Eddie Taylor Sr.
1939 - 2020
BORN
1939
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Buggs Funeral Home - Melbourne
2701 S. Harbor City Blvd.
Melbourne, FL
Eddie Taylor, Sr.

Melbourne - Eddie Lee Taylor passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. Eddie was born on April 28, 1939, in northern Palm Bay. Eddie graduated from Stone School in 1958; after which, he attended Florida Memorial College in St. Augustine, FL., and earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Eddie was then employed by the Brevard County School Board, and taught at Stone School. A few years later he moved his family to Washington D.C. where he taught in the Washington D.C. Public Schools.

Soon, Eddie and his family returned to Melbourne, and he continued his teaching career when he was chosen to integrate Roy Allen Elementary School. Eddie continued his education, and received his Master's Degree in School Administration from the University of Central Florida. In the 1970's, under the guidance of the Brevard County School Board, Mr. Taylor was assigned the role of Assistant Principal at Stone Middle School, and charged with the assignment of opening of a new program for adults with special focus on the South Melbourne area. While serving in this capacity, Eddie, along with his staff, were instrumental in providing opportunities for many adults of all cultures to obtain their high school diplomas and thus improve their lives. Later, the Adult Education Program was moved to Palm Bay High School where Eddie served as Assistant Principal for Adult Education until his retirement.

Mr. Taylor's character and influence were factors that influenced the Melbourne Jaycees of the 1970's to recruit him as the first African-American member of the organization. While working with the Jaycees, the late Mr. Norm Keller, in March, 1972, invited Eddie to create a Radio Program focusing on the African American community to be aired on Radio Station WMMB/WYRL. Later, that program evolved into the Eddie Taylor Gospel Sing which aired each Sunday morning for almost 20 years.

Eddie's public service continued most of his life, and two of Florida's governors, Governor Bob Martinez and Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him as a commissioner to the Housing Authority of Brevard County, where he served tirelessly for eight years to provide decent and affordable housing for underprivileged citizens.

Also, as a former member of the Board of Directors for East Central Florida Junior Achievement Program, his work influenced the lives of many high school students in exposing them to mentors, as well as the world of business. In addition, Mr. Taylor formerly served as a member of the Holmes Regional Development Council where he served as liaison between the community and the Council.

Most of all, the South Melbourne community held a special place in Eddie's heart. He worked tirelessly as President of the Lipscomb Park Association where he served for more than 25 years, and was a constant fixture at City Hall lobbying the Mayor and Council for allocated funds to improve the park, which would benefit the lives of young people in the area. Eddie also ran twice for the Melbourne City Council.

The Women's Center of Melbourne, The Caribbean Festival Committee of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, and, Mount Moriah Baptist Church where he was a life-long member, and Chair of the Trustee Board are just few of the many institutions that he felt the call to serve, are a testament to Mr. Taylor's selfless personality. Mr. Taylor envisioned his service to humanity as doing God's work on earth, with the hope of leaving the world somewhat better than the world into which he was born.

However, Mr. Eddie Lee Taylor's greatest legacy is the immeasurable love that he had for his children, grandchildren, and other family members, as well as, all people. He never met a stranger. Packaging and distributing candy to children at Halloween; playing Santa Claus for the neighborhood kids in South Melbourne were some of his most enjoyable delights. Eddie was a mentor to the late Charles Doyle. Dad, we love you; you will live forever in our hearts.

He leaves to mourn his loss: Sons: Eddie, Jr. (Felecia) and Reginald, Sr. (Felicia); Daughters: Bridgette Scott (James) and Brenda Taylor; Grandchildren: Christina, Mia, Sierra, Reginald Jr., Nikolai, Spencer, Bryant, Robin, Nicole and Deon; a number of Great-Grandchildren; Sister-in-Law: Maxie Taylor; a dearly beloved sweetheart: Judith Doyle, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in the United States, England, and Canada.

The viewing for Mr. Eddie Taylor is open to the public on Friday, October 9th from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 10th at 3:00 P.M. at Buggs Funeral Home, 2701 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. Due to the pandemic, the funeral service is limited to family only and will be live streamed at https://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/38262

Buggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.





