Mr. Claudius George Taylor, Sr., 86 a well-known resident of Stuart (Martin County), sucessful businessman and entrepreneur, passed away peacefully at Treasure Coast Hospice, (Hay-Madeira IPU) in Stuart. He was born on February 16, 1932 in Blanketsound, Andros Bahamas to the late Henry Taylor, Sr. and the late Mary Brown. Claudius attended school in the Bahamas, and at an early age, he came to the United States to work. Later, he met and married Ruby Lee Dunwoody on February 26, 1955. This union was blessed with Bernice, Deborah, Mary and Claudius, Jr. He worked on several flower farms and later purchased a greyhound bus to provide transportation to anyone who needed it. Years after that, he became a clothing store owner, opened a grocery store, and owned an apartment complex. "Mr. Taylor", as he was affectionately known, began pouring into the lives of our young boys by starting a baseball team to give something positive, that they loved doing. He was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Indiantown, FL and sung in a gospel quartet known as the Crusaders. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by : a daughter , Barbara Green of Gifford, FL; a son , Tony Lockett of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a granddaughter , Shantella Howard; a grandson , Lavonta Jolly; 3 sisters , Mazel Bethel, Maria Brown and Vera Major all of Nassau Bahamas; 6 brothers , Ellett Major, Samuel Major, John Major, Henry Major and Issac Hepburn all of Nassau Bahamas and Henry Taylor, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. FL. He leaves behind to mourn his passing and cherish his precious industrious memory : his loving and devoted wife of 63 years , RubyTaylor (who is more precious than the gem itself); 3 caring daughters , Bernice Simpson (Joe) of Indiantown, FL, Deborah Thompson of Stuart, FL and Mary Davis (Jeffery) of Ft. Pierce, FL; 2 sons , Claudius Taylor, Jr. (Maggie) of Port St. Lucie, FL and Jacari Stubbs (Sheremah) of Jasper, FL; 27 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren; 7 sisters, Norma Rolle, and Viverene Rolle of Nassau, Bahamas, Joyce Roberts of Lake Worth, FL, Rose Davis and Dianne Taylor of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Margaret Taylor of Fort Pierce, FL and Dominni Ricketts of West Palm Beach, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will dearly miss him. Services : Visitation will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 5pm-7pm at New Birth Community Outreach, 925 SE Tarpon Avenue, Stuart. FL 35994 and A Homegoing Celebration will convene at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2450 SE Ocean Blvd in Stuart, FL 34996 at 11am with a Horse and Carriage Recessional to Fernhill Memorial Gardens in Stuart FL where Mr. Claudius George Taylor, Sr. will be laid to rest after a Bohemian Junkanoo Tribute. Arrangements have been entrusted into the professional care of Thorne's Mortuary in Stuart, FL, "A Ministry of Comfort."
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