TAMPA, Fla. - Michael Gavan Taylor, 50, passed away on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Tampa.
The fourth and youngest son of Joseph and Ida Blanding Taylor, Michael was born on Wednesday, May 24, 1967, at Elmhurst General Hospital, Queens, New York.
Michael grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, where he was educated in the New York City school system, graduating from Aviation High School, Long Island City, New York. After high school, Michael joined the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of his time in the Marines, Michael moved to Sumter, where he served 24 years in law enforcement between the South Carolina Department of Corrections and the Department of Homeland Security. At the time of Michael's passing, he had attained the rank of senior special agent.
A family man, Michael met his true soulmate, Nydia Raquel, in 2011 and they were married on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Tampa. Michael was a loving, devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend to all who had the honor to meet him.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Taylor; and his son, Joseph Gavan Taylor.
Michael's infectious and loving spirit will be cherished by his loving wife, Nydia R. Taylor of Tampa; his sons, Ronald J. Davis of Sumter, Airman Jonathan L. Taylor of Tampa and Mathias Martinez of the home; his daughters, Nakia (Quintin) Patrick of Tampa and Natally Vega of the home; his grandchildren, Dayvion, Jordyn, Myah, Juliana and Emmanuel; his mother, Ida B. Taylor of Sumter; his brothers, Richard A. Taylor of Lincoln, Nebraska, Cornel Taylor of Cary, North Carolina, and Emmanuel T. Taylor of Sumter; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, friends and colleagues.
A memorial prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. today at Gonzalez Funeral Home in Tampa and a celebration of life service will also be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter.
Florida arrangements: Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the local arrangements.