Deacon Robert L. Taylor, 67, of Memphis, Tenn., and formerly of Sun River Terrace, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018, at his home.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 487 N. Fairmont Ave., Kankakee. His childhood friend, the Rev. Earnest Rucker, will officiate.
Robert was born on Jan. 24, 1951, in Chicago, the son of the Rev. Casey Wade Jr. and Doris Wade.
He had been an ordained deacon at Morning Glory Missionary Baptist Church. Robert was a jack of all trades who had the natural talent to do many things —from fixing a transmission to installing flooring, you could call on him for anything. He was mostly known for his many years of working as a schoolbus driver for St. Anne High School and was loved by all of the students on his route. In previous years, he also was a driver for dialysis patients, and he worked and served in his community, The Village of Sun River Terrace.
Robert loved playing bingo, going on road trips, family gatherings and hanging with friends.
Surviving are his wife, Pamela Taylor, of Memphis, Tenn.; father, of Kankakee; children, Kasey Taylor (Phillip Dixon), of Chicago, Tangie (Larry) Ray, of Memphis, Tenn., Terrance (Lanee) Ellis, of Crete, and LaToy Taylor and Robert Taylor, of Kankakee; and seven grandchildren whom he adored. Also surviving are aunts, Grace Taylor, of Harvey, Delores (Roscoe) McClendon, of Flossmoor, Rose Covington, of Pembroke Township, Janet Andrews, of Vancouver, Wash., Ludella Gilmore, of Atlanta, Ga., and JoAnne Williams, of Fort Meyers, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews and special cousins he was very close with.
Preceding him in death were his mother; sisters, Yolanda Diane Wade and Joycherie Wade; grandparents, Joe and Nancy Taylor; aunts, Dorothy Boyd, Carrie Smith and Marion Price; and uncles, Willie (Lucky) Taylor and Joe Taylor Jr.