God dispatched his angels to usher Natalie through the gates of Heaven at the age of 62 on Jan. 26, 2022, at Novant Medical facility in Kernersville, N.C., surrounded by her family. She was born on July 14, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio.
Natalie was a lifelong member of First Missionary Baptist Church and attended Mount Zion Baptist Church during her time in North Carolina.
Natalie was one who had high expectations for herself from a very young age. She attended Pulaski County High School and was active in several community activities. She joined the softball team and the Girl Scouts, as well as 4-H, an Agriculture-Oriented Club for Youth. She was also active in church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.
She started working her first part-time job at the age of 16, at McDonalds. She then started her career at Food Lion while she attended college at Radford University, graduating in 1982. Starting as a cashier Natalie climbed the corporate ladder. She created the diversity department at Food Lion and became vice president of diversity in the corporate office where she held the title until her retirement from the corporate world in 2004.
While at Food Lion, she was active in the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) and was a member of the board of trustees. She was also the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Urban League as well as a member of the National Association of Female Executives, the Rainbow Coalition, and Minority Women in Business. She played a major role in Food Lion’s support of the CIAA where she represented Food Lion with live TV interviews. She was the face of Food Lion in several commercials.
Throughout her career, Natalie received the following awards: Minority Recruiter Positive Image Award, Virginia NAACP-area branches, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, and Winston Lake Family YMCA Black Achiever Award.
After retiring from Food Lion, she decided to pursue her own dream. With the support of her husband, Tim, and her son Ryan, she started Capture Communications Resource Group, a video production and executive coaching company.
In life she became a supporter of her son, her nieces, and her nephews. She loved to shop and have good times with what she called her “Circle” and “Sister Cousins.”
Natalie was preceded in death by her mother, Betty M. Casey; and her maternal grandparents, James and Hattie Manns.
She leaves to cherish in her memory, her devoted husband of 37 years, Timothy Taylor; her most prized possession, her son, Ryan (Nyesha Lands) of Greensboro, N.C.; siblings Ava Manns Pope of Greensboro, N.C. and Karen Casey of Lynchburg, Va.; a niece, Aaliyah Webb; a nephew, Andrewus Casey of Lynchburg, Va.; aunts and uncles Flossie Brown, Charles (Caroline), and John Manns, all of New River, Va.; and a special friend, Marchelle Flynn of Dublin, Va. Also left to rejoice in her memories of life are a host of cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at the First Missionary Baptist Church in New River, Va. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Timothy Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Sunrise Burial Park in Radford.
To keep everyone safe, the family requests that all attendees wear a mask.
The Manns-Taylor family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.
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