Mrs. Joyce C. Taylor is a Charleston native by way of Awendaw, South Carolina. She attended Immaculate Conception School and completed her high school education at Charles A. Brown High School in 1972. She furthered her education through numerous college and commuter courses.
Mrs. Taylor retired at the beginning of 2004 bearing the title of the First Combat Squadron Commander’s Executive Assistant from the Charleston Air Force Base, having been employed as a federal worker for 32 years.
Mrs. Taylor is a devoted member of the Greater Zion A.M.E, Church in Awendaw, SC where she joined the church and community in 1975. Since then, she has faithfully served on many boards and auxiliaries and is currently the Leader of Class #12, past President of the Eva White Missionary Society, Past Director of the GZAME Young Adult Mass Choir, past director for the Keith Gospelaires and is presently a liaison/director and chorister assisting with the music for the Voices of Zion Choir. She holds the position of Worship Director for the Palmetto Conference Missionary Society. Her love for music is reflected by the number of choirs she is affiliated with.
In the community, Mrs. Taylor visits the sick and volunteers to assist them with their personal needs. She is a volunteer with the Women In Rural Electrification (W.I.R.E.); a former member of the East Cooper Interdenominational Mass Choir, Charleston Actors Theatre Society where she performed in the Piccolo Spoleto plays, “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Bubbling Brown Sugar”. She furthered her acting career with ARTFORMS Theater Company and played the role of Mrs. Odessa in the Piccolo Spoleto play “Amen Corner”. Joyce is called upon quite frequently to MC programs because of her humorous and spirited demeanor. She is presently a chartered member and featured soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir, who has traveled to Germany, Czech Republic, Paris, Italy and other countries abroad spreading gospel music to the inhabitants and being given the honor to sing in their cathedrals. She is also a member of The Charleston Gospel Chorale and The Spiritually Yours Ensemble. Just recently, she joined the Lowcountry Voices, a newly formed gospel group based in North Charleston, SC.
Mrs. Taylor is affiliated as Conductress with Boaz Chapter #366, Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Professional Women of America. She is the owner of Taylor-Made Basquettes, Etc. designing gift baskets for special occasions. Lately, Mrs. Taylor has added Gullah presentations to her repertoire of talents. She has been honored by several church, civic and community organizations for her outstanding contribution to the Charleston area. With the help of God, she is presently in the process of cutting her first CD sometime towards the end of the year.
She loves the Lord wholeheartedly and is fully committed to working with and mentoring children, constantly seeking avenues for their advancement, encouraging them to “Seek Ye first, the kingdom of heaven and all other things will be added unto them because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”.
She is the eldest of eight children. Mrs. Taylor and her husband, Deputy Chief of Police Jerome Taylor are the proud parents of four daughters, and seven grandchildren.