Roy D Taylor, D.Min.
October 23, 1934 – March 23, 2021
Roy Dail Taylor, D.Min., 86, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, took up new residence in the presence of his beloved Savior! His last days in his weak and dusty vessel of clay were spent in the comfort of his home, and in the loving presence of his wife and his two youngest daughters.
Roy was born October 23, 1934 the son of Laurie and Calla Lily Tripp Taylor in Vanceboro, NC. He is survived by his wife Carol Posey Taylor, and three daughters: Deborah Hollie of Roanoke, VA; Pamela T. Mangum and her husband Willie of Charlotte, NC; and Melinda Vest of Greenville, SC. Also surviving are grandson Robert Michael Donald, his wife Erica, and their two children (Roy’s great grandchildren!) Rebekah and Reagan; and grandson Michael Dail Hollie and Amber, and their daughter (one more great grand!) Alice Mia Faith.
From his (one-time) small hometown of Greenville, NC to his final earthly home of Taylors, SC, Roy served his Savior and Lord for forty-five years as pastor to five congregations, bringing with him a love and sense of caring for others that endeared him to each church family. He retired from the ministry in 2004.
In high school Roy was elected Student Body President and named by his classmates as the “Most Likely to Succeed!” From there, Roy received a full scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he majored in English with a minor in Latin, served as Vice President of the YMCA, and was a member of the UNC Debating Society. Roy was Vice President of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Lions Club and Rotary Club. He was twice elected to the Presbyterian Church General Assembly. In all this activity and accolade, one sees the influence of God, preparing Roy for a life of ministry and service. Rev. Roy D. Taylor, D.Min., approached life and ministry with the fullest sense of wonder and joy available to genuine, childlike faith in the accomplished work of Jesus!
Roy understood both the promise and the calling of Jesus that “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Roy knew what C.S. Lewis called “The Weight of Glory,” which is “…to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations…There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
“Meanwhile the cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning.”
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mackey Funerals & Cremations at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1 Pine Knoll Dr., Greenville, SC. At the request of the family, please do not send flowers, instead please give generously in his memory to one of the charities listed below.
Miracle Hill Ministries, 490 S. Pleasantburg, Dr., Greenville, SC 29607, Salvation Army, 417 Rutherford St., Greenville, SC, Rick Via Ministries World Reach Partnership, PO Box 582, Blue Ridge, VA 26064, Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201, 1st Presbyterian Church of Greenville Building Fund, 200 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Roy D Taylor, D.Min.
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April 6, 2021
Dr. Taylor served Walhalla Presbyterian Church for 17 years. My parents Lillian and Russ Carter and my aunts Ruth & Anne Carter were members. He was faithful in his visits and service to them in their sickness and deaths. He was an inspiration to my husband Don, our son Daniel and to me. We will always remember his love for our family and his love for our Lord. Sylvia Carter Rumer
April 2, 2021
My precious fafa..my daddy..so many memories💕you were my confidant my mentor..you NEVER gave up on me or anyone..you lived Jesus..I'll miss moonpies little glass bottles of Coca-Cola..all the funny jokes and pranks having breakfast with you and mommy.. reciting state capitals, bible verses your hugs. and talking to you EVERYDAY..see you in HEAVEN daddy and carrying you in my heart until the Lord takes me to glory💙🌟🌟💙
April 2, 2021
Mandi Meneely Boogerd
March 29, 2021
Summer in 1984 when I came up to Roanoke to work at camp, I was flying by the seat of my pants and didn’t plan ahead for my weekends. Even though it must have been a huge imposition, Pastor and Mrs. Taylor allowed me to come home with Melinda and stay with them many weekends; joining their family for meals and church, and general lounging around. Even though I was a thoughtless young person, their generosity of spirit and home made a lasting impression on me, and I’ve never forgotten that summer spent with a warm and caring family, headed by Melinda and Pam’s beloved Parpel. 💕
March 27, 2021
Roy was my pastor for several years and my friend for life. This was one of the Godliest human beings I have ever known. My prayers are with Carol and their daughters and Robbie. I know I shall see Roy again someday in Heaven. In the meantime, Rest in Well Deserved Peace and Fellowship with Christ, Dear Friend!