Charles Franklin Taylor, Jr. (Charlie) peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, with his family at his side. Born to the late Charlie and Mamie Viola Taylor, in Washington, DC, he was the third oldest child and the oldest son of this union.\n\nCharlie accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior!\n\nHe was educated in the District of Columbia Public School System, graduating from McKinley Technology High School. He was employed with the DC Linkage Program's Buildings and Grounds Department in 1984, during high school. Charlie received his certification in Carpentry from Phelps Vocational High School. He later attended Greenfield Institute where he was certified in the operation of heavy construction machinery such as the jackhammer, bobcat, backhoe, and excavator.\n\nCharlie was employed with the George Hyman and Miller & Long Construction companies. He later worked with the Home Builder's Institute where he honed his carpentry skills. He worked tirelessly in the private sector building homes in Columbia, Crofton, and Laurel, Maryland. Charlie enjoyed the challenge of hard work which he had done since the age of 11, serving newspapers for the Washington Post. He was dedicated to that job throughout high school. In July 1991, he became an employee of the District of Columbia's Public School System, where he remained a dedicated employee until his transition.\n\nCharlie was very strong, witty, intelligent, creative, compassionate, and fair! He would help anyone he could, but he was not up for the nonsense!! He was a natural-born leader. He didn't mind sharing his knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn. He was an awesome teacher of his craft! Often underestimated, he proved time and time again that he could create and build like no other. He truly was a master craftsman. Charlie did not like people to make excuses or take shortcuts. He would blow a gasket! Despite that, he had a heart of gold! Even when people wronged him, he would still help them.\n\nCharlie loved his sports! He was very athletic in his youth and played football with neighborhood friends even in the snow. He also enjoyed playing with his teammates on the field at Phelps. What he enjoyed most was playing basketball with his friends on the basketball court at Lovejoy Elementary School. He spent countless hours on that court!\n\nIn the spring of 1982, Charlie met Aaronese DuBose on Lovejoy's basketball court. They were friends in passing. They later ran into each other again (literally), during the blizzard of 1983, when he plowed her down in the snow on a bet. In March of 1983, they became a couple and dated continuously for eight years. On August 10, 1991, they were united in Holy Matrimony and remained together until his death. She was his love and soulmate. Their relationship wasn't perfect, but they weathered their storms together!\n\nFrom their 39 years together, they shared 10 children. Charlie, lovingly called "Pedro" by his children and their peers, loved his family! He didn't mind working hard to ensure they had everything they needed! He was a remarkable dad to his children. He was a protector, a provider, a disciplinarian, and a comedian. He was always direct and matter of fact with them. To them, he seemed to be hard, and he would tell them, "This is a cold world, and it ain't go'n play with y'all. So, you might as well get a taste of it now!" They appreciated that sentiment and loved him for it. Charlie always seemed to have a hard external shell, but his grandchildren softened him up. They were his thriving heartbeats!\n\nCharlie was preceded in death by his Parents; Father-in-love, Cornell C. Smith, Sr.; Brothers, Martin and Dwayne Taylor, and Paul Travers; Sister, Charlene Morton; Granddaughter, Aaryn Thomas; and Niece, Sherina Taylor. He leaves to cherish memory and continue his legacy; Loving and devoted wife, Aaronese; Daughter's, India, Marsena, Amber (Kevin), Jasmine, Brandi (Timothy, Sr.), Ivana, Itallya, and Frankie; Sons, Brandon, and Charles, III; Brothers, Richard (Diana) Reid and Mark Taylor; Sister, Cheryl Taylor; Granddaughters, Jelani, Melody, Karlie, Tori, and Kimora; Grandsons, Micah, Keion, Amari, and Timothy, Jr.; Mother-in-love, Deborah Paige-DuBose; Brothers-in-love, Tyrone Morton, Donald Thrower (Carla), Christopher Monroe (Antoinette), Cornell Smith, Jr. (Marché); Sisters-in-love, Susan Travers, Ronnette McDaniel, Traci Richardson (Damon); Aunts, Mary Copeland, Denise Rorie (Caesar), Diane Collins, and Mamie L. Smith; Uncles, Vernon, Gregory (Yevette), and Anthony Paige, Ronald E. Smith, Sr. (Aletre) and Vincent E. Smith, Sr. (Fernanda); Close and special life-long business partner (30+ years) Nathaniel R. Jackson; and a host of other relatives and friends.