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Edward James  Taylor
  • Victory Life Church
    6892 D. Drive North
    Battle Creek, MI 49014
  • Franklin AME Church
    811 Sycamore Street
    Niles, MI 49120

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“Ed it was always a pleasure seeing you. When I seen you I knew Julia weren't too far beyond and when I would see Julia I knew you weren't too far...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Kisha Bryant - Battle Creek, MI

“My condolences to the family of Edward Taylor. Rest in Peace Edward from Giles Road. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Gloria Willis-Daniels - Wendell, NC

“What a kind and gentle soul was he! Always a very friendly smile and hello eveytime i saw him at the VA. He will be missed! God Speed My Friend ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kathleen Bennett - Battle Creek, MI

“Our Sincerest Sympathy and Prayer to Julia and Family."In memory of Edwards smile." ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Eddie Nelson Nelson - Kansas City, MO

“Ed will be missed at the VA Greenhouse . He was a great man. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Slamkowski - DOUGLAS, MI

“Ed was a wonderful man, and will be missed every day at the VA Greenhouse. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Slamkowski - DOUGLAS, MI

“There is peace in the valley for me, There'll be no sadness, no sorrowNo trouble, trouble will I seeThere will be peace in the valley for me,And I'll...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jerome & Dorothea Holloway - MI

“RIP my condolences to the family of my great friend... ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Brent Williams - West Haven, CT

“To all of the family of Edward, I have always thought about him since I left Niles in 1982 and went on to TEXAS to make my home and a family. He and...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Luanne Salinas - Freeport, TX

“Prayers to Eds's family and friends. We graduated together in Niles in 1982. We had a lot of good times. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: cort hullinger - niles, MI

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Edward James Taylor, age 57 of Battle Creek, MI went home to be with the Lord on January 31, 2022, with his wife by his side. He was born March 11, 1964 in Cleveland, OH the son of Hortense (Holloway) and late Steve Taylor. Edward was raised in Niles, MI and graduated from Niles High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He attended Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan where he also played Collegiate Basketball and earned a Degree in Engineering.

Edward enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1984 as a combat engineer and M-16 specialist. While stationed in Germany, a unfortunate event left Edward disabled, but he made the best of every day. He joined the Disabled Veterans of America (DAV), and volunteered at the VA while still serving his country. Edward enjoyed all sports, traveling, and most of all spending time with his mother, family and friends.

As a child, Edward was an avid member of Franklin AME Church in Niles, MI and often visited the Church whenever going back to his home town. Upon arriving in Battle Creek, Edward became a member of Victory Life Church under the Pastoral Leadership of James Sunnock, until Edward's untimely passing.

Edward met and married the "Love of His Life" for 10 Blessed years and is survived by his wife, Julia (Hawkins) Taylor of Battle Creek. Edward is also survived by his sister, Angela Dixon of MO; brother, Gregory (Anna) Taylor of MO; brothers-in-law, Maurice Pointer and Bruce Hawkins of Battle Creek; and two aunts, Viola Mason of NC, and Susie Sturgis of IL. Also surviving are five nephews, Lee (Kambria) Dixon Jr., Dominique (Katie) Dixon, Allen Taylor, Anthony Hawkins, and Mark (Rananah) Pointer; six nieces, Deyja Taylor, Brandi Taylor, Depree Hawkins, Julia Hawkins, Adrianne Pointer, and Debrea Micklatcher, all of whom Edward love dearly and every time he saw them, he would be overjoyed. Edward also leaves behind a special friend and matchmaker, Janice McNichols, who introduced Edward to Julia in 2009; as well as a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, and cousins, whom he cherished greatly. He was preceded in death by his father.

Edward's Going Home celebration will be held 11:30 a.m., February 11,2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Avenue, NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 a.m., Friday. The service will be Live-Streamed and may be viewed at . Interment with full military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Donations can be made to the DAV, Franklin AME Church in Niles, MI., and Victory Life Church Battle Creek, MI.