Biography: Story of Life
Dwayne Bryan Stokes-Taylor
Our gentle giant. Our sweet prince. Beloved son. Adored grandson. Best brother. Precious nephew. Loving uncle. Treasured cousin. Loyal friend…are but a very few of the descriptions for our beloved Dwayne Bryan Stokes-Taylor. Dwayne Bryan Stokes-Taylor was born on January 11, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY to Dwayne Taylor and Stephanie Stokes.
He was called primarily by his middle name, Bryan, by family and friends outside of school. Bryan was a bright light, a source of comfort and smiles and pure joy for the family. Bryan was 16 years old and a 9th grader at Progress High School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In his spare time he loved to play video games, play basketball, listen to music and keep up with the news of his favorite music artists and sports celebrities. He loved to spend time with family and friends, including long phone conversations with his grandmother. He loved sneakers and hoodies, and was a collector of both. Bryan loved figuring out how to repair electronics and gadgets. He was a thinker who often shared his analysis of the world with his family. His friends often described him as cool, humble and fun. Strangers and colleagues and all who met him often described him as polite, well-mannered and respectful. And to his family he was just pure joy. He was all of that Bryan also loved being the big uncle and cousin to younger kids in the family. He loved to cook, considering himself a “top chef” as his mother often teased him. One of his goals was to successfully graduate high school in order to attend college Upstate New York. Bryan left his earthly vessel bound for his Heavenly home on Thursday night, May 31st, 2018. His passing was sudden, unexpected and shocking given his young age and the fact that he had never been really sick prior to this, beyond a simple cold or flu. But he leaves us to carry on his beautiful light and legacy.
Bryan was pre-deceased by his grandparents: Samuel Stokes, George and Estella Taylor; his uncle Jamar “Mort” Taylor; aunt, Marilyn Major and first cousin, Leslie Major. He leaves to cherish his memory, his father Dwayne Taylor and mother Stephanie Stokes; his big brother who was his hero and who he absolutely adored, Kevin Munford; his younger sister Leslie Taylor; his nieces Egypt and Skylar; his grandmother Cynthia Stokes and great grandfather Johnnie Jenkins; his uncle James Major; his aunts Tamika Taylor, Tara Taylor, Andrea Renee Thompson (Christopher Walter) and Jennifer Elaine Stokes; his godmothers Natasha Campbell and Kita Irwin; a host of very close 1st cousins (Jamar “Marley” McMitchell; Jamika “MiMi” McMitchell; Jawayne “Buddha” McMitchell; Javonta “Tae” McMitchell; Jashawn “Shawnie” Taylor; Jahiem “Heemie” Taylor and Jamar “Jay” Johnson; Jessica Salley; Courtney Thompson; William Christopher Thompson and Andre Salley; three of his closest friends: Heemie, Jay and Leeshawn “LeeLee” Atwell and a host of other relatives and friends.
Today, we celebrate our gentle giant and sweet prince’s life and legacy. Gone too soon in our limited earthly opinion, but God had other plans. Bryan is safe in God’s arms and watching over us.
We love you FOREVER, Bryan.
O death, where is thy sting. O grave, where is thy victory?
(1 Corinthians 15:55-56 KJV)