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Mr. Taylor was the best teacher I ever had. He helped me a lot in math at Roy Allen. I was able to overcome my fear of math. He was a great teacher and friend.
My condolences to his family.
Denise Aiello
Student
October 27, 2020
I will continue to pray for you that God will ever hold you up at this time of sorrow and grief from Apostle SL Carney we love you
Stanley Carney
Friend
October 17, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Doris Snow
Friend
October 14, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Gracie Newell
Friend
October 11, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
GUY & VERNA GIORDANI
Friend
October 11, 2020
Eddie was a very friendly and godly man. We enjoyed many conversations over the years. His jovial nature will be missed, but only for a short time as we will join him in the future! Our condolences to the family.
Thomas & Sharon Dame
October 10, 2020
I offer my condolences. May God be with you all throughout your bereavement. Uncle Eddie was a great man and will be missed by many.
Stephanie Gainey Highland
Family
October 10, 2020
Your friends share in the loss of Eddie who was a special gentleman with a great big smile. I enjoyed his radio show on Sunday mornings. Reflect upon all the joy that you once shared with him. May the Lord comfort his family and friends and bring peace to all especially at this time. With deepest sympathy. Love, Virginia
VIRGINIA INGRAM
Friend
October 10, 2020
To My Beloved Bridgette and the Taylor Family. It is with my deepest sympathy as you lay your dad to rest. Prayers for comfort at this difficult time.
Paula Pringle
Friend
October 10, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope.
Eddie Jr, Bridgette, Riggie and Brenda we pray for comfort and peace for you all.
We Love You Guys,
Jacques and Nicole.
Jacques Edwards
Family
October 10, 2020
Mr Taylor a wonderful gentleman, always with a smile. Will be greatly missed.
May your memories comfort you & the love you shared bring you strength in the days ahead.
May he rest in peace.
Lerick & Amy Chong
Acquaintance
October 10, 2020
Dear Brenda and Taylor family,
I read the beautifully moving and informative tribute to your father in the newspaper. He was and is a man of God. He used his life to bless so many others in the Name of the Lord. I feel privileged to have known him. But I know all of us who know Jesus as our Savior have the overwhelming comfort of the certainty of a life everlasting with our Heavenly Father. Thank you for informing me of his passing. I watched the service on line and was filled with emotion along with all those physically present there.
Out of respect for the family and the instructions in the paper, I did not attend in person to allow for the privacy and social distancing necessary during this time of coronavirus.
I thank the Lord for the opportunity to know this wonderful man with his positive attitude and can do spirit.
I know that your father used his spiritual gifts and wide experience in education to affect so many young persons to grow in His Spirit and to give to those around them. He encouraged all those young people to make the most of those gifts and abilities that were God given and turn around and bless those around them. That is the purpose that the Lord gives us all is to make the most of our blessings and pass them on. We are to use this life to honor and glorify our Creator and Eddie Taylor Sr certainly did that. He will receive the admonition, “Well done, good and faithful servant” by our Lord as he passes through the gates of heaven to confront the Lord himself.
Our condolences but yet praises and thanksgiving are passed on to you from my wife and my staff on this blessed day that we celebrate Eddies passing onto eternity with Him.
Richard and Janice Leong
RICHARD LEONG
October 10, 2020
R. I. P. Uncle Eddie
You will truly be missed
CORINNA LYNCH
Family
October 10, 2020
Dear Brenda and Taylor family,
I read the beautifully moving and informative tribute to your father in the newspaper. He was and is a man of God. He used his life to bless so many others in the Name of the Lord. I feel privileged to have known him. But I know all of us who know Jesus as our Savior have the overwhelming comfort of the certainty of a life everlasting with our Heavenly Father. Thank you for informing me of his passing. I watched the service on line and was filled with emotion along with all those physically present there.
Out of respect for the family and the instructions in the paper, I did not attend in person to allow for the privacy and social distancing necessary during this time of coronavirus.
I thank the Lord for the opportunity to know this wonderful man with his positive attitude and can do spirit.
I know that your father used his spiritual gifts and wide experience in education to affect so many young persons to grow in His Spirit and to give to those around them. He encouraged all those young people to make the most of those gifts and abilities that were God given and turn around and bless those around them. That is the purpose that the Lord gives us all is to make the most of our blessings and pass them on. We are to use this life to honor and glorify our Creator and Eddie Taylor Sr certainly did that. He will receive the admonition, “Well done, good and faithful servant” by our Lord as he passes through the gates of heaven to confront the Lord himself.
Our condolences but yet praises and thanksgiving are passed on to you from my wife and my staff on this blessed day that we celebrate Eddies passing onto eternity with Him.
Richard and Janice Leong
RICHARD AND JANICE LEONG
October 10, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Sara Snead Davis and Family
Sara Snead Davis and Family
Neighbor
October 10, 2020
What a wonderful guy! We wish we could be there with you to honor him and console you, but you are in our prayers. Love in Christ, Christine & Mike
Christine & Mike Gallagher
Friend
October 10, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We love you.

