Winston Salem, NC (July 17, 2018) — Singing News has learned of the passing of long-time JOY-FM employee Wanda Taylor on July 17, 2018. The following is from the JOY-FM website:
Wanda Taylor, beloved member of the Joy FM family, is now home with Jesus. For more than 21 years−since Day 1−Wanda has been a part of Joy FM. Her warm smile and friendly voice has helped so many through this Christian life.
Words of Scripture provide comfort to us all:
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
The staff of Joy FM requests your prayers for Wanda’s family during the days ahead.
Wanda Taylor−home with Jesus on July 17, 2018.
About Our Friend…
Wanda Norman Taylor was born August 22, 1951, to the late Rev. Warren David Norman and Stella Rachels Norman. This little lady born in Elkin, North Carolina, is an artist through and through, having marketed her own artwork most of her life. Her art includes painting, drawings, and prints, which have hung in more than thirteen states.
Through the years, Wanda has done a lot of different things – modeled, sold shoes, telephone solicited—yes, she is the one who would call during your dinner—waited tables and wrote ‘clean’ comedy for Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show” from her home. She was a television commercial spokesperson who worked with both Crystal Gayle and Frankie Avalon; she also co-hosted a children’s television show.
She was part of Positive Alternative Radio where she spread the Good News and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others around the world. She was a Southern Gospel staple on WSGH AM 1040 for seven years before joining a fledgling Joy FM in 1997. Wanda pursued her passion for radio ministry for 27 years and became an adored Christian broadcasting personality.
While at Joy FM, she served as a featured on-air personality and as an encourager to all who knew her. Other positions have included music director, business partner representative, donor relations representative, and development manager. She has won “Favorite Southern Gospel DJ”—an NQC fan award for which she was nominated multiple times—and has also won the “Golden Mic Award.” She was a co-host with Rod Davis for the annual Arthritis Foundation Telethon on TV-45 and TV-48 for several years.
Wanda is a member of Enon Baptist Church where she has served faithfully through the years as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Norman. Surviving are her devoted husband, Richard “Steve” Taylor; her loving children, Tia Stephanie Taylor, Jacob Richard (Amy) Taylor, Sara Virginia Willard, George Stephen Taylor; grandchildren, Brady Williard, Noel Williard, Levi Taylor, Case Taylor, Jesse Willard, Mayle Willard, Carlin Willard, Sarah Coleman; two great-grandsons, Clark Coleman; two brothers, David (Janice) Norman, Dean (Debbie) Norman; a sister-in-law, Jackie Norman; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Enon Baptist Church or Joy FM.