It is my sad duty to announce the passing of our union brother, Mr. Bennett McCoy Taylor of Gumberry, NC. Bennett died peacefully at his home on Monday, surrounded by friends and family after battling cancer. He was 72 years old.
Bennett was one of the original organizers of the J.P. Stevens Boycott by the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) and a leader in the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI). Bennett was deeply dedicated to human and civil rights, serving as president of the Northampton County branch of the NAACP for many years.
More than a good union member – although he certainly was that, serving for years as president of his UNITE local (later, Workers United) – Bennett was a close, personal friend of mine.
Bennett and I grew up together in the labor movement, and we have always been close. I not only lost a union brother this week, I lost a dear family member. My heart goes out to his wife and to his children, whom I consider my own.
Funeral arrangements for Bennett are as follows.
When: Friday, February 27 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Masonic Ceremony at 7 p.m.
Where: Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Washington Street, Seaboard, NC 27876
When: Saturday, February 28 at 2:30 PM
Where: Roanoke Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2757 Cornwallis Road, Garysburg, NC 27831
Arrangements are being made through Faison’s Funeral Home, which can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online condolences may be posted at faisonsfh.embarqspace.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to:
Northampton County Branch of the NAACP
P.O. Box 576
Jackson, NC 27845
– OR –
American Cancer Society (online at http://www.cancer.org)
P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
If you prefer to send flowers in addition to making a memorial donation, contact Flowers and Gifts by Gia at http://www.flowersandgiftsbygia.com/ or by phone call to 252-536-2444.
On behalf of everyone at the NC State AFL-CIO, we send our most heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Bennett’s family.
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