The obituary of Green Taylor, Sr., school janitor.

Wilson Daily Times, April 1942.


In the 1910 census of Bull Head township, Greene County: farmer Greene Taylor, 28; wife Annie, 24; children Clara, 4, and Greene, 1; and cousin Lonnie Malons, 8.

On 25 February 1914, Green Taylor, 34, of Greene County, married Sula Swinson, 20, of Greene County, daughter of Willis and Matilda Swinson, in Bullhead, Greene County.

In the 1920 census of Snow Hill township, Greene County: farmer Green Taylor, 39; wife Sula, 30; and children Clara, 14, Green, 12, and Essie Lee, 4.

On 4 January 1930, Green Taylor, 49, of Wilson, son of Green and Viney Taylor, married Rebecca Ruffin, 44, of Greene County, daughter of George and Lucy Batts, in Wilson County. Free Will minister A. Bynum performed the ceremony in Wilson County.

In the 1930 census of Bull Head township, Greene County, N.C.: on Bullhead Wilson Road, farmer Green Taylor, 49; wife Rebecca, 45; sons Elijah, 10, and Alfred R., 9; and stepchildren Charlie, 19, farm laborer, Lillie, 10, Wauline, 7, and Julia Mercer Ruffins, 1.

On 20 September 1932, Green Taylor [Jr.], 24, of Wilson, son of Green Taylor, married Bessie Leon Artis, 21, of Wilson, daughter of Noah and Patience Artis, who were Wayne County residents. Baptist minister B.F. Jordan performed the ceremony in the presence of Marion B. Jordan, Odess Jordan, and William Jordan. [Bessie Artis Taylor was a sister of Pauline Artis Harris.]

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 516 Carroll Street, high school janitor Green Taylor, 57; wife Rebecca, 54; stepdaughters Lillie, 26, Wauline, 18, and Julia, 11; and son Robert Taylor, 19.

Green Taylor died 2 April 1942 at Mercy Hospital. Per his registration card, he was 57 years old; was born in Greene County to Green Shackleford and Mary Taylor; was married to Rebecca Taylor; lived at 915 East Vance; worked as a common laborer; and was buried at Bethel cemetery.

Green Taylor Jr. died 27 September 1967 at his home at 1201 Atlantic Street, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 15 May 1907 in Greene County to Green Taylor and Sulla Swinson; was a retired laborer; served in World War II; and was a widower. Elijah Taylor, Washington, D.C., was informant.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

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