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Honorable Anderson Taylor

June 5, 1944 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Honorable Anderson Taylor Obituary

Life has many struggles, and with the help of God, we are equipped to overcome the obstacles in our lives. Death has invaded the Taylor family again. Today is a challenging time in our lives, but we keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me. To those I am leaving behind, remember the good and troubled times, the laughter, the journey I’ve walked over the years, the exceptional life I lived until the very end. Continue my traditions and my beliefs, I’m counting on each of you. I know that my sudden departure has created a gloomy situation in each of your lives but keep smiling and surely the sun will eventually shine through because death is evitable. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest, I truly was blessed to live the three scores God promised me. Continue helping humanity, like I have always done. I will miss you all dearly, so keep soaring until the day comes when we’re together again.”

During the morning of December 29, 2023, Anderson Taylor dropped his robe of flesh and went to be with the Lord. He has left a void in the lives of all who knew and loved him.

Anderson Taylor was born to the late Deacon Wilbert Taylor, Sr., and the late Rosa Lee Howard Taylor on June 5, 1944, in Eastover, South Carolina. He grew up in a modest home with humble beginnings. The children were taught to believe in and love God and to love family. The children were also taught to work hard and to possess their own.

Although Anderson’s parents were not well educated, they made sure that the children were given the chance to get a quality education. Deacon Wilbert and Rosa Lee Taylor encouraged excellence from their children. Deacon Wilbert Taylor was a landowner, farmer, sharecropper, and entrepreneur. Anderson’s parents started one of the first Harvest Hope Food Banks. They provided their surrounding neighbors with vegetables and meat for the winter months. The Taylor Family practiced “I am my Brother’s Keeper.” These family values were instilled in Anderson’s life, and he exemplified them throughout his life. Helping others during their time of need was more important than creating wealth for himself. Anderson loved his family, he was his brother’s keeper, an overachiever, a historian, a hard worker, and he loved the Lord.

Anderson Taylor grew up in Eastover, South Carolina, and attended Antioch Elementary School, Crossroads Middle School, and graduated from Webber High School. He was the valedictorian for both middle and high schools. Anderson was the first Taylor to attend college. He matriculated at Benedict College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history.

The family values showed up when Anderson Taylor remodeled the family home while in high school and college. Although he had someone to lay the foundation, Anderson did all the block laying himself. He had never worked as a mason. However, he would go to different work sites and ask questions and watch. He laid 2200 blocks on the remodeled homestead. Anderson worked as a school bus driver in high school and saved his checks. While in college at Benedict, he worked part-time as a mechanic at Sears Roebuck, left Sears, and worked at the Fort Jackson laundry full-time. Anderson would schedule his classes during the morning, so he could work full-time at Fort Jackson starting at 4:00 p.m.

He moved to Estill, South Carolina, in 1967, after graduating from Benedict College. He obtained a job as a social studies and English teacher at Estill Training School. Although he relocated to Estill, South Carolina, Anderson came home at least every other weekend to visit his mother and other family members because family meant everything to Anderson. After teaching for a few years, and after integration, he was selected to be the assistant principal at Estill High School in 1977. In 1979, he became the principal of Estill High School. He was the first African American to become the principal of that school, until he retired in 1999. Anderson was the longest serving principal ever at Estill High School. Before his tenure, a principal only lasted four years and Anderson’s tenure lasted for twenty years. He was a strong disciplinarian; he was innovative and believed that every child was entitled to a quality education. He started the first JROTC program, as well as the Dual College Enrollment and Advanced Placement Program in English, Math, and Social Studies, in the county and the area. Anderson spent his career searching for innovative ways to improve education at Estill High School and for Hampton County. He expanded the adult education program by providing satellite centers throughout the county and was instrumental
in creating a comprehensive Vocation Program at EHS which included building construction, culinary arts, cosmetology, masonry, automotive mechanics, childcare, and horticulture. He also started the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) program, so disadvantaged students were afforded the opportunity to receive paid remediation while working after class in various capacities.

