CHARLESTON — Ann Earl Taylor Smith, age 75, passed away Tuesday, June 26.
Funeral services were held 12 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Abundant Harvest Church with interment following in New Town Baptist Church Cemetery in Charleston. Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 26, 1942 to the late Elijah Sr. and Essie Taylor of Charleston.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Taylor Chapel C.M.E. Church, where she was a member. After she married and relocated to Birmingham, she became a member of St. Mark M.B. Church. She was a graduate of Charleston High School and of Mississippi Industrial (MI) College. She was employed as a teacher in the West Tallahatchie School District. She was also a licensed beautician and beauty shop owner. She retired and served as a consultant to other beauty shops while in Birmingham. She was also a homemaker to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jesse Smith of Birmingham; her six children, Manva Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla., Yolanda Smith, Kendrick Smith, Shannon Smith and Tehrran Smith of Birmingham, Kristi (Chawan) Jernigan of Louisville; four grandsons, Cordarryl Nelson, Taylor Mitchell, Cameron Perry and Chawan Edward Dean Jernigan; three granddaughters, Tuesday Mitchell, Kristin Jernigan and Dorianne Jernigan; three great-grandchildren, Angelina Nelson, Kendal Payne and DelonTrez Christian; her mother, Essie Taylor of Charleston; seven sisters, Ora Eggleston of Charleston, Deloris Lott and Gloria Taylor of Jackson, Bessie (Fredrick) Bellamy of Charleston, Lenora McInnis and Mary (Godfrey) Singleton of Ridgeland, Maggie Taylor of Madison; four brothers, Berlin (Willie Bell) Taylor and Varnest Taylor, both of Charleston, Earnest Taylor of Biloxi, Floyd Taylor of Memphis; and a host of nieces, nephews, couins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elijah Taylor Sr. and four brothers, Larry Taylor, Lee Taylor, Roger Taylor and Elijah “June” Taylor.