Ayana Talley-Duncan

April 4, 1976January 22, 2021

Mrs. Ayana M. Talley-Duncan (Yanni) passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. She was born April 4, 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama to Curtis M. Taylor and Brenda Hollingsworth-Taylor.

Ayana graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Michigan Class of 1994. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business/HR Management from University of Phoenix in 2010. Ayana also received her Payroll Certification and HR Generalist Certification.

Yanni enjoyed being with family and friends, especially at the card table. She was known to everyone as the Life of the Party. Some would even say she was the Party. Her laugh and smile were infectious, and she lit up every room she entered.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Dwight Duncan; mother Brenda Hollingsworth-Taylor of Greensboro, NC; sister Valerie Collins of Greensboro, NC; adopted sister/friend Courtney Chaffer of Atlanta, GA; aunt Jennifer Sims of Jacksonville, FL; aunt Chea (Robert) Mosley of Pensacola, FL; aunt Vera (Jermain) Rigsby of Arlington, TX; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a host of cousins. Ayana also leaves to cherish her dog Bentley.

Special Friends include Shane Nash, Rhonda Bridgewater, Tyjvanna Payne, Cora James, Eva Haire, Ced Foster, Wannie Terrell, Marlana Chaffer, Matthew Thomas, AnJanette Chaffer and Alexis Chaffer.

Ayana was preceded in death by her Father Curtis M. Taylor, Grandmother Vera James, Sisters Tameka Talley and Kanatha Taylor-Presley and Aunts Frances Flowers and Vivian Wiggins.


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 1, 2021



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Phyllis Scarbrough

February 2, 2021

Yanni You was Beautiful inside /Out That Smile You are Truly going to be missed Prayers for The Family You always called Me Auntie I’m going to really miss our conversation Your Laugh your Smile Rest in Heaven Beautiful You will Always Be Our Angel in Heaven Look in the Sky Our Rainbow 🌈 from Heaven Love πŸ’• You Yanni Forever our Angel RIH Baby πŸ’œπŸ˜˜πŸ’œ

Frank Love

February 2, 2021

Rest easy queen known you since jr.high always been a cool genuine humble soul you will be truly missed πŸ’™

Gretchen Griffin Banks

February 1, 2021

My heart dropped when I heard that you had pass away. So young with a beautiful soul and smile. I met you and your parents ( Brenda & Curtis). When you were a little girl. Watch you grow into a wonderful and beautiful woman. Please rest in peace, you are already miss. Just can't believe you are gone.

Ayanna Reynolds

February 1, 2021

To my name twin...It makes me sad that we both lived in the same city and we didn't get to hang out, but I know you are resting peacefully as a beautiful angel in heaven.

April Hubbert

February 1, 2021

May your beautiful soul rest in peace. You were such a sweet person and I'm blessed to have known you.

Jaquavis Curry

February 1, 2021

I love and miss u so much yanni I’ll never forget u........

Tamara Robinson

February 1, 2021

It was a pleasure to know such a beautiful soul! Everytime I saw her she always made me smile! Rest peacefulness my dear friend! I met her through my big sister kesha and she treated me just like a lil sister, now yall can see each other again after all these years and enjoy each other once again!!

ShaQuan Singletary

February 1, 2021

Rest in paradise beautiful, I will always love and miss youπŸŒΉπŸ™πŸ½ Until we meet again πŸ˜”πŸ˜˜β€οΈ

Sharon Nash

February 1, 2021

Yanni Yanni love you sis so much damn I’m so lost like why why ? I need to hear you say Absofuckinglutely.... with that million dollar smile and laughter. Forever in my heart sis

Charlotte Hill

February 1, 2021

"Yanni" such a beautiful person always had the biggest smile and personality since we met at Houghton years ago... I'm sending my deepest condolences to her family and praying God gives them strength to get through the pain πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½ Love you always friend ❀️❀️❀️