Clotiel Taylor was born September 10, 1929 to the late Sallie Allen Taylor and King Malone in Arcadia, Louisiana. At the age of 89, Clotiel received her heavenly reward and was called home to be with the Lord on June 21, 2019.
Clotiel sat on the mourner’s bench at the age of eight and accepted Christ while in her youth. Clotiel enjoyed several years as a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Arcadia, Louisiana. Clotiel spoke highly of her family church and raved about the spiritual singing and preaching.
Clotiel moved to Kansas City, Missouri, along with her husband Willie Taylor Jr. and oldest daughter Gloria in 1949. To the 39 year union, 7 children were born: Gloria, Eddie, Dorothy, Beverly, Cynthia, Gary, and Tanya. Clotiel’s family was everything to her. She had a strong bond with her sisters.
Clotiel was serious about her relationship with Christ. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church for 32 years under the late Rev. Isaiah Henderson, Jr. and Rev. Clifford McLain. On May 22, 1989 Clotiel felt compelled to join other members of her family at Palestine Missionary Baptist Church under the late Rev. Earl Abel. Clotiel was a member of the Senior Choir and Mixed Adult #3 Sunday School Class.
Clotiel was employed by Research Medical Center part-time for four years and worked nights full-time for an additional 20 years until she retired. She wore a pristine white uniform and polished white shoes with hosiery every day to work. Particular about presentation, Clotiel took great pride in having an orderly house, vibrant plants and flowers, and a clean car. Clotiel loved crocheting and was a skilled seamstress. She was a sports fan and could be heard yelling from any part of the house when the game was on. This was not the time to engage in small talk on the telephone. Among her favorites included baseball, basketball, and football. And to the credit of her southern roots, Clotiel was an excellent cook. Clotiel’s kitchen was always open to anyone who stopped by.
Clotiel is preceded in death by her husband and their son Gary Taylor, mother, father, brother Moses Malone, sisters Addie Bell Jones, Tiny Beatrice Moore, Mae Lizzie Rolling, Martha Lee Sims, Viola Harris, Annie B. Dennis, and Freddie Mae Allen, and son-in-law Willie Harper.
To cherish her memory and carry on her legacy, Clotiel leaves her son Eddie C. Taylor, daughters Gloria Harper, Dorothy Mae Perry (Edward J. Perry Jr.), Beverly Taylor, Cynthia Love (William O. Love II), and Tanya Taylor. Her grandchildren Byron Harper, Crystal Harper, Kimberly Harper, LaShaunda Taylor, Aretha Hardrick (William Z. Hardrick Jr.), Sheri Taylor, Raphael Love, William O. Love III, LaCondria Burley, Edward J. Perry III, and Demitria Taylor. Her great-grandchildren Derrisha Wilson, Kymbria Harper, Jeremiah Love, Tristan Rochester, Skylar Rochester, Darrius Farley, William Zell Hardrick III, and Xavier Farley. Her sister Ruth Woods of California and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends of the 36th Street block club.