Bishop Lewis N. Taylor | Obituary | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 3, 2017 6:12 pm
Lewis Nathaniel (Nay) Taylor, the son of Lewis Paul Taylor and Ethel Hicks Taylor of Walterboro, was born on July 7, 1937. He attended schools in Colleton County until he joined the Navy. Upon returning home, he married Leviticus Jones of Walterboro on December 31, 1962 and to this union they had six children.
Bishop Taylor deeply loved his family, his church family and his community. He pastored in San Diego, Calif., Washington D.C., and was a youth pastor in New York. Returning to his native home of Walterboro after the passing of his father, Bishop Taylor continued the legacy of his dad and became the pastor of Greater Saint James. He encouraged, inspired and mentored many people in the community and abroad from which many churches were born.
Bishop Taylor served as a pastor, carpenter, general contractor, and was a brick mason by trade. He owned and operated several businesses. For example, he developed a produce transport company with several 18-wheelers and hired many local truck drivers. He also constructed and installed church furniture for several years, using local workers to do the work. In fact, Bishop Taylor designed and built the Saints Center Ministries sanctuary. In addition, he built the stained-glass windows in the church.
Bishop Taylor was a builder-visionary. He helped several pastors construct and design church buildings throughout South Carolina. His work went far beyond building construction. He helped pastors and ministry leaders develop as professionals in the ministry. He developed Colleton County’s initial Interdenominational Bible Institute in the 1970s.
Bishop Taylor was appointed to bishop by The Mission Consortium of Churches International in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was appointed the Southern Regional Bishop for six states and served his community by his participation on various boards. In 2008 and 2017, the mayor of Walterboro presented Bishop Taylor with the “Key to the City”.
Bishop Taylor is known to many as “The little man, with the BIG vision.”
He served his community tirelessly until he retired, and he was a man who lived by example. He earned the admiration and respect of all the people he came in contact with because of his dedication, professionalism, collegiality and enthusiasm.
On Monday Oct. 2, Bishop Taylor transitioned to his eternal resting place. Preceding him in death, along with his parents, were his brothers Charles, Edward and Robert, and granddaughter Ashton Olivia Taylor.
Left to remember his legacy are his loving wife Lady Leviticus Taylor; his children, Rolets Buckner, Stella (Paul) Jones, David (Stephanie) Taylor, Sarai Taylor, Pastor Phillip (Lady Wanda) Taylor, and Janet Taylor; his sister, Doris Taylor-Hill; his sisters-in-law, Irma Montgomery, Shelley Jones, Ella John, Carolyn Jones and Carol Jones; his brother-in-law, Reuben Jones; his grandchildren, Brianne B., Emmanuel B., Paul Jr., Christina J., Bryan J., NeQuan B., Keyrod N., DaVaun T., Emmanuel H., Charese T., Phillip Jr. and Peyton T.; his 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his church family.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday Oct. 4 along with a Service of Tribute from 7-10 p.m. at Saints Center Min. Life celebratory services will conclude on Thursday Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. The interment and final rites will conclude in the Beaufort National Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Koger’s Mortuary Service, Inc. of Walterboro.