Sallie Blackwell Sharp
- Born: 21 Dec 1911, Madison, Rockingham Co, NC
- Marriage: Lawrence Arthur Taylor on 21 Jun 1935
- Died: 2 Sep 1953, Poplar Bluff, Butler Co., Missouri at age 41
- Buried: Greenview Cemetery, Reidsville, N.C.
Cause of her death was Pulmonary Embolsus (throw a clot).
Collection Title: Sallie Blackwell Sharp Taylor and Lawrence Arthur Taylor Papers, 1932-1999 (bulk 1932-1934)
Collection Number: 05253
Sallie Blackwell Sharp Taylor of Reidsville, N.C., was born on 21 December 1911, to James Merritt Sharp and Annie Britt Blackwell Sharp. She was one of seven children. Her sister Susie Marshall Sharp was elected chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1974, becoming the first woman elected chief justice of a state supreme court in the United States. Sallie attended North Carolina College for Women (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and upon graduating worked as a violin instructor at the North Carolina State School for the Blind and Deaf in Raleigh, N.C., where she lived and worked until her marriage in 1935. Lawrence Arthur Taylor (Arthur) was born on 17 February 1905. Upon graduation from the State College (now North Carolina State University) in Raleigh, N.C., Arthur worked at the Montgomery Ward store in Reidsville, N.C., where he met Sallie. In 1933, Sally and Arthur were separated by his work transfers. They married on 21 June 1935. The collection consists largely of correspondence between Sallie Blackwell Sharp Taylor in North Carolina and Lawrence Arthur Taylor working for Montgomery Ward in Hammond, Ind., and Holland, Mich., during their courtship, 1932-1935. Letters describe their daily activities and work, relationships with family (including Susie Sharp), and friends, plans for their upcoming wedding, and their expectations about married life including a discussion of birth control. Letters, November 1932-May 1934, describe the daily life of a college student at the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., and letters, May 1934-May 1935, describe life and work as instructor of violin at the North Carolina State School for the Blind and Deaf in Raleigh, N.C. Other correspondents include Sallie's father, James Merritt Sharp; mother, Annie Britt Blackwell Sharp; and other family and friends. There are also a few letters, 1935-1999; clippings; programs from musical events Sallie attended; a partially completed bride book; and an award booklet commemorating Arthur's 25 years with Montgomery Ward.
Missouri Death Certificate under Sallie Taylor
Sallie's husband is listed as Larry A. Taylor on her death certificate. He and Sallie were living in Poplar Bluff at the time of her death and her body was removed to Reidvislle for burial.
Sallie married Lawrence Arthur Taylor on 21 Jun 1935. (Lawrence Arthur Taylor was born on 17 Feb 1905 in Ashville, Buncombe Co., NC, died on 23 Dec 1958 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co., Missouri and was buried in Greenview Cemetery, Reidsville, N.C..) The cause of his death was Coronary Thrombosis.