Mrs. Margaret Sanford Taylor went to external rest on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at her home in Shelby, North Carolina. She was born on April 27, 1929 in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Annie Mae Jenkins and the late Jeff Sanford.
Margaret attended school at the Old Palmer Grove School House back in 1937, where she completed the 9th grade. She was a faithful member of Palmer Grove Baptist Church up until her health started to decline. She served on the PGBC Adult Choir, the Missionary Board, and Culinary Team. She was also a Sunday School Teacher. Margaret was the oldest living member of Palmer Grove Baptist Church.
Margaret was known as Mother Taylor to so many. She never met a stranger! She felt comfortable talking to any and everyone about the Goodness of Jesus and He was the head of her life. No matter where she was or who she would be around, she constantly told them about the Lord! She lived her life trying to please God. Before loosing her sight, she loved reading her Bible. She also loved to sing and could sing. Some of her favorites songs were: When the Battle of Life is Over, Let Your Light Shine, and Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross just to name a few. In her younger years, she loved playing softball and could really hit a home run. She also love playing Bingo at church functions and with her family at home. She enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends, cooking, and watching her favorite TV game shows: The Price Is Right, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. Margaret had a hearty laugh and a strong hug. When she hugged you, you knew you had been hugged! She always believed in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. She loved her family whole heartedly. She was also known for a few of her famous quotes; “That’s the truth from here to Heaven,” “My Lord from Zion” and “ If the Lord said it, I ain’t got no better sense than to believe it.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) Taylor, a daughter; Eva Mae Sanford Walton, three sons; Timothy L. Sanford, Nathanial Sanford, David Sanford, one sister; Sarah Scott, two brothers; Jessie T. Sandford, Eli Thomas, two sisters-in-law; Tan Miller Sanford, Shirley Miller Thomas, and a brother-in-law; Moses Scott.
Left to cherish fond memories of her are her daughters: JoeAnn Sanford Hartley (Henry) of the home, a step-daughter; Shirley Bridges of Shelby, NC, two grand- daughters raised as her own daughters; Marie M. Sanford of Jacksonville, FL, Lekisha D. Taylor Jones (Marquette) of Shelby, NC, six sons; Robert D. Taylor of Shelby, NC, James R. Taylor, Jr. (Tracy) of Greenville, SC, Elijah Sanford of Dallas, NC, Willie R. Sanford of Rochester, NY, Tommie L. Sanford of Gastonia, NC, Willie J. Sanford (Sarah) of Shelby, NC, two sisters; Lillie R. Sanford Clark of Shelby, NC, Inez Russell of Rochester, NY, forty two grandchildren, seventy five great-grandchildren; thirty two great-great-grandchildren, five special friends; Ms. Camilla Norris, Ms. Annie Boykins, Ms. Roseneil Lawrence, Ms. Pearl Moon, Ms. Hattie Hall whom she loved dearly and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other friends.