Repost: Homegoing Cerlebration For Deacon Bennett McCoy Taylor Gumberry, NC

Sorry for any inconvenience but I just learned that the wake and the funeral arrangements have been changed due to the weather. I have edited the following correspondence that I received to reflect the changes.

My condolences goes out to the Taylor family.

I was shocked when I received this message. I thought it was someone else until I seen the photo because the age threw me off. I had no idea Brother Taylor was 72.

I met Brother Taylor back in the 90’s as we were in the Democratic Party, NAACP and when I was in the Masonary.

I just spoke with Brother Taylor in January at the NAACP Winter Meeting in Raleigh NC. I had no idea that he was that sickly however I knew he was in a wheel chair. Actually I went inside the training to get his brother for him as he was out in the hallway at the church.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin


Dear Curmilus,

Photo of Bennett McCoy TaylorIt 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

Online condolences may be posted at


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
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 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.

In Solidarity,

James Andrews

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