Rev. James E. Gaylor, 81 of Boston, MA, peacefully transitioned to his eternal rest on August 13, 2022. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 8, 1941, to the late William and Charity Gaylor.
He was the beloved husband to Maggie Gaylor with whom he shared over 57 years of marriage. He was a devoted and loving father of Timothy Gaylor, LaDonna Gaylor Sumrall, Melissa Hardy, Cecilia Gaylor, and Jemina Grace.
Prior to the current pastor, Rev. J.R. Lloyd, of Blue Hill Missionary Baptist Church, in earlier years, James was the pastor of Blue Hill Missionary Baptist church in Mattapan, MA. He later pastored at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Lowell, MA, and God’s Christian Center in Ayer, MA. In addition, he was also a member of the Masonic brotherhood.
He held various jobs, to name a few, he was employed as an auto mechanic at Toyota, a driver at Yankee Line, and retired from the City of Boston, as a school traffic supervisor out of the Boston Police Department/District A-1 precinct.
James (also known as Pop) was known as a Jack of all trades. He has trained many in obtaining their CDL licensing, ordained people in the ministry, he was a minister of Music, he sang in numerous gospel groups, managed gospel groups and choirs. Some of his hobbies were grilling, cooking, singing, playing various musical instruments, traveling, installations, and repairs. He could fix almost anything, a car, in the home, a lawn mower, you name it. If you needed directions, he was the person to speak to. He knew the streets and highways as if he himself helped to pave them.
He was always counseling, providing guidance, and helping others. He was very much loved by many and will be truly missed.
He leaves the most amazing memories to cherish to his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, sister in-laws, brother in-law, the Blue Hill Missionary Baptist Church family, and a host of relatives and friends.
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