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Jeremiah ‘Frank’ Taylor

Jeremiah ‘Frank’ Taylor was born April 13, 1923 to King David Taylor and Annie Lou Redd. He was the youngest of three children, having one brother (King David) and one sister (Ozella), who raised him due to their mother’s untimely passing. Both siblings preceded him in death. Frank was born and raised in Detroit and educated in the Detroit Public School system. Following his graduation from Northwestern High School, he was drafted into the United States Army. After leaving the Army, with an honorary discharge, he developed a love for music, teaching himself to play a number of instruments, which included saxophone, trumpet, flute, piano and guitar. The saxophone was his favorite.

Frank became well known as an extraordinary saxophone player and was sought after by many bandleaders in the metro Detroit area. He was a member of a number of popular local bands such as Emmet Sleigh and the Sleigh Riders, The Paul Bascom Band, The TJ Fowler Band and George Martin and the Cruisers, which he remained a member of until he took ill. Not only was he a great saxophone player, he also had an angelic voice. He was so talented, Frank was asked to open for Harry Belafonte at the Alhambra nightclub in Cleveland.

While performing with Emmet Sleigh and the Sleigh Riders he met a beautiful young woman named Mae Rose Hale. It was love at first sight. They were married in 1951 and remained married until his transition, October 28, 2011. To this union were born two daughters, Cynthia and Suzan.

Aside from being a fabulous musician, Frank was employed by Detroit Public Schools as a bath attendant. However, after the birth of his children he decided on a career change. With his brother’s help, he studied to become a boiler operator in the district. He served in this capacity until his retirement in the early 1990s.

Frank was as athletic as he was musically talented. He spent many days swimming at the YMCA, doing as many as 100 laps. In fact, as a young man during frequent visits to Idlewild, he would swim across the lake.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 60 years, Rose Taylor; his daughters Cynthia Odoms (Bobby) and Suzan Stanfield (Ray); three granddaughters, Erica Odoms, Erin Odoms and Skylar Stanfield; one grandson Jackson Stanfield, who affectionately refers to him as “Mr. Daddy;” and his favorite nephew Melvin Wooten, who refers to him as “his Hero.” He also leaves his nieces and nephews: Charlotte Watson (Charles); Mary Ethel Hollowan (Ennis); Dovie Washington; Geraldine Lash (Tim); Frank Wooten (Josie) and a host of other family and friends.

The Memorial Service for Jeremiah Frank Taylor was held November 3, 2011 at Mt. Hope Church, 202 S. Creyts Road in Lansing.

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