of Kinston, NC.

During Deacon Taylor’s working years, he worked as a Store Manager for Food Lion in Kinston, North Carolina.   Also, he worked at Masterbrand Cabinets until officially retiring in January, 2017.   

Deacon Taylor was a business man.  God blessed him with the knowledge to own his own lawn care business, “Hammy’s Lawn Service.”

Deacon loved grilling!  He was the family’s backbone.  “Buddy” enjoyed those “Dallas Cowboys,” family outings, family cookouts, seeing and being around his children, his grandchild, family members and friends.

Deacon Taylor was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. El Doris Jones; his two brothers, Mr. Raymond Taylor and Mr. Ivan Keith Taylor.

A public visitation will be held Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Britt Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, 414 East Washington Street, La Grange, North Carolina 28551. 

Also, A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, October 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the Living Hope Church Ministries, 2217 Daly Waldrop Road, Kinston, North Carolina 28504.  

Interment will follow the Celebration of Life Service in the Westview Cemetery, 917 Hillcrest Road, Kinston, North Carolina 28504.

Deacon Taylor leaves to cherish his sweet and loving memories to his wife, Mrs. Ernestine “Tina” Taylor; his mother-in-law of the home, Mrs. Mable Borden; his two daughters, Ms. Latoya Taylor and Ms. La Tonya Taylor both of Kinston, North Carolina; his sister, Ms. Marva Jones of Tyler, Texas; his brothers, Mr. Donald Taylor and wife, Mrs. Jackie, of Temecula, California and Mr. Maurice Taylor and wife, Mrs. Patricia, of Atlanta, Georgia; his sisters-in-law, Ms. Genevieve Borden of Bayboro, North Carolina, Ms. Brenda Borden of Greensboro, North Carolina and Ms. Sephie Taylor of Raleigh, North Carolina; his brothers-in-law, Mr. Geronimo Hodges and wife, Mrs. Annie, of Portsmouth, Virginia, Mr. Anthony Borden and wife, Mrs. Maria, of Lansing, Michigan  and Mr. William “Buddy” Borden of Clayton, North Carolina; his special granddaughter, Ms. Aaliyah Gorham, whom he affectionately called, “Poppa’s Big Baby” and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Monday, October 11, 2021, the family members and friends will assemble at Living Hope Church Ministries, 2217 Daly Waldrop Road, Kinston, North Carolina 28504 at 12:15 p.m. in preparation for the family lineup and the Celebration of Life Service.

Floral arrangements may be delivered to Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 414 East Washington Street, La Grange, North Carolina beginning Saturday morning, October 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cards, Love-Grams and Condolences may be faxed to Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 252-566-5604 or posted online at or by calling Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 252-566-5603.

Professional services, of love and care, are entrusted to Britt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, LLC in La Grange, North Carolina.



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October 10, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Britt Funeral Home Memorial Chapel
414 East Washington Street
La Grange, NC 28551

Funeral Service
October 11, 2021

1:00 PM
Living Hope Church Ministries
2217 Daly Waldrop Road,
Kinston, NC 28504

October 11, 2021

2:30 PM
Westview Cemetery
917 Hillcrest Road
Kinston, NC 28504

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