June 4, 1984 ~ November 14, 2018
A TIME TO BE BORN - Anthony DeWayne Taylor was born on June 4, 1984 in Los Angeles, California.
A TIME TO LEARN - During his early development, he studied the Bible during Sabbath School at University SDA Church. It was his custom to recite his Sabbath School memory verses each Sabbath for Rev. Ethel Maycock. His educational career included stops at Lewis Metropolitan CME Church School, Western Avenue Elementary, and Rogers Middle School. He followed in the footsteps of his aunts and uncles and attended Los Angeles Adventist Academy. His grandfather, Robert Donald Taylor Sr., helped to build the school which was formerly Los Angeles Academy and Los Angeles Union Seventh Day Adventist School. Three generations of his family attended this school. His mother, Sheila and grandmother, the late Dollora Virginia Taylor, followed the scriptural admonition that all the children shall be taught of the Lord. He continued his education at Gardena High School, Westwood College, and Torrance Adult School.
A TIME TO LOVE - Anthony was instilled with a love for traveling as early as 3-years of age when he began cruising with his grandmother Taylor. Picture him aboard ship with his red cummerbund and black tuxedo as he dined at the Captain’s table. The crown prince of the “King’s Daughters,” and the Scenic Travel Club. His ports included the Panama Canal as well as the Dominican Republic. There were countless road trips both near and far. Anthony loved dogs. He had pets from his earliest days. It became a hobby and as he matured it became almost an obsession.
A TIME TO WORK - He was just a child when he started to learn the family business and the technology of the relocation industry. His work history includes Robert Taylor Furniture and Western Star Moving and Storage where he worked for a variety of celebrities and other clients. He later worked in IT for Paul Devrille, Lockheed Martin, and Panasonic. Most recently, he was a Computer Analyst for Electric Red H20. He began training dogs with Checkmate Dog Sport and then founded his own company, Attaboy K9. He trained dogs in categories of protection, obedience, performance and show. He was an expert at his craft. When you love something as much as he did, dog training was no longer work, but a ‘SPORT’ and a true delight. Picture the joy on his face as a boy, as he played with Flash and Girlfriend (his samoyeds). His love and passion for dogs led him to raise and train Ronin and Spartacus (his shepherds) as an adult.
A TIME TO SERVE - During his youth, Anthony was very involved in the Slauson Western Youth Enrichment Program where he fed the homeless along with a variety of other activities. He could often be found supporting Operation Nice Day in which he helped to clean up the community as well as to bring attention to various social issues and concerns. He volunteered and supported his aunt, Virginia Taylor Hughes with her annual African-American History Parade. He worked with the annual turkey giveaways during the holidays.
A TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - Anthony went from labor to rest on November 14, 2018. He is survived by his mother, Sheila Evelyn Taylor and his brother Isaiah Ali Spears. He has numerous relatives including aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors and coworkers from both his computer work and his dog training enterprise. We will long remember his zest for life and his love of family and dogs.
To every thing there is a season...
...a time to be born and a time to die...
...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance...
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