GREENVILLE — Graveside services for Joanne Taylor, 61, of Greenville, will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Lakewood Cemetery, with Minister Bartholemew Orr officiating. She died May 9, 2020. Services are under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.
Joanne Taylor was born Feb. 9, 1959, to the late Leonard and Henrietta Taylor in Bolivar County. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Springfield MB Church in Scott. She later joined Antioch MB Church in Greenville.
Joanne was educated at Nugent Center High School In Benoit from 1966-1976. Her family later moved to Greenville, where she attended Greenville High School and graduated in 1978. She attended Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead and later received her Associate’s Degree at Northwest College In Southaven, which she was very proud to have accomplished. She maintained numerous jobs while living in Greenville, which included but are not limited to, MBA Computers, Washington County Welfare Office, and Fruit of the Looms before moving to Atlanta, Georgia, and Southaven.
She was destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps in the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was adamant in teaching her children, family, and friends about God’s Master Plan and her beliefs and devotion to God’s most holy word never waivered. She set a very strong foundation for her family through her Christian faith.
Many will remember her days as an avid softball player. Through her love for the sport, she coached Little League Boy’s softball as well as played for The Rounds Women Slow Pitch League at Rounds Park. She later went on to serve as president for the Men and Women Fast/Slow Pitch Alumni.
Joanne always sought to achieve greater for herself and her family and thus set her sights on moving to Atlanta. Upon moving to Atlanta, she gained employment with Clayton County Schools and Clayton County Mental Health Center doing what she loved — helping people and being their advocate for many years.
In 2009, Joanne moved to Southaven to assist in the care of her beloved mother. She began working most recently for the Census Bureau as a dedicated supervisor. While in Southaven, Joanne Joined Brown Baptist Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Bartholomew Orr, where she remained a faithful member until her demise.
Joanne was a person with a kind spirit who was always giving of herself to help others, no matter the need. She always displayed her affection for others most near and dear to her heart and she will always be remembered as loving, steadfast. prayerful. funny, talkative, and always wore a beautiful smile.
She was a devoted mother and a hard working individual that was taught at an early age the values and importance of being a strong black women. She leaves three sons and two loving grandchildren to cherish the memories of such an indelible woman.
Joanne was preceded in death by her father and mother, Leonard and Henrietta Taylor; four brothers, Leonard Taylor, Roy Lee Haywood, Wlllle James McKinney, and Billy Wayne Jefferson; three sisters, Herdstine DIiiard, Rosie Lee Haynes, and Mary Taylor Young.
She leaves to cherish her memories three sons, Reonoppliss, Kenlel and Antonio Taylor, of Greenville; two grandchildren, Kwantai Johnson and Kaden Robinson, of Georgia; five sisters, Mattie Nelson, of Mound Bayou, Bettye Taylor, of Benoit, Bernice Taylor, of Hom Lake, Adeline Taylor, of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Marie Taylor, of Greenville; two brothers, John Henry Taylor, of Benoit, Deacon Marvin (Chartene) Taylor, of Ellenwood, Georiga; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
“Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD.” — Psalm 27:14.
Visitation will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the funeral home.