Anderson Taylor was a hard worker and believed in perfecting his craft. While working in Estill, Anderson attended SC State University where he obtained his master’s degree in professional education and minored in social studies. He was a graduate of Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute of Governments. He also graduated from the Clemson Advanced Municipal Institute for Public and Safety Research. He also did additional studies at the University of South Carolina, Morris College, and Key Biscayne College.

During his lifetime, Anderson received many accolades for his service and commitment to humankind, community, academia, and government. A few of the accolades included the following: he served as Grand Marshall for the Dr. Martin Luther King Parade held in Estill, SC; former President of Hampton County Education Association; part-owner of Martin’s Funeral Home; Listed as Who’s Who Among Secondary Administrators; received the Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arnold Fields Community Endowment Foundation; served on the Board of Directors for the Palmetto Development Center; received an Honorary FFA State Degree from Clemson University; served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Beaufort, Jasper,
Hampton Comprehensive Health Services Inc. for over twelve years; member of the Hampton County School Board; member of the Estill Town Council for over forty-eight years; a member of the Fairview Lodge No. 393 Free and Accepted Masons, Jurisdiction of South Carolina; Estill Beautification Committee; Mayor Pro Temp for the Town of Estill, and Mayor of Estill for eight years.

The following services were achieved during Anderson’s tenure in Estill’s Municipal Government: improvement of the town’s infrastructure; constructed a park with a walking trail; won the 2012 Achievement Award for Public Service from the SC Municipal Association; instrumental in the construction of the new Estill High School; many older homes throughout the town were renovated; a new library was constructed; quarterly newsletters were created to keep the citizens informed; replaced the signage on streets and enhanced the lighting throughout the town.

Although his professional life was highly active, full, and successful, Anderson did not forget his faith. He joined Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Gifford, South Carolina. He was a member of the Board of Trustees and sung on the Gospel Choir. Anderson believed in working hard and balancing the work with playing hard. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, and helping others. He was an incredibly soft spoken and no-nonsense individual; and he was very direct in his approach to problem solving. Anderson loved family and had a special bond with his thirteen siblings
and other family members. He had a unique ability of bringing everyone together as family. Through his giving and tenacious spirit, family was not defined by blood or genes, but by love, warmth, and acceptability. Although Anderson had no biological children, he willingly became a father figure to many, and they referred to him as “Pop” or “Dad.” Anderson stressed the importance of education and being a productive citizen. He encouraged and made a way for many to attend college/technical schools and obtain successful careers.

His siblings, John Taylor, Wilbert Taylor, Jr., Annie Mae Caldwell, Forest Taylor, Sr., Thomas Lee Taylor, Senna Taylor Wilson, Minnie Lee Patterson, Sallie Bell Sease, Julie Mae Bostic, Louise Taylor, and Willie Taylor, Sr., preceded him in death.

Anderson leaves his precious memories to be shared by: sisters, Frances Lucille Taylor Bell of Eastover, SC, and Dorothy Taylor Springer (Hector) of Columbia, SC; adopted children, John Henry (Dr. Deborah) Martin and Lorraine Martin both of Hampton, SC, Bobby (Lucille) Martin and Loletha Martin, both of Estill, SC, Anthony and Ricky Martin, both of Columbia, SC, and Benji (Constance) Martin of Benson, NC; adopted family, Herbert Lynn (Jacqueline) Robinson; godson, Corey Harley; special friends, Irene Green, Kenneth Burgess, Jimmy Mungin, and Darnell Mitchell; sixteen adopted grandchildren; several adopted great-grandchildren; and a host of many nieces and nephews, cousins, spiritual children, Estill Community, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Family, his Estill High School Family, and a host of colleagues, associates, and friends.

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January 5, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Gifford)
743 Sumpter Street
Gifford, SC 29923

January 6, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hampton County Schools Auditorium
635 Fourth Street
Estill, SC 29918

Musical Celebration
January 6, 2024

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hampton County Schools Auditorium
635 Fourth Street
Estill, SC 29918

Funeral Service
January 7, 2024

1:30 PM
St Matthew Baptist Church
752 Old Congaree Run
Eastover, SC 29044


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