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Robert Earl "Bear" Taylor was born in Augusta, Georgia on September 22, 1944, to the late Ida Taylor and Arnold Taylor, Sr. Robert departed this world on May 8, 2018 following a lengthy illness.

Robert was baptized at an early age at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He attended Richmond County public schools and graduated from Lucy C. Laney High School, Class of 1964, and then attended University of Maryland, Eastern Shore on an athletic scholarship. 

Robert was a star running back in high school and college. In 1968 he was the 8th round draft pick for the New York Jets. He thoroughly loved the sport and the joy that his playing brought to so many people. After leaving football, he established and ran a seafood business in Washington, D. C. He later worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the D.C. Department of Human Services from which he retired and returned to Augusta to live out the remainder of his life.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, with Reverend Dr. Clyde Hill, Sr., pastor-officiating. 

Robert is survived by a loving son, Kevin (Nancy)Taylor; granddaughter, Zoe Taylor, all of Columbia, Maryland; two brothers, Arnold (Ora) Taylor, Jr. of Conyers, Georgia and Claude (Bennie Ruth) Jones, of Augusta, Georgia; nieces and nephews, Melissa Hardy, Arnold Ricardo Taylor and Michael and Terrica Jones and Gregory Burch; and a host of other family and friends. 

W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706)722-6401.

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  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
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  • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
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