Taylor crowned queen at Atlantic District Fair

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Staff report

Mary Frances Taylor, of Suffolk, was recently crowned as Ms. H.M. White Bus Service at the Atlantic District Fair on Senior Power Day.

Frances was escorted by her husband William &uot;Bud&uot; Taylor. The couple share four children, Frances Jean, Shirley, Frankie and Antwone. The Taylors were always advocates for youth. Their home quickly became the meeting place for girls living in the Saratoga Place Community.

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In June 1960, Frances saw the need for the community to have some kind of activity for the girls of Saratoga Place, so she organized the first and only Teenage Social and Savings Club in the community. The club had approximately 12 to 15 girls participating in meetings every Saturday afternoon. Topics on religious and social values along with delicious treats were always enjoyed by all. Plans made to sponsor dances, talent shows, beach trips and parade participation proved fun and educational for the girls. Each year the club looks forward to two special months of the year, December, when Frances would go to the National Bank and withdraw their savings for Christmas shopping; and June,

the start of the summer fun season. Frances has always believed in putting church first and fun last.

For the entire existence of the

Teenage Social and Savings Club, the organization has

always used H.M. White Bus Service to transport them to their activities. Herman White, bus service president, worked faithfully with Frances and was always available when she needed him. To this day, some of the members, who are now adults,

remember Frances Taylor and Herman White as the people that helped them have fun, and the two people their parents trusted them with.

Before an audience of her peers last month, Frances was presented a banner and white football mums with blue and white ribbon, both presented to her by Sylvia Manley. White crowned Taylor.

Taylor reigned supreme over the festivities of the day as she was honored by a crowd of more than 600 senior participants while being entertained by talented &uot;Jazz Great&uot; George Taswell of Detroit, Michigan and &uot;Mr. CIAA,&uot; Abraham Mitchell of Suffolk.