|Death: ||Apr. 16, 2006|
Evelyn Reeves Taylor
Black Mountain - Evelyn Reeves Taylor, 95, of Black Mountain, died April 16, 2006 at Highland Farms, where she made her home for the last several years. She was the wife of the late Roy A. Taylor, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 11th District for 16 years.
Mrs. Taylor, daughter of the late Mallie B. Reeves and Della Brown Reeves, grew up in the Leicester community and was a graduate of Leicester High School. After graduating from Woman's College, now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she went to Black Mountain to teach French and English in the high school. It was there that she met her husband, who was teaching math and history, and studying law with the late Claude B. Love. She taught for a few years after her marriage, then devoted herself to being a homemaker, raised a family, and was involved in civic and community affairs in Black Mountain.
She was active in the First Baptist Church in Black Mountain, PTA work, youth programs, the Black Mountain Women's Club, which she joined in 1934, and the Tea & Topic club, which she joined in 1936.
Mrs. Taylor went to Washington in 1960 when her husband was elected to the United States Congress. She became a member of the Congressional Club and was elected president of that organization in 1967 for a two year term. In Washington, she was also active in an international club and in the Red Cross. She acted as unofficial tour guide of Washington to many constituents from western North Carolina who visited and she traveled throughout the district with her husband during his campaigns.
Her most memorable event during the Washington years was attending the funeral of Chiang Kai Shek in Taipei, Taiwan in April, 1975. Chosen by President Gerald Ford, Rep. Taylor was the only representative from the U.S. House named to join the delegation of twelve people representing the United States. The Taylors flew on Air Force II with Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Sen. Barry Goldwater, and other dignitaries.
Rep. Taylor retired from Congress in 1977 and the Taylors returned to their home in Black Mountain. He died in 1995, and Mrs. Taylor went to Highland Farms to live in 1997.
The Taylors' two children are Alan Taylor, who lives in Black Mountain with his wife, Guydana; and Toni Robinson, who lives in Plymouth with her husband, John. Their three grandchildren are Stacey Taylor of Raleigh; Marshall Robinson, who lives in Seattle, Wash., with his wife Carol; and Greg Robinson, who lives in Kernersville with his wife, Beth. The four great grandchildren are Katherine and Charlotte Robinson of Seattle, and Hunter and Stanton Robinson of Kernersville.
She is also survived by one niece, Carole Currie of Weaverville, and three nephews, Bill Hart of Fletcher, James Reeves of Leicester, and John Reeves of Asheville.
Among family members who predeceased her were two sisters, Mabel Hart and Helen Reeves; two brothers, Craig Reeves and Paul Reeves; and a niece, Ruth Wells.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends, in the Assembly Room at Highland Farms in Black Mountain on Friday at 2 p.m., with the Revs. David Rayburn and Edgar Ferrell presiding.
Roy Arthur Taylor (1910 - 1995)*
Alan Ferguson Taylor (1941 - 2014)*
Mountain View Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Lady Nan
Record added: Apr 06, 2009
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