Pastor Delmas Lindon Taylor, who was the longest active serving pastor in Livingston Parish, passed away to his heavenly home on Aug. 18, 2016. He was 78 years old. Brother Taylor surrendered to the ministry as a young man and dedicated his life to supporting missions and pastoring in his home community. He first began serving as a pastor in 1962, and over his 56 years of ministry, founded Satsuma Pentecostal Church, Colyell Pentecostal Church, and Unity Prayer Center, where he was actively serving as senior pastor and administrator. He was a member of the International Ministerial Association and a founding member of Worldwide Missionary Evangelism, which supported missionaries throughout the world. He often stated that his Godly calling was akin to that of author and minister Robert Fuller–to send and support those called of God to go to the mission field–while he fervently worked and served at home. He lived according to his favorite Bible passage, Titus 2:11–14, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Brother Taylor was also inspired by his favorite song, "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand." In addition to his full-time work in the ministry, Rev. Taylor recently retired from 20 years of service as the Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters. Even in that capacity, he served as pastor and counselor to numerous parish employees and residents. Bro. Taylor was a native of Colyell, and a current resident of Livingston. He is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 59 years, Sharon Grantham Taylor of Livingston. Their children and grandchildren include Bryan and Wendy Taylor of Livingston, along with sons Joshua, Dylan, and Noah; Jeffrey and Delia Taylor of Denham Springs, along with children Zachary and Caroline; and the late Allison Rene Willie, her spouse Sherman Willie, and their children Britton, Tristan, and Taylor Willie Roddy and spouse Ross Roddy of Livingston. Brother and Sister Taylor raised his brother, the Rev. Valdon Taylor, from the age of 16 as a son. His family includes spouse Becky Taylor and their children: Jonathan and spouse Kelly Taylor, with their sons Parker, Corban, and Maddox; Valerie, Bethany, and Hannah; and their adopted children, Dennis, Darrenisha and Darralynn. Brother Taylor was born Sept. 27, 1937, to the late Shelby and Russia Wheat Taylor of Colyell. He was the oldest of nine children and enjoyed numerous nieces and nephews. His siblings include Hulon Taylor of Colyell; Althea Kinchen of Denham Springs, Jack Taylor of Colyell; Hollis Taylor of Colyell; Darrell Douglas Taylor of Walker; Dwana McKnight of Walker, Valdon Taylor of Livingston; and William Clarkston Taylor of Maurepas. His extended family included his in-laws, the late Herman and Wilma Grantham of Holden, and their children, the late Gloria Hughes and spouse Milton D. Hughes of Denham Springs, Buck and Jaqueline Grantham of Livingston, and Danny and Yvonne Grantham of Holden. He also enjoyed time with his hunting dog, Zip. Services for Brother Taylor were held at Unity Prayer Center on Sunday, Aug. 21, until service. Interment was in Gateway Gardens Memorial Park in Livingston. Pallbearers were his grandsons. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Unity Prayer Center Bible fund, to further spread God's Word throughout the world.
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