Joseph E. Taylor, 87, departed this earthly life on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at his home.

Born on Nov. 16, 1929, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Edwin and Rhoda Maple Taylor. He was educated in the South Carolina local public school system and joined Wayman Chapel AME Church at an early age. Joseph was married to the late Margaret Howard Taylor in 1950 and to this union three children were born. Staff Sgt. Joseph Taylor Sr. enlisted in the United States Army in 1948. His tours of duty were served in Germany and Korea. He completed his time at Langley Army Base, Newport News, Virginia. After completing his military service time, Joseph returned back to Wedgefield and attended agricultural school because of his love for the family land he inherited. Joseph worked as an agricultural farmer for more than 50 years and kept the family heavily engaged in working the land to support his family. Joseph also served as the top chef for a few years at the Officers Club, Shaw Air Force Base. From there, he migrated to Campbell Soup Co., where he worked for more than 44 years and saw the company changed twice under new management labeling, which is now known as Pilgrim's Pride. Joseph retired in 2006.

He leaves to cherish his memories: three children, Dr. Edna Taylor-Capers (Ricky) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Gwendolyn Singletary (Paul) of Columbia and Joseph K. Taylor Jr. of Wedgefield; five grandchildren; his siblings, Janie Pinckney, Sarah Kelly, Elizabeth Hogan, Juanita Morrison, Florence Young, Ernest Taylor, Earline Sinkler and Edna Scarborough; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Homegoing services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Wayman Chapel AME Church, 160 N. Kings Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Broughton Jr., pastor, eulogist.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 435 Tampa Gold Road, Wedgefield.

The remains will be placed in the church at 9 a.m.

The procession will leave at 9:20 a.m. from the home.

Burial will be at Wayman Chapel AME Church Cemetery.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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