Superintendent Elder Rufus E. Taylor, 79, of Elyria, went home to be with the Lord March 31, 2008, in EMH Regional Medical Center following a long illness. Born in Winchester, Tenn., he came to Elyria in 1946.
Elder Taylor was employed at the U.S. Steel Corporation in the Blast Furnace Dept. Retiring in 1982, he also worked in the shoe department at US Steel where he served as manager. Elder Taylor was called into the ministry in 1949; he was ordained an Elder in 1954. Elder Taylor was an assistant pastor of Noel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, after the death of Elder W.H. Noel. Elder Taylor became Pastor of the Greater Noel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, where he had been pastor from 1970 until his passing. Elder Taylor became Superintendent over the Lorain District Church of God in Christ in January 1971, and was Pastor of Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ in Sandusky.
He was president of Ohio First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction where he served as chairman of the State Financial Committee. Prior to this assignment he served as the Lorain District YPWW President, Sunday School Superintendent, and on the Sunday School State Advisory Board. He was later elected Pastor of the Year in 2005, due to the rebuilding of the new edifice of Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ in Sandusky by the Cleveland Regional Connection of the Church of God in Christ, Chaplain of the Lorain County Sheriff Dept., past president of the Lorain Ministers Alliance, a supporter of the NAACP Elyria branch, the Katrina Coalition of Lorain County, an avid supporter of WJTB radio, a supporter of many charitable organization. He has received many rewards, certificates, and accommodations.
Survived by his wife of 59 years, since July 8, 1949, Elizabeth Taylor; daughter, Tricher Diane Gooden of Lorain; son, Floyd T. Taylor of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris Valentine and Margaret Elizabeth Davis, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Juanita Vanzant of Winchester; brothers, Thurman Taylor of Pomona, Calif., Howard F. Taylor, Edward L. Taylor, both of Winchester, Walter D. Taylor of Memphis, Tenn., and Bobby R. Taylor Sr. and Charles D. Taylor, both of Elyria; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents, Guy Rufus and Carrie Luvenia Taylor; brothers, Carl, James, and Leonard Taylor; and sisters, Laura Griffea and Anna F. Wilkerson.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Greater Noel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 3529 Ada Ave., Lorain, Ohio.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Original Church of God, 312 Edward St., Elyria; Bishop P.A. Brooks, Second Presiding Bishop of the National and International Church of God in Christ, Pastor of the New St. Paul Tabernacle of Church of God in Christ, will deliver the eulogy. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery, Avon, Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes, Inc. Elyria. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.