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Services

James Clifton Moon

November 10, 1937 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Darryl James Heuser

Dec. 1, 1953 ~ Aug. 21, 2019

Services will be held:

Betty Z. Cowing

August 15, 1922 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 23, 2019

Oral Wise

March 1, 1952 ~ August 19, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Joseph Rickey “Rick” French

August 28, 1945 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: August 28, 2019

Martin “Matt” Willoughby

Feb. 9, 1950 ~ Aug. 6, 2019

Services will be held: September 6, 2019

Jean Carroll Kaplan

October 23, 1933 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: At a later date

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Brenda Kay Ward

September 3, 1945 ~ August 16, 2019

Services will be held: August 19, 2019

Eston Taylor



March 28, 1930 ~ May 16, 2019

Eston Taylor, 89, died Wednesday at William Dunlap Hospice Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday at Mid-Way Baptist Church in Raleigh. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay Varina, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM on Tuesday, prior to the service.

Eston Taylor was born March 28, 1930 in Nashville, Georgia to Ethridge and Nancy Taylor. He was the 3rd of 12 children and they eventually moved to Plant City, Florida.

On December 29, 1950 Eston enlisted in the United States Air Force, in Tampa. He was stationed in Berlin Germany and he was a fire fighter. He received two medals – Occupation Medal – Germany, and National Defense Service Medal.

After serving in the Air Force, Eston began working in the Airline and Air Freight industry. He was the National Chairman for Airline Employees Association from 1969-1975.

One of Mr. Taylor’s greatest joys was spending time with his wife Sue, and four children, Dorraine, Michelle, Eston Jr. and Matthew. He loved to take them on trips, teach them the value of hard work, go fishing, work in his plant nursery, and just spend time together. He took his oldest daughter Dorraine to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Guatemala, and many other weekend getaways while he was an airline employee.
He took his wife, Michelle, Eston, and Matt to Nashville Tennessee, and to see the Grand Ole Opry, San Francisco, New Orleans, Nashville, Phoenix AZ, the Grand Canyon, and to Key West. He also took them deep sea fishing on a charter boat and on many camping trips to Moss Park.

Mr. Taylor always made sure that his family knew that their faith in God, and church was very important. He and his wife took the kids to church every time the doors were opened, and taught them to not just attend, but to be involved serving and helping others.
One of Mr. Taylor’s greatest passions was Bible Club, a program ran on Saturdays for neighborhood kids that included games, snacks and a Bible story! He and his wife Sue would host Bible Club on their property in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Taylor cooked hot dogs and prepared snacks for all the kids and Sue would teach the Bible Stories. Over the years, hundreds of children came to know the love of Christ through this wonderful outreach!

Eston was an entrepreneur at heart and always wanted to own his own business. In 1979 he started a packing and shipping company, opening four stores in the Orlando, Plant City, and Tampa. He also loved plants, and ran a plant nursery for years with acres of plants for sale.
Mr. Taylor has been retired for the last 20 years and lived in Raleigh with his wife Suesan. They were faithful members of Mid-Way Baptist Church.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Suesan Wright Taylor; daughters, Dorraine Koepke (Jon) of Bradenton, FL; and Michelle Staubs (Grant) of Raleigh; sons, Eston Taylor, Jr. (Jean) of Moorhead, MN and Matthew Taylor (Jessica) of Garner; sister, Vera Mae Smith of Plant City, FL; brother, Robert Taylor of Oklahoma; thirteen grandchildren: Arelan Lavoie of Seattle, WA (Morgan); Nathan Koepke, Isaac Staubs, Hannah Staubs, Daniel Staubs, Abigail Staubs, Natalie Taylor, Anna Taylor, Balian Taylor, Madelynn Taylor, Rhonda Taylor, Simon Taylor, and Zachary Taylor.


Visitation

May 21, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mid-Way Baptist Church
Raleigh, NC

Service

May 21, 2019

1:00 pm

Mid-Way Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina

Guestbook

  1. Vonessa Pittman

    It is sad to here this, but reading his obituary he was ready to meet Jesus. I will miss his “Amens” from the back of church. I pray for comfort for the family.

  2. Karen Thompson

    My heart broke when I read the message that he is no longer here. This I know is selfish, but, I loved to shake his gentle hands, see his sweet smile and loved hearing his priceless Amen!! He will be missed by our Mid-Way family! Heaven became sweeter as he entered with i’m Sure a big Amen!!

  3. Wanda Greene and family

    Eston Taylor was truly a servant of our Lord. I can’t count the blessings he was to my family. The Bible Club he and Sue ran was the best thing ever happened in the area of Orlando. I celebrate today this joyous person God put in our life and has now taken home a Saint. My condolences for the family with love.

  4. Ashley & Lorie Braswell

    What a great servant he was. Loved by many at
    Mid – Way Baptist Church. Loved his Love for Christ & his Amens
    Until we meet again….so sorry for your loss Taylor Family.
    Love & prayers

  5. Rick & Marie Messemer

    We hurt with you
    We rejoice with you

    We’ll miss his love to pray in Sunday School and his hearty “amens” in Church.

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