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Taylor, C.J., Rev. (Clifford James), 1930-2011


Biographical Note

He was born August 10, 1930 in Statenville, to the late Herbert and Retha Mae Sanders Taylor. He was the third of 13 children. He worked in turpentine the majority of his life for Charles Dukes and held various other jobs. He joined the United States Army in 1951 and received an honorable discharge in 1953. He was a member of the original Taylor Singers of Hoboken. He received his ministerial license in 1983 and was the pastor of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church in 1991 for one year, and was a faithful continual member of Piney Grove Freewill Church until his health failed. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and his church.

He met and married Vergie Lee Greggs and to this union no children were born. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were brothers and sisters, Jack Taylor, Junior Taylor, Virgie Ree Pugh and Joe Lewis Taylor.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

ADS-1002-01c: C.J. Taylor, July 14, 2002

 File — Series 1: Series Series 1, Box: 1, Folder: 1
Collection number: Folder 1
Scope and Contents Group or Organization Name:NoneCounty of Residence:PierceOccupation:Retired US veteran, TurpentinerNotes:Occupational folklore, Tape-recorded interview with detailed index made at 833 Allen Ave., Blackshear, GA on 07/14/02. Part of Faces of the Piney Woods internship by Tim Prizer.Keywords:Turpentine, African American, Mayday, Echols, Faces of the Piney WoodsGenres (Controlled Vocabulary)Personal experience narrative, occupational...
Dates: July 14, 2002

CAS-1002.17 C.J. Taylor, July 14, 2002

 File — Box 1: Series Series 1, Folder: 43
Collection number: Folder 43
Scope and Contents Equipment Used:Timothy C. PrizerInformant Name:Timothy C. PrizerFieldworker:: Living room of the Taylor residence at 833 Allen Avenue, Blackshear, GAEngineer:Location:Content Summary:Taylor is strong spoken most of the time, which makes for a nice recording. The sounds of Taylor's window air-conditioning unit and oscillating fan make for a constant, but not distractive, hum in the background.Notes:occupational...
Dates: July 14, 2002

DAT-1002.03 Taylor Brothers interview, September 12, 1999

 File — Box 2: Series Series 1, Folder: 3
Collection number: Folder 3
Scope and Contents id: DAT-1002.03item_title: Taylor Brothers interviewcall_number: PRJ-1002project_title:equipment_used:informant_name: "Clarence Taylor, Willie B. Taylor, C.J. Taylor,"fieldworker: Laurie Kay Sommersrecording_engineer: Laurie Kay Sommersdate: 12-Sep-99recording_location: "Blackshear, home of Junior Taylor"content_summary: Interview at home of Junior Taylor regarding the...
Dates: September 12, 1999

Interview with C.J. Taylor, July 14, 2002

 File — Bag \folklife\prj1014\: Series PRJ1014, Folder: 059_taylor-cj
Collection number: PRJ1014-059
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with C.J. Taylor, July 14, 2002. Blackshear (Ga.). Fieldworker: Timothy C. Prizer. Audio file digitized from cassette tape. Part of the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.The contents are an occupational folklife analysis on C.J. Taylor’s life living and working in numerous turpentine camps. The interview focuses on several aspects of life in the camp, predominately on the sometimes harsh...
Dates: July 14, 2002

Interview with the Taylor Brothers, September 12, 1999

 File — Bag \folklife\prj1014\: Series PRJ1014, Folder: 067_taylor-brothers
Collection number: PRJ1014-067
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with the Taylor Brothers: Clarence Taylor, CJ Taylor, Willie Taylor and Junior Taylor, September 12, 1999. Blackshear (Ga.). Fieldworker: Laurie Sommers. Audio file digitized from DAT tape(s). Part of the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.Interview with the Taylor Brothers, home of Junior Taylor 9-12-99. Originally taped for the Okefenokee Music Survey, on Junior Taylor’s front porch, various...
Dates: September 12, 1999