“Precious in the sight of the lord is the death of his saints.” Ps. 116:15 

Evelyn McCaskill Taylor, aged 97 of the Penick Village in Southern Pines passed away peacefully on Monday the 8th of February 2021. 

A native of Mt. Gilead she was a daughter of the late Carol and Maggie Ussery Mask. A state employee, Evelyn was retired from the medical records office at McCain Hospital. She was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church in Aberdeen, where she had been the oldest living member. She endowed and oversaw the Samaritan’s Fund, providing support and relief to the greater Aberdeen community. 

Evelyn’s charm and joy for life was evident in all she did. She was a standing member and former president of both the Garden & Book Clubs in Aberdeen. A Sunday School teacher at First Baptist and a member of both the Chancel and Keen-ager Choirs she remained active in her church until 2019. Her interest in and promotion of education was of great importance to her. She served on both the Board of Trustees of Wingate University in Wingate, NC and the Board of Visitors at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. Her generosity of spirit and her wisdom were gifts to all who knew her. She was patron for the Green Mountain College choirs and endeared herself to them, often visiting and sharing in their life celebrations. Evelyn’s passion for travel and people took her throughout the United States and to South Africa. She showered those who knew her with care and charm. Her legacy is one of grace and truth.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her two husbands, Arnold McCaskill in 1982 and Jack Taylor in 1994, and her daughter Amanda Lawson in 2020.

She is survived by her son Alex McCaskill and wife Paula of Southern Pines; grandchildren Betsy Haskins, Lauren Young (Steven), Brian Tice (Jennifer), Scott Tice (Melissa); great grandchildren Tanner Alberty, Eden Young, Olivia Young, Alexis Greene (Tyler), Blake Tice (Peyton), Brett Tice (Kaylie), Reagan Tice, McKinley Tice, Ashley, Trey and Brantley Treadaway, Ethan Locklear, Jayden Lear and her dear friend Mark Parsons.

The funeral service will be at  2:00 p.m. on Sunday the 14th of February at Aberdeen First Baptist Church in Aberdeen, NC, the Rev. Daryl Cornett and Rev. Collette Bachand will be presiding.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Aberdeen First Baptist Church 

To leave a kind word of memory of Evelyn to the family condolences may be made at PinesFunerals.com

Powell Funeral Home is serving the Taylor family. 


Funeral Service: February 14, 2021 2:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Aberdeen
700 North Sandhills Blvd
Aberdeen, NC 28315


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  1. Lauren & Betsy, we are very sorry for all you have gone through losing your mom and now your grandmother, both within the past of couple months. Both were very sweet ladies and will be missed.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. I have so many wonderful memories of your mother, beginning when we were neighbors on Montford St and so many afterwards. She was such a special lady with the warmest smile and will be missed. Thinking of you Amanda, Alex and family

  3. Lauren – i know you cherish the special times you spent with your grandmother. Will be thinking of you as you adjust to this absence in your life. ♥️♥️♥️

  4. Alex , this is a note from Rita Leach Crowley related on your Father’s side. I was so sorry to hear about your precious Mom, your Dad was amazing also. Lifting your family up in prayers. I also lost my Mom
    Frances Leach 99 years young of Biscoe/Candor

  5. I have very special memories of visits with Evelyn, when we were neighbors living on Montford Street. She was such a sweet lady who I remember always smiling! Keeping Alex, Betsy and all the family in my prayers! 🙏🙏

  6. I never once saw or spoke to your mom when she didn’t have the sweetest smile. She always knew how to make you feel better if you were having a bad day, and always find the good in everyone. A very special lady with a big heart. My heart is heavy with her passing but I know she is smiling that sweet smile in heaven now♥️ Sending love and prayers to Alex, Paula and family for peace and strength during this time of loss 🙏

  7. Alex, we were so sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. She was a sweet lady and she will be missed by many. We were also sad to hear about your sister.
    You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  8. Alex, we were so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by many. It was also sad to hear about Amanda. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. My sincere condolences to you all! Evelyn was like a second mother to me in my early years with Amanda and Alex being my siblings by choice. I’m grateful for having known Evelyn and Amanda for many years and deeply saddened by their deaths, as I just found out about Amanda. Evelyn was always the calmest and most reasonable person, plus she was innately sweet and will surely be missed by many! Many prayers for strength and healing as you mourn this profound loss, as she was one of a kind!

  10. Ms. Evelyn was a cherished member of the GMChoir community and will be deeply and sorely missed. Her smile always lifted our days and her warm hugs made you feel so much love. Thank you for sharing her with us and we are all keeping you lifted up in love and prayer.

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