John F. Taylor Sr.

Published 7:08 am Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jan. 8, 1932

April 7, 2013

John F. Taylor Sr., 81, of Donalsonville, Ga., passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his residence.

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Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Hammock Springs Freewill Baptist Church, with Dr. Gary Smith and Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Matthew Cutler, Roy Rogers, Red Bradley, David Marshall, Stan Strickland, Jake Holley and Ricky Suggs serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Taylor was born in Climax, on Jan. 8, 1932, to the now late James Henry and Flonnie Griffin Taylor. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and the U.S. Postal Service in 1995. He was an active member of Hammock Springs Freewill Baptist Church, having served as a deacon, a layspeaker, a Sunday school teacher, and president of the Master’s Men.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Henry Taylor and Flonnie Griffin Taylor; two brothers, Red Taylor and Bill Taylor; four sisters, Alma Faircloth, Nettie Chester, Jeanette Sapp, and Dola Strickland; a granddaughter, Nicole Taylor; and two great grandchildren, Alex and Emmalyn Stafford.

Survivors include his wife, Tammie Taylor of Donalsonville; three sons, John F. “Frankie” Taylor Jr. and his wife Donna of Colquitt, Ga., James E. “Eddie” Taylor and his wife Jan of Donalsonville, and Jeff W. Taylor of Donalsonville; a sister-in-law, Louise Taylor of Bainbridge. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melissa Taylor Cutler, Steven Taylor, Heather Stafford, Hannah Taylor, and Dani Taylor, as well as his great-grandchildren, Meredith Cutler, Marshall Cutler, Cheyenne Stafford, and Jade Stafford.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, Hammock Springs Freewill Baptist Church, or the Nicole Taylor Scholarship Fund.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.