Alfred E. Taylor

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Gene of Fayetteville was born in Rockingham, NC. Gene is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jimmie Covington Taylor and two children (and their spouses): Alfred Taylor (daughter-in-law Diane) and Marsha Taylor Bullard (son-in-law Clay); four grandchildren: Justin Taylor, Hollie Bullard Ellinwood (Harrison), Kellie Bullard Kamar (Jimmy) and Candace Taylor four great grandchildren: Olivia Lynn Ellinwood, the late Layla Grace Kamar, Norah Kate Ellinwood and Eden Grace Kamar. Gene is also survived by his brother Winford Taylor. He was preceded in death by JC Taylor and Ted Taylor and parents Carson and Ethel Taylor.

Alfred Eugene Taylor was born August 24th, 1930 in Rockingham, NC to Carson and Ethel Taylor. He married the love of his life, Jimmie, on June 3rd, 1949. Gene and Jimmie met in Rockingham, NC 1947 at a fueling station that was owned and managed by one Jimmie’s good friend’s father growing up. The fueling station was a fun, happening place that many kids of all ages would come to enjoy a hot dog with friends out on the picnic tables and swim in the pond out back. Jimmie and Gene dated through high school and were soon married in 1949. Gene and Jimmie came home to tell the news of their marriage to their parents. Jimmie told her mother “If it don’t work out then I will just come back home”. Her mother said “Oh it will work!” meaning their marriage is a done deal.
Gene served in the Air Force for 20 years and traveled around California, New York, Virginia and Germany (during October 1962 when the Cuban missal crisis was happening) with his wife Jimmie and had two children Al and Marsha along the way. He was an auditor for the NC Employment Security Commission. He worked very hard at this job, and even without a college degree he was determined with his work experience with the Air Force that he could get this job and be great at it…sure enough he set records of the most closed cases in the department every year. All due to “asking questions”. Gene always said “The only stupid question is the one that is not asked”.
Gene is most remembered by his strong faith in God. He was an active member of Village Baptist Church where he served as a dedicated deacon, attended and led bible study groups and visited nursing homes to share and teach the elderly God’s word. He enjoyed working in his workshop making furniture, birdhouses, Adirondack chairs and reindeer that family and friends would proudly display in their yard-scapes during the Christmas season. Gene would make the items and his wife Jimmie would paint them making everything a custom piece. He went on to share his wood-working pieces with others by sitting on the side of the road to sell to the locals. Gene enjoyed his home by beautifying its every corner. On a typical day, you would see him in his yard perfecting and maintaining his manicured, self-made landscape. He loved his grand and great grandchildren and took to them as his very own. He took pride in making sure that his grandchildren knew the teachings of Jesus and all God’s abundant blessings in life. He also had a love for numbers and wanted to ensure that his knowledge would be passed on to the next generation. His grandchildren fondly remember the endless math lessons with their Papa and his famous flash cards after dinner during their general school years.
Although his health declined, he never faulted from expressing his love for his family and our Lord Jesus Christ. He told his children how thankful he was for their help and being by his side every day during his most difficult times. He even mentioned in prayer before dinner speaking to God that he was coming home soon. Gene prepared for his eternal life with the Lord every day until his very last breath. His faith was solid and an inspiration for everyone that knew him. Today, he celebrates and rejoices with the ones that have gone before us and will welcome all those to come home in the future.
We will continue to keep his memory alive for his wife, children and grand and great grandchildren for the rest of our days.

The family would like to recognize the Honoree pallbearer whom are the members of the Tuesday morning Bible Study club that Gene was devoted to for 30 years and the Village Baptist Church Deacons, active and in-active.