Wilhelmenia (Canty) Taylor Bridges

June 15, 1933 ~ February 21, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Wilhelmenia Taylor Bridges Obituary

The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Bridges will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.


Wilhelmenia Canty Taylor Bridges was born in Clarendon County, South Carolina on June 15th 1933 to the parents of George and Corine Canty. She received her education in the Pinewood, South Carolina public school system.

Wilhelmenia received her BS Degree in Elementary Education and minor in Social Studies from Allen University of Columbia, South Carolina. She received her master’s degree in Special Education from North Carolina Central University of Durham, NC.

Wilhelmenia was married to the late Jimmie W. Taylor, to that union two children were born. Debbie W. Taylor and Michael Gregory Taylor preceded her in death.

Wilhelmenia relocated to Durham, NC after her husband got out of the service where she started her life-long journey of working with young children. In the year of 1977 she married the late Charles E. Bridges of Durham, NC and later divorced. One of the major highlights of Wilhelmenia’s career was in 1965, where she assisted with the development of Project Head Start Program and worked from 1965-1973. After her tenure with Head Start, Wilhemenia then started a childcare center for Russell Memorial CME Church of Durham, NC. In 1974, Wilhemenia began her own legacy of Bright World Child Development Center with three locations across the community of Durham, NC. Wilhemenia passed along the torch of her legacy and retired in the year of 2007.

Wilhemenia was a member of White Rock Baptist Church since 1959. She was a member of Sarah E Smith for District A; National Sorority of PHI Delta Kappa Inc.; The Early childhood committee of Durham NC; and the National Committee for Children Leadership.

In her free time Wilhelmenia enjoyed traveling the world with her friends and sisters.

Wilhemenia leaves her only child and daughter Debbie W. Taylor, (grandson)-Michael A. Moore Jr., (grandson) Darian M. Moore and (granddaughter) Sharday M. Moore (Capri Madgett-Moore), (great-grandsons)- Toure G. Moore, Amir G. Moore and Christian C Peterson. She leaves nieces and nephews of Canty Family, Victor M. Nesmith(Chrise), Ellen Brunson, Maggie B. Spann, Mary Brunson, Samuel Brunson Jr, Sharon Stukes, and Chris Ballentine and 4 grand dogs Maxwell, Lani, Polo, Cinco, and a host of friends and family

I would like to thank God 1st for giving me all these years and the special time He gave me to spend with my mother up until hours before her passing. I want to thank my family for the support they gave me and my mother during her life and last days. I want to thank Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor and White Rock Baptist Church. I want to thank Phi Delta Kappa Inc. I want to Thank Bright World Child Development former staff and student that help support her vision and dreams. I know that my mother is in the present of the Lord. Now mother I will see you again, so today we all are here to celebrate the impact you have made on your community, your state, and your nation. I will always love you mama, and one day I will see you again. For now, I will carry you in my heart. Until we meet again.

Love your Daughter Apostle Deborah Taylor.

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Viewing (Walk Thru)
March 3, 2023

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

March 4, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
White Rock Baptist Church
3400 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

Celebration of Life
March 4, 2023

12:00 PM
White Rock Baptist Church
3400 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707


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