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Rahson Amir Taylor
Rahson A. Taylor passed away on Sunday December 15, 2019 at home in Bonaire, GA surrounded around family.
Rahson Amir Taylor was born on July 12, 1985, in Pottstown, PA to Thaddeuse Taylor and Sharon Warren. The oldest of three children, the family relocated to Chesapeake Beach, VA in 1993 where Ray (as he was affectionately known) attended Indian Lakes Elementary School. From an early age, Ray excelled in academics and sports. In 1998, he was named Brandon Middle School City Wrestling Champion a remarkable feat for a contender at just 77lbs. Ray wrestled competitively throughout his time at Salem High School, reaching the Regional Semifinals in 2003. He also started as cornerback on the Salem High School Championship Football team.
In 2003, Rahson began his studies at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he embarked upon a degree in Computer Information Systems while enrolling in Air Force ROTC. Outside of the classroom, Rahson would regularly quote his favorite rappers and freestyle his own raps “repping” his 757 area code. After graduating from Howard University in 2007 with a BS, Rahson entered the Air Force and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where he earned an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake. There, Rahson met the love of his life, Erika Stevenson. Following an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2010, Rahson returned to the States in 2011 and was stationed in Laurel, MD along with Erika and Diamond, her daughter,who Rahson helped to raise and loved as his own.
Rahson and Erika married on December 4, 2013, and welcomed their son, Jasiah, on December 26, 2013. Rahson and Erika loved being together. They enjoyed date nights, traveling, and spending time cheering on Jasiah and Diamond at extracurricular activities. Rahson was a great husband and father. Rahson quickly rose up the military ranks being promoted to Captain in 2011 and to Major in 2017. Rahson’s final Area of Responsibility included Command Control, Communications and Computers, Combatant Commanders, Full Motion Video, Humanitarian Relief Operations and Assistance/Disaster Recovery, Rapid Access Package, Search and Rescue, Tactics Techniques and Procedures, and the US Navy. Rahson was named Officer of the Year in 2017.
A devout Christian, Rahson leaned on his strong faith and loved ones for support as he relentlessly battled a rare form of kidney cancer for two years, all the while using his story as a testimony to inspire others. He passionately loved his family and friends. He was known for sharing advice and listening without judgment. He enjoyed every family gathering, giving him the opportunity to eat Grandma’s biscuits, check up on his cousins, and make jokes with his siblings. On the evening of December 15, 2019, Rahson peacefully transitioned to eternal life
at home surrounded by family. He will be remembered for his caring nature, positive outlook and witty sense of humor.
Rahson leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Erika Jermaine Taylor, his daughter, Diamond Chanell Stevenson, his son, Jasiah Amir Taylor all of Bonaire, GA; devoted parents, Thaddeuse and Sharon Elaine Taylor of Virginia Beach, VA; protective brother, Andraas (Ciera) Jamaal Taylor of Virginia Beach, VA; adoring sister, Latasha Kiana Taylor of Richmond, VA; warmhearted great-grandmother, Rosa Lee Early of Forks Township, PA; kindhearted grandmother, Mary Virginia Jackson of Pottstown, PA; doting grandparents, Adolph and Estelle Taylor of Forks Township, PA; dedicated mother-in-law Sylvia Guillory; and nieces, nephews, a God-child, and hosts of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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I have known Rahson since elementary school. I can still remember, like it was yesterday, when he came over to my house to watch WWF on pay per view!! He was one grade ahead of me and I always looked up to him like a big brother. We were on the same basketball team and he was the reason I started wrestling in middle school. The year he won the city championship wrestling at 77lbs I was his teammate wrestling at 71lbs. He taught me everything about the sport! Rahson was infamous on the Brandon middle school wrestling team. He was the only wrestler to wear blue and yellow socks to match his blue and yellow wrestling singlet. The year after he graduated middle school I went out and bought the same socks so I could be just like him. I attribute a lot of my wrestling success to Rahson. I always looked up to him because of his character (Rahson always had swag!) and because he was short, like me, but he never let that stop him from playing sports whether it was basketball, wrestling or football. Rahson I love you bruh! You will truly be missed. My condolences to the Taylor Family.
Robert Douglass Dec 23 2019 12:00 AM
I have so many fond memories of my buddy Rahson. Me and Rahson met at Howard. I initially saw him
at the Shaw-Howard metro and would later bump into him at the Annex cafeteria whered hes end up sitting next to me.
We became instants friends. I came to know that his name was actually that of his mothers spelled backwards, that he loved basketball but the height gene missed him and hit his little brother, that he had a little sister he adored, and that his parents were a shining example of what he wanted for himself someday. I also knew that he had a pretty nice flow and was way more humble about his rapping skillz than I thought he should be.
Even more impressive than his rapping ability was his ability to be a genuine friend. He was loyal and Ray-Tru.
I hadnt seen Rahson in years but I was lucky enough to chat with him on Facebook after he broke the news of his battle. He told me that my crazy stories I post made him laugh and I told him to keep up the fight b/c he was inspiring so many with his strength and resilience. Rahson definitely kept up the fight and although Im saddened that he isnt walking with us in the flesh, I know hes flying high in a much better place!
Rest Easy Rahson
Alexis Dec 22 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Rahson Taylor
Stephanie Jordan Dec 21 2019 12:00 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Ray at Howard University. We majored together and had class together. The last time I had the chance to see Ray was randomly in a Walmart in San Antonio. It was all love and hugs seeing each other in a place neither thought to see the other. He was a good man. Through and through.
Julius S. Dec 21 2019 12:00 AM
Dearest Erika, Diamond, Jasiah, Thad, Sharon and the entire Taylor Family, Please know that Hector and I are praying for you and the entire family. Ray had become a part of our daily lives through prayer and conversation. He left a lifelong impression on our family. Rahson was young in age but he left a strong legacy. His faith, courage, strength, love, kindness and relentless fight has given him a special place with God Almighty and I am forever grateful for having the opportunity to have been in Ray's presence. He ran a good race and Victory is his! And I still say, Ray lives because he will forever live in the heart of those he has touched..... me included. Hold on to God and don't let go. Love you all. - Hector and Cassandra Foy.
Hector and Cassandra Foy Dec 21 2019 12:00 AM
Rest In Peace Ray Real Good Man Always Was Kind And Humble Salem c/o 2002
Jason Cason Dec 20 2019 12:00 AM
Always enjoyed seeing his smiling face when he brought Jasiah to see me. Today we were doing categories and we were talking about moon and sun and I asked what else was in the sky. He replied. Daddy bc hes with Jesus. No better place to be but we on earth will miss him!!! Hugs and prayers to the family
Heather Davis Dec 18 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Rahson Taylor
Heather Davis Dec 18 2019 12:00 AM
Capt Taylor, our 707 Communications Squadron Thunder Warrior, I feel so blessed to have been able to cross paths with you - Your smile and ability to keep our team focused when the proverbial you know what was hitting the fan was second to none. I know you gave HLRCC the fight of a lifetime and now your watch has been relieved.
Sleep well our Wingman, Leader, Warrior and friend - CMSgt Tom Snead
Tom Snead Dec 18 2019 12:00 AM
Rest easy old friend!!!!
Kelli Reid Dec 17 2019 12:00 AM