Noel C. Taylor

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Noel C. Taylor
41st Mayor of Roanoke, Virginia
In office
October 27, 1975 – June 30, 1992
Preceded by Roy L. Webber
Succeeded by David A. Bowers
Personal details
Born Noel Calvin Taylor
(1924-07-15)July 15, 1924
Moneta, Virginia, U.S.
Died October 29, 1999(1999-10-29) (aged 75)
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara Smith
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–1945
Battles/wars World War II

Noel Calvin Taylor (July 15, 1924 – October 29, 1999)[1][2] was the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia from 1975 to 1992. He was widely considered one of the most influential leaders in the city's history.

Prior to becoming mayor, he was a leader in Roanoke's African American community and helped facilitate the city's peaceful desegregation in the late 1960s. A Republican, he was elected mayor in 1976, after having been appointed to complete the term of Roy L. Webber after his death in 1975. His lengthy tenure saw many changes in Roanoke such as the revitalization of the downtown city market area and the opening of Valley View Mall.

Taylor was pastor of High Street Baptist Church in the northwest section of Roanoke from 1961 until his death in 1999.

Roanoke's city hall, the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, and the Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy, a combined middle school and high school, were each named in his honor.


  1. ^ Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 50, On the death of Noel Calvin Taylor, 21 January 2000 [1]
  2. ^ Social Security Death Index
Preceded by
Roy L. Webber
Roanoke, Virginia Mayor
Succeeded by
David A. Bowers