Vernessa R. Taylor
, 51 years of age, a great humanitarian and true woman of God. On September 5, 2008 answered her call to heaven surrounded by her son and family praising God and giving him the glory for all the things he has done.
Vernessa Taylor was born December 8, 1956 to Leon Bassett and Josephine Smiley Roberts. She was the third child of three daughters and four sons. She graduated from Ball High class of 1975. She went on to start a career at UTMB. During her 25 years of service at UTMB, she worked for the Pharmacy, became a Licensed Vocational nurse, and Registered Respiratory Therapist Supervisor. In 1991 she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration, from UTMB. After her retirement in 2003 Vernessa Taylor went on to Le Tourneau University to receive her Master’s in Business administration in 2005.
Vernessa joined Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Galveston, Texas at an early age. As a child she attended Bible Training Union and was an active member of the youth department and the Sunday School pianist. As an adult she served any and everywhere there was a need -- becoming a Sunday School teacher, director of the Youth Department, church musician, church clerk, church secretary, and coordinating many events including Vacation Bible School and her personal favorite (Oktoberfest) where she organized community members in this effort toward outreach. She frequently took the church outside of its walls by tutoring children, mentoring young adults, and caring for seniors. She was a Nia Culture Center Freedom School Committee member, Nia Culture Center Girls Rights of Passage mentor and a member of Heroines of Jericho Treasure Island Court #353. She enjoyed her morning walks down Seawall Boulevard with her black Labrador (Nia) and gardening.
On December 15, 1984 she was joined in marriage with David Taylor. Jeremiah Nekite Taylor was born to that union on July 3, 1986.
This soft-spoken, warm- hearted soul was preceded in death by her mother Josephine Smiley Roberts. She leaves her most cherished memories and wisdom with her son Jeremiah “Rudy” Nekite Taylor; Father, Leon Bassett; Brothers, Rodney Roberts, Roger Roberts, Joshua Roberts, Joseph Roberts; Sisters, Velma Roberts Parish, Rosalyn Roberts Loftis; her loveable black lab Nia; Nieces, Jonoel Sheree Roberts- Ekunkunbor (Moma), Giovanni Giles Turner (Curtis), Roniesha N. Parish, Kenyatha Loftis, Amanda Roberts (Patrick), Shontae Roberts; Nephews, Roger Haynes, Joshua Roberts, Jr.; Grandnieces and nephews, Jason Roberts, JayLynn Roberts, Jada Roberts, Natalie Helm, Patrick Helm, Zavier Helm; Godchildren, Tameisha Glenn, Tarsharay Allen, Lauren Paul; and a host of devoted cousins and friends including Monica and William Dow.
Visitation for Vernessa will begin at 4PM on Monday September 15th, with family receiving guest from 7-8PM at E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary. A service celebrating her life will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 1:00 PM at Progressive Baptist Church with Pastor W. E. Stevens officiating. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 17th at 12 Noon in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Mt Enterprise, TX. There will be a bus available for those who which to travel and share with the family on Wednesday. It will depart at 7:30 A.M. from Progressive Baptist Church (909 40th St. Galveston,).