A native of Cleveland, he lived most of his life in the East Brainerd community of Chattanooga and later in Birchwood.
His great-great-grandfather, Andrew Taylor was the founder of “Taylor’s Place,” which became present-day Cleveland.
He was active in the American Indian community and was a member of the Cherokee Elders Council of Tahlequah, Okla.
He was a deacon and faithful servant of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He used his God-given musical talent to serve the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Ballard Taylor and Fannie Myrtle Beavers Taylor; brothers: D.A. Taylor and Herbert Jackson Taylor; and grandchildren: Richard Dewayne Taylor and James Alan Taylor.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Grace Aretta Williams Taylor; sons and their wives: David and Nancy Taylor of Birchwood, William and Wilani Taylor of Cherokee, N.C., Richard and Barbara Taylor of Chattanooga, Harry and Glenda Taylor of Cleveland, and Frank and Brenda Taylor of Henagar, Ala.; brothers: Carl and his wife, Annie Taylor, of Hixson, and Robert and his wife, Pat Taylor, of Cherokee; sister, Etta Marie Grider of Rossville, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at Grissom Funeral Home with the Rev. James Langston officiating.
Interment will follow at Flint Springs Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.grissomfh.net.
For additional information, phone 476-8575.