Laverne Taylor Russell (Von), was born May 26, 1949 in Hallandale, Florida to the late James H. Taylor and Geraldine McCoy Taylor.
Laverne first accepted Christ at an early age at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hallandale Florida. She was married to the late Earnest Russell March 7, 1976 and united with Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Laverne received her education in Hallandale, Florida; Banning, California and Bullock County, AL. She furthered studied at Southern Vocational College in Tuskegee, AL.
She served as head teacher with The OCAP Head Start in Midway and Union Springs, AL, serving for more than 20 years.
She ended her career with the Bullock County Board of Education as a Teacher’s Aide and Substitute Teacher from 1999 – 2015.
Laverne touched the lives of many people. She was a humanitarian in every sense of the word, always assisting anyone, and especially her elderly friends in any way that she could.
In addition to her parents and husband, Laverne was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elester and Emmer Taylor and Ezekiel and Hattie B. McCoy.
She departed this life on June 17, 2019 in Jackson Hospital and Clinic Inc in Montgomery, Alabama.
She leaves to cherish her memories, Mother, Mary Taylor, Banning, CA; three sisters, Theresa Johnson, Riverside CA; Sireyia Ratliff of Sacrament, CA; and Cherie Pearson (Markus) of Menifee, CA; two brothers, Alphonso Taylor of Hollywood, FL and James Taylor of Buena Park, CA; daughters, Sandra (Aurora) Thomas, Eufaula, AL; Tracye Woods and Towanda Biggers, Union Springs, AL; Shannon Ates, Montgomery AL and Arnita (Denzel) Reese, Dothan, AL; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; Aunts, Guelma Townsend and Mahalia (Joseph) Walker, both of Bronx, NY; Dianne (Arron) Jacobs, Jacksonville, FL; other aunts and uncles, sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law, a host of nieces and nephews, several loving and devoted sister-cousins, caring special friends, and a host of other loving cousins, relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, June 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Union Springs, Alabama; funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 3431 Lee Loop Road, Union Springs, Alabama; burial will follow at the Church Cemetery; under the direction of the caring staffs of Scott’s Chapel Hill Mortuary “Because We Care”.