Maurice Thomas Taylor, Jr., age 85, lifelong resident of Fayetteville, NC, transitioned to his Heavenly life on June 30, 2021 following a period of declining health.
He was born in December 1935 in Fayetteville to Maurice T. Taylor, Sr. and Lillian Mae (McDaniel) Taylor, the sixth child of ten. Maurice was married to Barbara Fisher Taylor, of Cedar Creek, North Carolina for over 60 years before her passing in March 2020; they had 3 children together.
Graduating from Fayetteville Senior High School in 1954, Maurice then attended Wake Forest College. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was honored to serve, spending most of his deployment in Germany. After his service in the Army, he returned home in 1958 to the family farm on Ramsey Street, where Methodist University now resides.
After attending the North Carolina School of Banking, he served his community for over 30 years in the banking industry in Fayetteville, never meeting a stranger and making many lifelong friends. He spent his early career with Branch Banking and Trust as a teller, but his hard work and determination would have him rise to the level of President of Lafayette Bank and Trust years later. Maurice then spent many years with Southern National Bank in downtown Fayetteville, retiring in 1995 after their merger with Branch Banking and Trust.
He loved to change out of his banking suit and into dusty overalls on the weekends and spent many years farming his family’s land. It is here on the farm where Maurice and Barbara raised their 3 children with the values of a loving Christian home, strong family bonds, a diligent work ethic, and the love of the outdoors. In later years, much enjoyment came from time with his family on the North Carolina coast fishing and shrimping at his getaway in Sneads Ferry.
Born into Cedar Falls Baptist Church where his grandfather was a founding member, the values instilled by his family led to faithful service as a Trustee, Deacon (was Honored as Deacon Emeritus in 2018), and member of the Building Committee, Finance Committee, and more. However, his favorite activity was being a member of the choir, where he loved to share his beautiful tenor voice. He spent many years participating in the choir, often singing solos or duets with his wife. He also performed in a barbershop quartet with his younger brother and two other close friends.
Surviving Maurice are his children Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor Moore of Raleigh; Maurice T. Taylor III (Maury) and wife Karen of Wake Forest; Gregory J. Taylor (Greg) and wife Laura of Raleigh. His grandchildren Amanda Jones (Brandon – Raleigh), Ryan McGinnis (Raleigh), Carson Taylor (San Francisco, CA), Leah Taylor (Raleigh), Elise Taylor (Boone, NC) and twins Addison and Reece Taylor (Wake Forest). In addition, he leaves great grandchildren Colton, Logan, and Madeleine Jones of Raleigh. Also surviving him are Sisters Evelyn Deaver, Hilda Cashwell (Don), and Elaine Huckabee (Wayne); and Brother-in-law Jim Fisher (Lea); Brother-in-law Archie L Foltz as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Maurice was predeceased by his wife Barbara; parents; son-in-law Jimmy Moore; sisters Theresa Hutaff, Eunice Smith, Runette Dale, Edith Taylor, Faye Lott; brother Frank Taylor; and Sister-in-Law Dell Fisher Foltz.
Many thanks and appreciation to all those in the community who have been so kind, loving, and helpful to Maurice during his time of need.
Friends will be received in the Cedar Falls Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 12:30 -1:45 p.m., followed by a Service in the Sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. In a private ceremony at Lafayette Memorial Park, the family will say their final goodbyes.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to the Baptist Children’s Home of NC (bchfamily.org).
Online condolences may be sent to www.jerniganwarren.com
Services entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28301
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