A faithful and devoted
soldier of the Cross, Dr. Rev. Sidney Lanier Taylor, Jr., laying down his
battle's armor has received his eternal victory and everlasting reward
on Monday, January 25, 2016. Pastor Sid, 79, is the beloved husband
of Mary Sue Cameron Tanner-Taylor, and the widower of Karissa Joy "Kay"
Rev. Taylor was born the son of Sidney Lanier Taylor, Sr. and Mary Helen
Davis Taylor on March 2, 1936 in Charleston. He was a 1954 graduate
of Sidney Lanier High School and received a Business Degree in 1959 from
Auburn University. He was a former Sales Representative with Playtex
Industries and Ingall’s Ship Building. Rev. Taylor began his ministerial
journey as a Southern Baptist Minister on July 27, 1980 receiving Ministerial
Licenses followed by Ordination on January 19, 1983 through Emmanuel Baptist
Church, Ocean Springs, MS. As a “workman that needeth not to be ashamed,”
Pastor Sid was faithful and studious through the increasing of his knowledge
of God’s Word earning a Masters of Religious Education on July 25, 1986
and Doctor of Ministry from College of Lake Charles on June 11, 2004.
He was the founder of Justice Ministries – Prison Evangelism Outreach,
Inc. (a prison ministry reaching national and international prisons).
He was the author of the Justice Bible Study – a prison bible study which
has had over 1 million copies distributed nationally and internationally.
His pastoral ministry spanned several states including: in Mississippi-
Jackson County Adult Detention Center, Success Baptist Church, Temple Baptist
Church, Olivet Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Orange Grove, Biloxi
Jail Ministry; and in South Carolina, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Bloomingvale
Baptist Church, and Rose Hill Baptist Church.
On March 25, 2006, Sid and Mary Sue were united in Holy Matrimony joining
two homes into one family. Their home was blessed with five children,
Karissa Lynn “Krisie” (Steve) T. Brown, Melissa T. (Mike) Poulin; Sidney
Lanier “Trace” (Shannon) Taylor, III, Kara T. (Mike) VanDerHeyden, and
Norton J. (Samantha) Tanner; twelve grandchildren, Taylor, Leigh
(David) Seibert, Aimee, Sydney, Noah, Ben, Kate, Mary, Samuel, Dana, Ella,
He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife; a brother; a son, Perry
C. Tanner; and granddaughter, Chelsea Tanner.
A Home Going Celebration with Ministerial Recognition will be 2 PM, Friday,
January 29, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Interment will follow
in the church cemetery directed by the Hemingway Chapel of McKenzie Funeral
Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2016, in the church sanctuary.
Memorial may be made to the Justice Ministries, PO Box 3353, Pawleys Island,
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Taylor and Tanner families.