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Thomas Marcell Taylor (Tommy) lived life enthusiastically. He was often a man of deep thought and quiet reflection. Still if there was a party, he was certainly the life of it. Tommy personified the saying, work hard; play hard. He worked hard. He played hard. He loved his family – hard.

Tommy was born November 4, 1956 in Wadesboro, NC – the youngest child of the late Marshall Taylor and Martelia Hubbard Taylor. He worshiped at Saron Missionary Baptist Church and graduated from Bowman High Senior School. Tommy possessed an affinity for mathematics and numbers. After Bowman, he attended Winston Salem State University and graduated from Durham Business College. Tommy became known as “The Insurance Man,” and spent his career working for Independent Life and AIG insurance agencies. He especially enjoyed interacting with the customers on his insurance route and made several friends along the way. He loved retirement but often spoke of missing his customers. Life is but a stopping place, and on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, God gave Tommy his two wings and called him home.

He leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory. He is survived by his wife Sallie and daughter Cortelia, whom he adored, two sisters, Marshalean Taylor Barrett of Polkton, NC and Levones Taylor Chisholm of Charlotte. He shared an especially close relationship with his sister Effie’s sons, Bradley L. Taylor Sr. of Polkton, NC, Marshall Byron Taylor Sr. (Pearlie) of Polkton, NC, Roger O. Taylor (Nicole) of Matthews, NC and Elton R. Taylor Sr. (Towanda) of Concord, NC whom he affectionally called “His Boys.” He also leaves his sister-in-law, Nellie Taylor of High Point, NC, Aunts: Anna Hubbard of Neptune, NJ and Lela Hubbard of Marshville, NC as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

Tommy was preceded in death by his hardworking father, Marshall Taylor and his loving mother Martelia Hubbard Taylor, also known as “Mama T.” He was also preceded in death by his sister, Effie Ree Taylor (2015), three brothers, Henry Roy Taylor (2016), Walter Ray Taylor (2006), Nathan Orlando Taylor (1997). We pray they are all in heaven having a glorious reunion.

Tommy liked road trips, late night phone calls, a good laugh, and a well-poured cocktail. He was both wise and funny. Although he cloaked them in jest, he liberally sprinkled nuggets of wisdom along the way. Tommy’s absence leaves a lot less laughter in our world. Cheers, Tommy. We love and miss you. 

The homecoming services will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 1:00pm, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.

Interment will be in the Taylor Family Plot of Saron Baptist Church 
Cemetery, Polkton, North Carolina.

Viewing is PRIVATE with the immediate family.  There will be no public viewing.

The Taylor Family will greet family and friends on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:30-1:00pm at Smith's Memorial Chapel and at all other times at the residence.

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  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019
    May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God loves you and he cares for you, through talking to God in prayer, and from God's Word, the Bible. Psalm 36:7 says: "How precious your loyal love is, O God! In the shadow of your wings, the sons of men take refuge." Nahum 1:7; God is "a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of ["takes care of"] those seeking refuge in him." Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham, NC
  • Monday, May 6, 2019
    Levones, Sorry for your loss. May God continue to bless you and your Family. I will toncontinues to keep you and your Family in my prayers. Always a friend. Love you all. Kennie R. Buchanon Fayetteville, NC
    ~ Kennie R. Buchanon   Fayetteville, NC
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
    To the family. I would like to share my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear love one. "When someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure may that treasure fill your heart with love and bring you peace." (Rev.21:4). My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. (Isa.66:13).
    ~ Lucy Culbertson   Lumberton
  • Monday, May 6, 2019
    My memory of Tommy is how we played as a young boy when we came to my aunt's house and later we worked together and when I would go to Durham I would see him. Seeing him a few months ago we talked about the time sure will miss seeing him.My heart goes out to the family You all are in my prayers.
    ~ Pastor Anthony Ledbetter   Polkton, NC
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
    Our prayers are with you and your family.
    ~ James Maske & Family   polkton, NC
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
    My prayers are with the family doing this difficult time. Tommy would always look out for me to ride home together as college students in Durham. May God give you strength during this time of grief.
    ~ Rev Vanessa Polk Clark   Monroe, NC
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
    My prayers are with the family doing this difficult time. Tommy would always look out for me to ride home together as college students in Durham. May God give you strength during this time of grief.
    ~ Rev Vanessa Polk Clark   Monroe, NC
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    To the family and friends: please, accept our sincere condolences in your recent loss. May you find some comfort in the words of Psalms 34:18 which reads: " Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit " Yes, we can ask for help and rely on God. He also has made the sure promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise.  (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). Be confident that this is SURE to happen because Isaiah 55:11 ensures us of this. 
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    "Moreover, may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm in every good deed and word." ( 2 Thess. 2:16,17) May the words of our Heavenly Father bring peace and comfort to you during this most difficult time.
    ~ H. Gatewood   Charlotte, NC