Gabriel Linwood Taliaferro
"A Kind and Gentle Man"
1925 - 2013
Following a brief illness, Gabriel Linwood Taliaferro passed away while in excellent hospice care at his residence, 2705 Concord Turnpike, Lynchburg, VA on November 13, 2013. He was the fourth of ten children born to the late Griselda Williams Taliaferro and Gabriel E. Taliaferro on December 7, 1925. At a young age he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and was baptized at Rivermont Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend E.J. Henderson.
Gabriel was predeceased by his first wife, Clara H. Taliaferro, his youngest son Richard, three brothers; Marvin, Dexter, Donald and one sister, Barbara.
Gabriel is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline H. Early Taliaferro; two sons, Linwood Taliaferro (Sanjanette) of Raleigh, NC and Marvin Taliaferro (Lorraine) of Pittsburgh, PA; six grandchildren, Linwood Taliaferro, Jr., of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Rasheeda Monroe (Kevin) of Cary, NC, Jameel, Tariq, Aaliyah and Rashad Taliaferro of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also survived by two great grandsons, Marcus and Derrick Monroe of Cary, NC; three sisters, Jean and Lydia Taliaferro and Katherine Taliaferro Wood; two brothers, Clay Taliaferro of Lynchburg and Waverly Taliaferro (Millie) of New York City; one niece, Karen Morelli (Dominic) of Queens, NY; a brother-in-law, John Hamler, III; sister-in-law, Louise Jackson; a devoted cousin, L.H. Franklin and numerous other friends and relatives.
Believing in social justice, Gabriel was a life member of the NAACP. He was also a member of the 23rd Masonic District Prince Hall Masons, Inc. On June 18, 2005 he was presented a certificate for his outstanding service by the Star of the West Lodge #24.
After graduating third in his class from Dunbar High School, in the class of 1943, Gabriel was drafted into the Army Branch of the United States Military, where he served two years during World War II.
After his military tenure, Gabriel continued to "chase his dreams" by applying for admittance to Duquesne University's School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating in the class of 1950.
Having received state certification in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia, Gabriel Taliaferro served the public for over fifty years "filling prescriptions" while affectionately being called "Doc" by his customers. After retiring, he was a regular volunteer at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Inc. and in 1997 was awarded its highest award, The Karen Goodwin Volunteering Excellence Award, in recognition of steadfast service and extraordinary dedication to the patients and to the Mission of the Free Clinic.
The family is deeply and sincerely grateful for the many comforting messages and innumerable kindnesses extended during our period of bereavement.
Friends may visit the family at the residence, 2705 Concord Turnpike, at 1200 Krise Circle and at Pleasant Valley Baptist church one hour before the service.
A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Carlton Jackson, Jr., officiating. Military Rites will be provided by American Legion Post 16. Family and friends will assemble at the church. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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