Carolyn Taylor – 1938-2023

Carolyn Taylor – 1938-2023

Mrs. Carolyn Faye Whitmore Taylor, born in Little Rock, Ark., on October 6, 1938, was the daughter of Alvin E. Whitmore, Sr., and Ottimis Jones Whitmore (Swedburg). Carolyn was educated in the public schools of Little Rock and a proud member of the last graduating class of Little Rock Dunbar High School
in 1955. She graduated from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N College) in Pine Bluff, Ark. in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.

Carolyn married the man of her dreams, Ronald K. Taylor of Bowling Green, Ky. Together, they celebrated 23 years of marriage. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Rhonda and Tamara.
The couple made their home in West Helena, Ark., where Carolyn taught elementary school, and Ron taught and coached high school basketball, football, and track. Carolyn later relocated to Little Rock
in 1986 following the death of her beloved husband.

Carolyn worked professionally as an elementary teacher of language arts, spelling, and handwriting for more than 30 years. Her first teaching job was in the West Helena Public School District. She later taught
in the Little Rock Public School System at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School until her retirement.
After retirement, she joined the Retired Educators of Little Rock Public Schools and served many roles including Chair of the monthly hostess committee, secretary, and sang in the Retired Educators’ choir.
Carolyn was inducted into the Helena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., in 1968. She assumed many responsibilities in the service of Delta and later became a charter member of the Central Arkansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. in 1996. At the time of her death, she was an
active member of Little Rock Alumnae Chapter.

Carolyn was a member of several other organizations including the Dunbar/Horace Mann Alumni Association (former president of the Little Rock Chapter from 2015-2019). She sang with the Art Porter Singers and served as financial secretary for the University Park Neighborhood Association. For more than fifty years, she was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and in 2012 she united with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church. She sang in the choir and served faithfully in many capacities at both churches.

Carolyn departed this life on Saturday, September 9, 2023. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters: Rhonda Taylor Hall and Dr. Tamara Taylor Perry (Robert), both of Little Rock, Ark.; two stepsons, Tony Anthony (Desiree) of Louisville, Ky., and Ronnie Anthony (Jackie) of Bowling Green, Ky.; seven grandsons: Taylor Dunn, Evan Hall, and Preston Perry of Little Rock; Trenton Dunn of Conway, Ark; Peyton Perry of New Orleans, La.; Prentice Hall, Jr. of Springfield, Mo.; and Parker Perry of Murray, Ky.;
two brothers, Alvin E. Whitmore, Jr. (Lu) of Chicopee, Mass.; Martin Whitmore (Laura) of Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Stephanie Whitmore and Tracey Whitmore of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

All services will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2501 South Main Street, Little Rock, Ark.

Visitation: 9 -10 a.m. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Omega Omega Service: 10 -10:45 a.m. Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Reverend C. Dennis Edwards, Officiant.

4 thoughts on “Carolyn Taylor – 1938-2023”

  • Taylor family, sorry for the passing of Carolyn. My sincere condolences to you at this most difficult time. A life so well lived with many blessings. Keep your faith and trust in God.

  • I am Ollie Darling-Whitaker, Carolyn’s first grade friend and the class of 1955. I will miss sending her another box
    of See’s candy. Thinking of you as you remember your loved one.

  • Rhonda, Tamara and Family of our beloved Carolyn!
    May you find comfort in knowing that Our Heavenly Father has welcomed another one of his children home! Your dear Mother was such a loving Sister that her memories will live on, hopefully through her two “precious Baby Girls,” now proud parents,too. James and I offer our sincere condolences to The Family of a long time West Helena, AR friend, Sorority Sister, and Monday evening visitors (Carolyn and Tam ) in Marianna, AR!

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