IN LOVING MEMORY

Wilton Taylor

1945-2021

Wilton Taylor

 

Sunrise: September 9, 1945 - Sunset: November 9, 2021

 

 

Wilton George Olunfemi Taylor, the only child of Gladys Davies (Hero) and James Taylor, was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.  He attended primary school and his high school, the Sierra Leone Grammar School (SLGS) in Freetown. After high school, Wilton left for Europe and remained there until his arrival as a student in the U.S. in 1969. Shortly after his arrival in Washington DC, he met Joyce Hutchison, whom he later married.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1971, where he served as a Medical Corpsman. Among other awards, Wilton received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal during his service. He was stationed in West Germany with his bride, Joyce. After returning to the US, some years later, Joyce and Wilton had two daughters, Khadhyjatu and Madhyatu. Their marriage ended in divorce in the 1980s.  Wilton studied computers and worked at IBM. 


Wilton went on to start a life in Los Angeles, California where he met Gertrude Williamson.  The product of this union was one son, Erik.
Always ready for a good time, Wilton enjoyed stylish fashion, parties, good food and drink.  He was an avid tech connoisseur and was the go-to for anything computer related.  Ever the student, he received many awards and certificates.  He was also known to be an excellent cook, his groundnut soup an ever popular favorite.


In his later years, Wilton was a senior mentor for a Baltimore based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program for inner city youth and volunteered with the Americorps and AARP Experience Corp. He also lectured at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. He was a member of the American Legion and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.


Wilton peacefully passed from this life on November 9, 2021, at his home in Baltimore, MD. He is survived by his three children (Khadhyjatu, Madhyatu and Erik), six grandchildren (Sivanee, Milagros, Ehani, B’yond, Ritah, and Ajani), and many loving family and friends.  

Wilton's Ceremony

Thank you to Wilton's family and friends who joined his Celebration of Life on December 10, 2021.

 

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