Retha Taylor peacefully entered eternal rest on June 14, 2020, at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken, South Carolina.
Retha was born the daughter of the late Ida Mae Russell and stepfather, Hoytt Russell, Sr. She was born in Furman, South Carolina, on March 19, 1936. She received her education in the public schools of Hampton County.
In 1955, she relocated to Paterson, New Jersey, until her health began to decline. Retha later sojourned to South Carolina, in 2019, where she resided with her granddaughter, Renee Tyler, in Aiken, South Carolina.Retha fellowshipped with several churches throughout New Jersey and New York, and she enjoyed cooking and visiting different casinos and community centers.
In her early years, Retha worked many years at Spotless Laundry and in private housekeeping, in Paterson, NJ. She was well-known and was an outgoing person who wasn’t afraid of anything or anybody. Retha’s humor brought laughter and smiles to many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lisa Taylor; son, Jerry Taylor; sister, Rose Kelley; brothers, Henry Taylor, Hoytt Russell, Jr., Willie Lee Taylor, and Robert Taylor; granddaughters, Jennifer Myers and Yasimen Taylor; daughters-in-law, Shellie Taylor and Yolunda Taylor; and uncle and aunt, Sidney and Vera Bing.
She leaves to cherish fond memories: a loving daughter, Shirley (Willie Lee) Myers of Scotia SC; five sons, William (Lottie) Taylor of Estill SC, Ronnie Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, Larry (Marie) of Rosella, NJ, Jeffery (Sharon) Taylor, and Tyrone Taylor of Conyers GA; one stepbrother, Anthony ( Janell) Russell of Scotia, SC; one stepsister, Annease (Ed) Goodman of Furman, SC; five grandchildren raised in the home, Jeffery Taylor, Jr., Kevon Shipman, Jermaine Taylor, Moses Taylor, and Malachi Taylor; twenty-three grandchildren and twenty-three great-grands; three great-great-grands, Trinity Washington, Rylee Belle, and Jalen Myers, Jr.; special friend, Florence Layne; special cousins, Rose Rivers and Dot Reed; special niece as caregiver, Michelle Taylor; special nephew, Patrick Kelley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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