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Services for Vernon P. Taylor, 84, a retired grinder for Curtiss-Wright Corp., will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Bethel AME Church, 1525 Michigan Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Taylor, who was born in Lake City, Fla., died Monday (Jan. 18, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness.

He moved to Niagara Falls in 1942 and to Buffalo in 1949. He worked for Curtiss-Wright for 27 years until his retirement in 1979.

Taylor was known as "Little Giant" to friends and relatives because of his height of 5 feet 2 inches.

"But everyone thought of him as 6 feet tall," said his daughter, Jeanette Stewart.

She said "Little Giant" was an active and faithful member and trustee of Bethel Church since 1946. He also was a member of the Bethel AME Federal Credit Union.

He was a Mason and a life member of the NAACP. He also was a member of the Curtiss-Wright Retirees.

Taylor enjoyed traveling and had visited all the states except Alaska. He visited Africa at least three times, including a trip to Egypt.

His wife of 50 years, Cora Mae Robinson Taylor, died in 1997.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by three grandchildren.

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