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Date published: 5/16/2013

Robert Taylor

Trustee Robert H. Taylor, 93, of Spotsylvania County and the oldest member of Second New Hope Baptist Church, transitioned peacefully to his heavenly home on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Cassandra Terrell, and her husband, Deron Terrell, in Spotsylvania surrounded by loved ones. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lula Pearl Taylor. He was one of eight children born on September 3, 1919, to the late Louisa Reynolds Taylor and Isaac Taylor. He joined Second New Hope Baptist Church at an early age. He attended school in Spotsylvania County, where he and his siblings walked 31/2 miles to get to school.

On August 9, 1941, he married the former Lula Pearl Benham; and 10 days later, on Aug. 19, 1941, he went to Camp Cross in South Carolina for basic training. Robert served his country until Nov. 20, 1945. During his military career, he went to North Africa and northern Italy. He was on the front line in Italy for nine months.

Upon returning to the States, Robert started working at the former FMC Plant on Jan. 7, 1946, and remained employed there until it closed in 1978. He started out as a Cement Finisher and ended as a Surface Chemical lead worker for his department. When FMC closed its doors, he became a delivery driver for the former S.E. Nichols Department Store at Four Mile Fork. Robert drove and made deliveries throughout Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey until 1982. Spotsylvania County became Robert's last employer in 1982, when he was hired in the Animal Control Department. Additionally, his last 14 years with the county had been as gate attendant at the Lee's Hill landfill where he retired in March 2006.

Robert had served as a trustee and finance chairman for over 30 years at Second New Hope Baptist church, where he later became chairman of the trustee board in 1988. He served in this capacity until his health started to fail. Robert has also been a member and supporter of the Senior Missionary Ministry and their many benevolent endeavors.

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