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Sharon Pettey Taylor

Licensed Funeral Director & Owner

Sharon Pettey Taylor, born and raised into the funeral service profession, highly respects the relationship of sensitivity, caring and concern extended to client-families and friends at a time of immediate need. To insure the continued longevity of the family-owned business, she became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1981. True to its legacy, she immediately supported community, educational and professionally-related organizations.

She consistently provides one-to- one attention to bereaved families -- listening and sharing mutual remembrances and heartfelt reflections. Her sincerity to serve compassionately is rooted in her love of lifelong learning and preparedness. As a proud graduate of American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (passing a National Board Examination), she further maintains a four-year college degree and two advanced Masters.

As the Founder of Funerals By Design, Inc., kindly welcome her holistic experiences to collaboratively honor the lives of your loved ones, offering a dignified, diverse and creatively-affordable memorial celebration.

Winfred L. Jones

Licensed Funeral Director & Manager

Winfred L. Jones has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of New York for over 40 years.  He is a Vietnam veteran receiving numerous distinguished honors during his service. They include: The Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and a Good Standing Conduct Medal. 

As a proud graduate of American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and Old Westbury College,  Mr. Jones is a valuable resource for honorably discharged veterans and their families, before and during their hour of need. Let him help you as a fellow veteran when you can’t do it yourself. 

Malik E. Taylor

Licensed Funeral Director

Malik E. Taylor has been of service to the community since high school. His first job, working in his family's funeral home, reinforced for him that people from all walks of life deserve to be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, particularly when coping with loss and dealing with loved ones. Malik also had a great appreciation for technology during that time and was selected as one of the youngest computer instructors for the Community Outreach Technology Initiative of the New York Public Library (NYPL) to teach computer skills to residents in local branches of Central Harlem and Washington Heights. 

Malik continued his pursuits in technology, earning a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s, both specializing in areas of information technology. Fortunate to acquire a range of internship experiences throughout his college career with government agencies to Fortune 500 companies, he focused on the financial sector upon graduation. A few years later, Malik decided to fill his void of serving the community by transitioning to the non-profit industry where he leveraged his skills and knowledge directly to the youth and young adults of East Harlem.

After nearly a decade spent bolstering and empowering young adults, Malik decided to continue his education and outreach in the funeral service industry. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (AAMI), a New York State Funeral Director's Award recipient, a Mu Sigma Alpha Award recipient, and has now returned full circle to his family’s business, as a third generation Funeral Director.


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