Obituary of Rosa Taylor
Rosa Mae Sawyer was born on April 21, 1940 in Camden, NC to the late Johnnie and Lillie Mae Trotman-Sawyer. Rosa transitioned to be with the lord on November 30, 2017 at Southampton Hospital.
In the early years, Rosa attended Marian Anderson School in Belcross, NC. Upon graduation she moved to NY and met and married the love of her life, Richard Taylor Jr., on January 22, 1960. She was employed at the Bulova Watch Factory, in Sag Harbor, NY for many years. Following that she was employed with Southampton Hospital as a nursing assistant and remained there until retiring after more than 30 years of service. She loved people and was passionate about displaying her love and kindness to others. Rosa was an avid shopper and it reflected in her style.
During Rosa's adolescent years, she was a member of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Shiloh, NC. She later transferred her membership to Community Baptist Church of Southampton, NY (Rev. Raymond Lee). She was a faithful and enthusiastic choir member. Her enthusiasm for serving the Lord through song led her to join the Johnson Singers. Rosa sang with The Johnson Singers throughout the 60's and 70's and eventually recorded their first song as an accomplished Easy End gospel group. Rosa then became a member of First Baptist Church, Bridgehampton, NY (Rev. Henry Faison) until she moved to Newark, Delaware after her retirement. While in Delaware, she joined the Bridge Church (Pastor Shane Lankford). When returning back to Southampton in December 2012, she reinstated her membership to Community Baptist Church, Southampton, NY (Rev. Dr. Donald E. Butler).
In the 55 year union of Rosa and Richard was the blessing of three children which she leaves to cherish her memories, two sons: Welton Taylor (Southampton, NY) and Ricky Taylor (Andrea) Southampton, NY; one daughter: Everlette Taylor (Southampton, NY); Five grandchildren: Aaron Taylor (Patchogue, NY), Eboni Cowell (Brooklyn, NY), William Reddick (Southampton, NY), Madison Taylor (Southampton, NY) and Faith Taylor (Southampton, NY); ten siblings: Rev. William Sawyer (Martha) Camden, NC, Ervin Sawyer (Gloria) Raeford, NC, Curtis Sawyer (Miyoshi) Elizabeth City, NC, David Sawyer (Debra) Camden, NC, Lillie Williams (late-Julius Williams) Camden, NC, Jeanette Williams (Calvin) Piscataway, NJ, Verneice Riddick (Jeffrey) Raeford, NC, Patricia Spencer (Roscoe) Washington, NC, Myra Sawyer, Camden, NC; two sisters-in-law: Erma Saunders (Rev. Shirley Saunders) Coram, NY, Evelyn Taylor (late John Henry); one brother-in-law: Ernie Taylor (Coram, NY); three aunts: Katherine Spellman (Chesapeake, VA), Dorothy Sawyer (Camden, NC), Mary Trafton (Southampton, NY) and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.