Sylvester Taylor Jr.

April 9, 1960September 4, 2021
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Sylvester “Sly” Taylor, Jr., 61, of Orlando, FL, passed away September 4th, 2021. He was born in Cairo, GA on April 9th, 1960. Raised in Miami, FL.

Sylvester graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School in 1978, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix.

He married his best friend and beautiful college sweetheart Emilia Taylor on June 15, 1985.

Sylvester has over 40 years experience in the Hospitality Industry with 28+ of those years spent at Walt Disney World Resort in a variety of Hospitality Positions. Performed as professional leader using key accountabilities and operational efficiencies for the company for resorts, parks, properties and restaurants. In fact, Sly created magic at Narcossee’s, Grand Floridian Cafe and the Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian. He was the Restaurant Guest Service Manager at the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Cinderella Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Ariels and Cape May at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort. His latest role was to capture the vision of the Guest, implementing their ideas and turning them into reality as a Convention Services Manager at Walt Disney World.

Sylvester was initiated into the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated at Florida State University on June 2, 1981. He was a 1985 Charter member of the Xi Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in Dallas, Texas. After moving to Orlando, Fl, Sylvester served in the Delta Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Sylvester was a social butterfly so becoming a Certified Wine Sommelier and Certified Meeting Planner was the perfect pairing. He also expanded minds by serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix and Everest College. Last year, Sylvester and his family created TaylorGang Tastings on Facebook to virtually bring people together and share his knowledge of wine and challenging taste buds. He eventually began conducting private wine tastings. His larger than life personality will truly be missed but never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Emilia Taylor; and their children: Emilio Duan Taylor and Sylaisha Ivy Taylor; his daughter-in-law Idalina Alcantara Taylor; his siblings: Rickie Taylor, Yashica Smith, Tony Smith, Sylvale Daniels, Daisy Davis, Curtis Smith; his nieces and nephews: Joseph Stewart, Jazmine Davis, MeChale Steppes, Richard Taylor, Jeffrey Edwards, Nyteisha Griffin, Ander Rhodes; sisters-in-law: Renetta Marks, Renee’ Taylor, Pamela Thomas-Smith, Angilenna Smith, Fredra Rhodes, Autumn Rhodes; brother-in-law Floyd Daniels, Herbert Rhodes Jr, Edrick Rhodes; and a host of cousins, other relatives and close friends.

Funeral arrangements will be held at 11am, Tuesday, September 21st, at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 20, 2021

  • Omega Service

    Monday, September 20, 2021

  • Celebration Of Life Service

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021


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Kevin Pace

September 29, 2021

To the Taylor Family,
I send my deepest, heartfelt condolences. When I heard of Sly’s passing, I was shocked because I truly lost a brother. Sylvester and I grew up together in the same neighborhood in Miami. I knew his family and he knew mine. We attended Miami Edison’s Middle School and Senior High School together. Sylvester was my closest confidant and someone whom I truly admired. After graduating, our paths took different turns but we kept in touch. One of my fondest memories was when Sly called me half way around the world when I was stationed in Korea to see how I was doing. Those of us who knew Sly understand that his presence made our lives more richer and much fuller.
I’m really gonna miss my brother but I’m so grateful Sylvester was a part of my life.

Rhonda Edwards-Noggle

September 22, 2021

My heart breaks for you Emilia, Emilio and Slyaisha. I cannot even fathom the heartache you are feeling with a loss of this wonderful man. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us.

Sly was a mentor to me when I worked at King Stefan’s, then CRT. He was kind and compassionate, funny and encouraging, always with a big beautiful personality and smile… Giving of his time, energy, and love. Always singing “help me Rhonda…”.
I will cherish the memory of that, as well as all of our interactions throughout the years, him always sending sweet texts to tell me & my family merry Christmas, happy Mother’s Day…

He was an incredible man and his light shone brightly to everyone he met. Heaven just got a little more fun. With our deepest sympathies,

Jason, Rhonda, Barrett and Loghan Noggle
Ron and Elaine Edwards

Nancy Burgos Gunn

September 21, 2021

Your time on earth has come to an end, but the impact has been enormous. Ever since we met at Edison, you was always reaching out to people; no one was ever a stranger to you. As I listen to others speak about your life, I'm glad to know that you hadn't changed over the years. Rest easy my classmate and know that you will be missed.

Matthew 25:21 "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master."

To the family, much love and prayers during this difficult time; holding you all dear in my heart.
Nancy Burgos - Miami Edison c/o 1977

Mary Jackson

September 21, 2021

RIP 🪦 my brother and classmate. The year 1978 was a great year. The years coming up to our graduation held fond memories some I’ll never forget. Condolences to the family during these trying times. Love ❤️ you.

Cari Wells

September 21, 2021

My heart cries for Sly's family and everyone that knew him. I worked with Sly and he would give the warmest hugs every morning. He would pop by to say hello, to check in and just to share the joy that was Sylvester.

Sly, Sly, the Bowtie Guy... Your absence is felt and you will be extremely missed.

Melody Garrison

September 21, 2021

I met Sly my freshman year at Florida State University in an English class in the Williams Building--he was one of the few people who called me "Mel". He was a true friend and I was so happy when we reconnected thanks to social media over ten years ago. I will truly miss my friend. My thoughts and continued prayers go out to his wife Emilia, son and daughter.

Valerie Wilson

September 21, 2021

To the family of Sylvester “Sly” Taylor.

I pray Our Lord and Savior will be a source of Comfort during this time….. Sly was a ray of Sunshine just lights up a room with that BIG, WARM SMILE 😃 quite a Gentleman and always offering support and encouragement in whatever the task was. Please be comforted knowing that your “Beloved “ touch many lives.

Jesus said “I’m the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die”.

Rest well my Friend, Rest well 🙏🙏🙏

Kwanya Thompson

September 20, 2021

On behalf of the Johnson, Thompson, McKinney, Washington, and Dean families we send our prayers and condolences to your family
We pray God will reveal His comfort and strength to his wife, children amd relatives.

Miami, Florida
Raleigh, North Carolina
Onley, Maryland
Houston , Texas

Pamela Frazier

September 20, 2021

Sending prayers and condolences to Sylvester's family. Sylvester was a kind and giving soul who was always kind and helpful to me.

I will always remember his friendly smile and how I thought of him as another "Big Brother". He will never be forgotten.

Pamela Frazier

Robert (UNCLE BOB) Gordon

September 20, 2021

Farewell my dear brother though I will see you again! Sly we spent many great moments together, raised our families together, laughed together and cried together. Your love and laughter are forever etched in my wife Susan and I hearts, our heartfelt condolences of course go out to your loving wife and kids. Farewell my brother farewell!