DeKalb County woman celebrates 100th birthday with surprise party at her church


A DeKalb County woman threw a surprise birthday party fit for a queen, complete with her own official proclamation.

Lillian Kemp Taylor, whose 100th birthday fell on May 5, 2022, was the center of a surprise celebration at her church, Beulah Missionary Baptist Church. A line of cars wrapped around the parking lot as people waited to visit him.

CEO Michael Thurmond marked the occasion by proclaiming Lillian Kemp Taylor Day in DeKalb County and Commissioner Larry Johnson read the proclamation.

“God is praiseworthy for many reasons, and Sister Taylor’s 100th birthday is certainly one of them,” Beulah senior pastor Jerry D. Black said in a press release.

Lillian Kemp Taylor 100th Birthday Celebration (Beulah Missionary Baptist Church)

She was married for over 40 years to Robert Lee Taylor. She moved to Decatur in 1987 and joined her church the following year.

Taylor has spent over 30 years working in admissions for healthcare facilities. Before that, she was busy running her family’s gas station while taking care of her family.

She loves her family: her daughter and son-in-law, Demetra and Khamaali Rowan, and her grandchildren, Lauren and Krysta. She has twin great-granddaughters, Rylee and Amirah, whom she babysits.

Taylor loves watching TV and her church’s Saturday night show.


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