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Willis Wainwright Taylor

October 23, 1935 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Willis Wainwright Taylor was born to Ozella Bernice Ward (Gillaspie) on October 23, 1935, in Tatum, Texas. Willis received his formal education in an all-black community outside of Dekalb, Texas by the name of Garland. He graduated from Garland High School in 1953.

He accepted God as his Lord and Savior at a early age, and united with St. Paul Baptist Church, in Tatum, Texas.

After moving to Dallas, he met and wed his sweetheart Helen Maxine Johnson. To that union, they had 3 children Frederick, Charlotte, and David. 

During Willis career he was a Barber, Meat Chef at Neiman Marcus, Truck Driver, and Insurance agent, as well as a member of Teamsters. He served his community for one term as a committee member for Lou Huff Park and Recreation Center from July 5, 1966 to July 5, 1970. He was a very hard worker.

He’s preceded in death by his wife, Helen Maxine Johnson Taylor; his mother and stepfather, William and Ozella Gillaspie, brother, O.B. Gillaspie; sister, Edna Fredericks (Najah El Amin Nee), and grandparents, Spurgeon and Candace Ward. 

He leaves behind his children, Frederick (Terri), Charlotte, David (Deidrie), 5 grandchildren -Candace (Kevin) Page, Arianna English, Asiah Taylor, Amber Taylor, David Taylor, Jr., one great-granddaughter Jazlyn McDowell; 2 sister-in-law, Dorothy Johnson, Betty Ashley, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. 

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Celebratory Viewing
June 10, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1636 North Masters Drive
Dallas, TX 75217

Celebration of Life
June 10, 2022

11:00 AM
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1636 North Masters Drive
Dallas, TX 75217


Restland Memorial Park (Court of Faith)
13005 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243

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