Lily Taylor Death – The last few days have been challenging for Pfeiffer University’s students, employees, and faculty as they continue to grieve the loss of Lily Taylor, 18, who died on Wednesday after a four-car accident on N.C. Highway 24-27 east of Albemarle. Pfeiffer President Dr. Scott Bullard stated in prepared remarks to The Stanly News & Press that “Pfeiffer is full of hope and aspiration, and so was Lily.” “Sadly, when a community experiences a tragedy such as this, it impacts the entire campus. This could have been any of us. Lily points up the importance of how we manage our time.
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Although Lily was only on campus for a short while, he continued, “her positive impact is obvious in the lives of her peers.” We at Pfeiffer will do whatever we can to help Lily’s family through this trying time as we grieve with them. A sign outside the university was lit with the words “We Remember Lily” shortly after her death. Students gathered outside the Stokes Student Center on Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil. Her classmate and close friend Destiny Wilson described Taylor as “amazing,” adding that the Massachusetts native was crucial in helping Wilson get through her first semester of college. She was the best person you could ever meet, once you got to know her.
Wilson, a 19-year-old native of Rowan County who emphasized Taylor’s kindness by saying that her friend would help anyone in need, regardless of whether she knew them. “Taylor was one of a kind,” she said. “She was nearby if you required assistance with a task. It didn’t matter if you were someone that she had never met before and you came up and said, ‘Hey, I need help.’ She was there immediately. Wilson claimed that she enjoyed being around her friend since she was a friendly and vivacious person. She stated, “You could not help but see her grin and feel her smile. Despite how difficult the first year of college can be, “she was never unhappy.” Wilson has had a very difficult time lately, but she was glad to see so many students at the vigil on Wednesday night.
According to Wilson, Taylor’s grandparents from Mount Gilead were also present. Wilson remarked, “I know it was a difficult time, but seeing how many people Lily had touched…I know she was smiling.” Justin Fainter, Taylor’s first-year seminar instructor, said that, as a student, she was “brilliant…everything she did was top notch,” adding that she got along with her classmates and took on leadership roles whenever she was part of a group. He noted that she was always willing to remain after class to provide anyone who wanted it extra help and stated, “She was willing to share anything she could share with anybody else.”
On a lighter note, Fainter, who is also the college’s tennis coach, said Taylor had a “elite eye roll” and whenever he was attempting a joke, he could always tell if it succeeded based on how Taylor responded. “She would actually laugh when I told a good joke, and if not, I just got a little smirk,” the author said. Taylor had not yet declared a major in the first-year seminar class, but Fainter talked about how much she loved working with young children. She was truly a wonderful child in every manner, and Fainter added, “She will be missed in our class for sure.” On January 18, at 10 a.m., the university will hold a memorial service for Taylor at the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel.
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