Phillip W. Taylor
Submitted by News Staff on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:00am
Aug. 26, 1929~Aug. 22, 2014.
Philip W. Taylor died Aug. 22, 2014 -- just four days before his 85th birthday. Taylor was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Detroit Michigan, to parents Ressie Weir Taylor and Margaret Stark Taylor. He was the eldest of their three surviving children. His older sister, Gwendolyn, preceded him in death during their early childhood. Taylor was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor league team in 1950 and took great satisfaction in their winning the division championship that year. He later enlisted in the United States Navy in response to the nations’ involvement in the Korean War. While serving, he attended electronics school and graduated at the top of his class. He continued his education by becoming an electrical engineer following his discharge from the Navy and then he went into business with his father, Ressie, and brother, Bruce. Taylor provided oversight to the businesses’ engineering programs. The resulting business provided jobs for hundreds of people in Michigan and Central Texas. He retired in 1981. Following retirement, Taylor enjoyed his passion for golf, sailing, and traveling in his RV with his wife. Taylor married the love of his life and “number one girl”, Doris Elaine Lee, on Oct. 25, 1952, and they enjoyed a 62-year love affair through marriage. She survives. He is survived by: daughter, Laurie Slider; son, Richard Taylor, and daughter, Shari Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Gwendolyn and Nancy Vaughn-Coberly, and his brother, Bruce Taylor, and countless friends. He is also survived by six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous loyal friends. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, in Boerne, Texas. In lieu of flowers, Taylor’s family requests that friends who feel led to do so make donations to the charity of their choice. A guestbook is located at www.porterloring.com.
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