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Jack B. Taylor, 1910 – 2007

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Jack B. Taylor was born Oct. 16, 1910, in Oak Hall. His parents were Elwood and Rida Taylor, and he had three sisters and a brother, all of whom predeceased him. He became a member of Downings Church at an early age. His preparation for his ministry included earning the B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon College and the B.D. degree from Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He became a member of the conference on trial while he was a seminary student in 1933 and, at the time of his death on Feb. 26, 2007, Jack was listed first in the Chronological Roll of Elders in Full Connection. He was ordained Deacon in 1936 and Elder in 1938.

Jack and Gwyndolyn Files were married on April 6, 1935, and to this union were born two sons, Robert and Beverly. Robert predeceased Jack. Gwyndolyn and Beverly survive him.

Jack and his new bride moved to Hog Island where his pastoral ministry actually began, but that was an assignment that began between sessions of the annual conference. The first appointment at a session of the conference was as pastor at Melfa-Locustville. Jack and Gwyn also served North Mathews, North Mecklenburg, Scottsville, Hinton Avenue, Westhampton, Memorial in Lynchburg, Washington Street in Petersburg, Westover Hills, and Dulin before his retirement in 1976. After his retirement, Jack was pastor of Good Shepherd in Richmond from 1976-1982. His ministry to others did not cease with the end of his being pastor at Good Shepherd, for he continued in his retirement home, The Hermitage in Richmond, as he visited among others living there, especially those in Health Care. It was not until Jack became a patient in Health Care that he ceased regular pastoral visits.

After retirement, Jack and Gwyn became campers and joined the Holiday Rambler’s Club. They traveled extensively from Florida to Canada. Jack was appointed national chaplain twice.

A memorial service was held at Good Shepherd Church in Richmond with the Rev. Edward Walker, the Rev. John Briggs, and Hermitage Chaplain Denise Bennett leading the service. His grandsons, Owen and Jack II, read passages of Scripture. His son, Beverly, shared family memories.

Taylor was a consummate pastor and a faithful servant. In Jack’s death, Earth has lost a dedicated and capable church leader; God’s eternal kingdom has gained a dedicated servant.

— Gwyndolyn Taylor and Elmer A. Thompson




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