Van Taylor
Thursday
28
April

Visitation at Main Service

9:30 am - 11:15 am
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Asbury United Methodist Church
1215 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Thursday
28
April

Funeral Service

11:30 am
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Asbury United Methodist Church
1215 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Thursday
28
April

Final Resting Place

2:00 pm
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Atlantic City Cemetery
New Road & Washington Avenue
Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Van Price Taylor

Van was born on June 25, 1933, in Atlantic City, NJ, and transitioned after a brief illness, on April 19, 2022, while undergoing rehabilitation at ExcelCare in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Van was affectionately referred to as Zeke, Sonny, and Pop Pop Van. Van was an only child, born and raised in Atlantic City, and was a graduate of Atlantic City High School. Because he was an only child, Van's in-laws and cousins were just like his siblings. He attended Lincoln University, where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi, and graduated from Upsala College. He was an outstanding basketball player in high school and college. He married the love of his life, Carolyn, on October 24th, 1954. Of his many jobs, Van was a high school teacher in Newark, NJ, and a counselor at John Brooks Recovery Center (formerly NARCO), where he touched the lives of many young men and women on the road to sobriety. Van retired from VisionQuest Inc. after 34 years of employment, where he held various positions - counselor, program coordinator, program director, and district manager. He enjoyed participating in the VisionQuest Wagon Train and Buffalo Soldiers events. Van had a special way with children and adults and was a surrogate father and mentor to many. He was the unofficial councilman of the 3rd ward. Van joined Asbury United Methodist Church as a youth and resumed his membership when he returned to the area after retirement. He was a member of the United Methodist Men, the Jazz Vespers Committee, and the Feed the Hungry Committee. He loved music of all kinds, especially jazz and blues. He was an avid sports fan, and he had a special place in his heart for the Las Vegas Raiders. He also enjoyed playing a competitive game of pool. He was an active member of the Golden Circle. He and his wife loved to travel and visited many islands in the Caribbean. They especially loved to attend the Jazz Festival in Aruba. Van was predeceased by: his parents, Claude Taylor and Myrtle Price-Braithwaite; sister-in-law Rosalind Anderson; brother-in-law Robert Anderson; and special cousin Warren Tolson. He is survived by: his beloved wife Carolyn (née Anderson); daughters, Kim Callender (Lorenzo) of Roselle, NJ, Vanita Taylor-Owens (John) of Silver Spring, MD; sons, Christopher Fitch (Terrie) of Chesapeake, VA, and Van Jr. "Tink" of San Francisco, CA. Twelve grandchildren: Mikel Callender, Jovan Callender (Bianca), Andre Callender (Yasmyn), Cameron Fitch, Sherrie Fitch, Christopher Fitch, Edmund Fitch, Isaiah Van Taylor Fitch, Jasmine Fitch, Veronica Fitch, Aleta Taylor-Owens, Omar Owens (Marie); and twelve great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Clinton Anderson; sisters-in-law, Brenda Percy (Daniel), and Gail Anderson; special friend, Barbara Bowe; Goddaughter, Tauheedah Munir; and a host of loving friends, relatives, and adopted children, and his "Charlie's Angels" - his nieces, Stephanie, Tanay, Kellie, Danielle, Tamara, Shanda, and Elaine. Funeral services will be 11:30AM, Thursday, April 28, 2022, Asbury United Methodist Church, 1215 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 9:30AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville, New Jersey. Friends are invited to share in a repast after the interment at the All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City. Face masks are required. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes Inc, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com
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