Benard Taylor was born December 7, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio to Emogene Taylor. Benard started his walk of faith at
Peace Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. D.H. Black. He matriculated through the Cleveland school
system in his early years and graduated from Glenville High School in 1986, Home of the Tarblooders, where he played
football for 3 years. After graduation, Benard attended Tiffin University in Ohio on a football scholarship.
After a couple of years in college, Nard, as he’s affectionally known by friends, entered in an apprenticeship for
plumbing. He completed the apprenticeship in 4 years and became a Union plumber. Benard had a big heart and
wanted to give back to the youth what he enjoyed, which was football. Nard was a football coach for the Glenville
Titans, where he helped to mold young men, mentor and encourage them to complete their education and pursue their
In 2009, Benard married his love, Stacie Taylor. They enjoyed 5 years together, then parted amicably and remained
friends through the years. Shortly thereafter, Nard was ready for a change. He left Cleveland, lived in Las Vegas for a
little while with his Glenville brother, Robert Newell and family, then decided to try the east coast in Maryland with his
other Glenville brother, Chris Jackson and family.
Benard was ambitious and tried his hand at various career fields in addition to plumbing. Soon after arriving in
Maryland, Nard established his own trucking business, which required him to travel across country making deliveries.
He took full advantage of his travels by sampling the best restaurants and foods. Nard loved to cook and was also a chef
in his own right, known for his unique and delicious dishes, which he truly enjoyed preparing for family and friends.
Nard became a part of the Jackson family. He often joined Chris, Tracy, Nya, and their parents James and Rose Williams
for Sunday dinners, game and/or fight nights, and holidays. Nard was truly loved by his Maryland family and would
always come with a notable bottle of wine or new tequila, homemade dish, or with all his ingredients ready to cook!
Eventually, Nard returned to his career field in plumbing and became a lead plumber at Sibley Memorial Hospital in
Washington, D.C. Nard was a dedicated member of the Sibley staff for 3 years.
Anyone who knew Nard also knew that he was a God-fearing man. Not long after arriving in Maryland, he began
attending Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, where Chris and his family are members. Benard enjoyed
attending the Men’s Fellowship picnics with Mr. Williams and discussing some of Pastor Coates spirit moving lessons
with him too. He looked forward to going to his church home every Sunday and missed it dearly during the pandemic.
He watched the services faithfully online, but was really looking forward to going back once things began to open back
up. Nard came to Maryland to prove to himself that he could succeed after starting over in life in an area that takes a lot
more to live. Nard thrived and flourished until his final days.
Benard was preceded in death by his mother Emogene Taylor, step-father Curtis Jackson, one uncle, Paul Taylor (Mary),
one Aunt, Jessie Taylor. He leaves to cherish his memory two Aunts, Ida B. Mitchell of Mobile, Alabama, Francis Wagner
of Cleveland, Ohio; four Great Aunts, Lillie Day of Bay Minette, Alabama; Betty and Augustine Washington of Cleveland,
Ohio; Kelly Washington of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; one Great Uncle, Andrew (Emma) Washington of Cleveland, Ohio;
Father Lester Stewart Sr. and brother Lester Stewart Jr. (Punchie) of Cleveland, Ohio and a host of cousins, family and Friends
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