PROSPERITY — Joclair Ellenberg Taylor, wife of the late, Reverend Houston David Taylor, Sr., died July 16, 2014 in Prosperity, SC. A quintessential Christian mother and Southern lady, she was born the 24th of October, 1928, in Ninety Six, SC to William Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Smith Ellenberg.
Joclair attended Emmanuel College where she met Houston, who had just returned from service in World War II. They married November 7th, 1947. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, a musician, a piano teacher, and loved all things artistic. Most of all she was a nurturing mother to her seven children, twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her children and their families: Glynda Caddell, her son St. Clair "Chip" (Anna) Caddell and their children, Olivia and Ethan; Houston (Lynda Legere) Taylor, Jr.; Susan (Reverend Dr. Jennings) Putnam, their daughter Shay (David) Kemp and their children, Joseph, Miriam, Benjamin, Lydia, and Elizabeth, and their daughter Julie (Reverend Jarrett) McNeely and their children Alex, Jonathan, and Caroline; Reverend Stephen (Reverend Cynthia) Taylor, their daughter Lauren (Daniel) Stines, and daughter Kelsey Taylor; Thomas (Dr. Laura Wright) Taylor; Elizabeth "Beth" Taylor and her children Mason, Blaire and Philip; and Ann (Merritt) Moseley and their children Joshua, Sarah, and William. She is further survived by two sisters, Lois Price of Raleigh, NC and Grace Ellenberg of Greenville, NC.
She was pre-deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by a daughter-in-law, Vera Lynn Ashford Taylor, and a son-in-law, Reverend Edward Nunnery Taylor, Jr.
A celebration of her life will be held at Wightman United Methodist Church in Prosperity, SC at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, with visitation to follow. A family interment will be at 3:00 PM at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Laurens, SC.
Memorials may be made to the WARM Fund at Wightman UMC, P O Box 376, Prosperity, SC 29127.
The family is at the home, 203 North Main Street, Prosperity, SC.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.whitakerfuneralhome.com.
Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family.