Edward, Nicole and Amber
Nicole Cooper
Family
October 10, 2020
Family wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. God Bless
John and Chenita Edwards
Family
October 10, 2020
I will miss my favorite brother-in law. Love him so much. Family be strong.
Maxie Taylor
Brother
October 10, 2020
Brenda, I pray God covers you and your family with His perfect peace and love.
Kandace Goshe’
Friend
October 10, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Felicia Taylor
Family
October 10, 2020
It is with deep sorrow that I extend deepest sympathies to the family of Eddie Taylor. I have known Eddie for "almost a lifetime"! The Taylors, Clarks, and Tylers have been extended family with my family (Harris, Tucker, Todd and Thayer) for many, many years. Eddie was a wonderful mentor for me while in High School at Stone! He will truly be missed. R.I.P. Eddie!
Elsenna Harris Jordan & Family
Elsenna Jordan
Friend
October 10, 2020
To the family: Praying that the Lord will continue to strengthen you during this difficult time. May God bless you always. We love you. Uncle Nat and Aunt Bea. Ken & Lidell and family.
Lidell McGill
Family
October 10, 2020
Eddie Jr., Bridgette, Brenda and Reggie, May God the Father through Jesus Christ reveal His Comfort and Love with His Amazing Grace during this time and forever more. My memories of Uncle Eddie was his smile, his laughter and his love for all of you. Blessings to all of you. In Christ Jesus Love.
Cousin Clessie & Cathy Simmons Jr.
Clessie Simmons Jr.
Family
October 10, 2020
So sorry for your incredible loss. May God help your family during this difficult time. I did not get to him but he lived a great life. Prayers for the entire family.
Tejal Patel
Friend
October 9, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Mirna and Roberto Whyte
Family
October 9, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Marva Scott
Family
October 9, 2020
Anthony (Tony) Johnson
Family
October 9, 2020
I met Eddie through my Father, Willie J. Hunter, Washington, DC (They sang in Men’s group @ Church). However, my Husband knew Eddie as they both attended Florida Memorial College, St. Augustine, FL. Eddie Taylor was PRECIOUS!!!
Lewis & Ollie Moton
Friend
October 9, 2020
I met Eddie through the office I work for, he was always such a delight when he would come in, just so pleasant, sweet, always smiling and laughing. We had a common love for fishing and we would talk about how fishing was 20 years ago and we knew some of the same fisherman. He always brought a smile to my face when he would walk in he will be greatly missed in our office. I also have had the pleasure to meet his daughters Brenda who is also bright and sunny just like her father. His laughter will live on. I know he is fishing with Jesus now, rest in peace Eddie.
Tina Cox
Acquaintance
October 9, 2020
In loving memory to my dear Uncle Eddie. I will cherish all of our times together. I love you always and forever and I will miss you always. Rest in God’s Perfect Peace.
Your Niece,
Betty
Betty Edwards
Family
October 9, 2020
Shawn Sanchez
October 9, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Love you Bridgette, praying for all of you.
Pamela McMillian
Family
October 9, 2020
To the Taylor family: Almighty and eternal God, have mercy on the Taylor family. Keep them continually under your protection, and direct them according to your gracious favor in the way of eternal salvation. Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Our hearts are with you in your time of sorrow. May our condolences bring you comfort and ease the pain of your loss. May the memory of Eddie give you peace and strength.”
We pray the love for Eddie is forever carried in your memory.”
Respectfully, Joe, Teresa Davis and family

Joseph N Davis
October 9, 2020
I met Uncle Eddie about twenty years ago. My son is married to his niece, Barbara Rick's. He was always a kind man and would call me granny Catherine as all the children did. He traveled to Fort Pierce to attend the many family gatherings host by his niece Barbara and her husband Tony . Our sincere condolences to the Taylor family. May God comfort each of you during your time of bearevement . Catherine and Willie Long
Catherine Long
Friend
October 8, 2020
Leola Scott
October 8, 2020
To the family, I count it all joy and a blessing to have been a part of Eddie's journey. To have known,loved and experience his kindness,for the community. But most of all his love for his family. R I P king.
mary terry
Friend
October 8, 2020
Sorry to learn of Mr. Taylor's passing. We enjoyed talking with him at the Melbourne City Council meetings. My mother worked with Mr. Taylor through the school board, and John worked with Brenda at Take Stock in Children. Mr. Taylor always stuck me as being a true Southern Gentleman, he will be greatly missed by not only his family and friends, but this community as well.
John and Eileen Edmiston
John and Eileen Edmiston
Friend
October 8, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Gwendolyn Simmons
Family
October 8, 2020
My grandpa was the most amazing man I’d ever met. He raised my dad and his other children with the best parts of him. He was everything I could’ve asked for in a grandpa. I’m going to miss him so much, his laugh and the way he called me “cici”. I’ll never forget what an amazing man he was not only to his family but to his community. Granddaddy, I love you so much and thank you for leaving such a strong imprint on me to become the best person I can be.
Sierra Taylor
Grandchild
October 8, 2020
You have our deepest sympathy.
Nathaniel and Ruth Strawder
Friend
October 8, 2020
Mr. Eddie Taylor was a charming, gracious Christian gentleman. He loved his Family, his Church, and his community. May God comfort those who knew and loved him best.

Dr. Sandra Nixon Tynes
Kissimmee, FL
Dr. Sandra Tynes
Friend
October 7, 2020
I met Mr. Taylor as a sixth grader at roy Allen school. He was in charge of the safety patrols minding crosswalks and such. I was one of his kids and seen his a few times as i was growing up. The man was a great friend and roll model teaching us all how to treat people and just being a friend. Im now 63 and will never forget the man and what he stood for.
This gentleman will truly be missed. Brevard school system will never find a better teacher of young kids.
rest in peace Mr. Taylor and thank you for being my friend and the friend to the other thousands of kids you touched for all these years
David Tabet
Student
October 7, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ferndell Nieves
Neighbor
October 6, 2020
I always looked for Eddie sitting in the Melbourne. City Council chambers. He never failed to have a kind word for me.

Betty Moore ExMelbourne City Councilman
Betty Moore
Friend
October 6, 2020
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