Gene Taylor

August 30, 1932 ‒ October 11, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more helpful and more laid back than Gene Taylor. He was the first to lend a helping hand and more likely to ask, “how would you like it done?” than to offer suggestions. His example made a strong impression on his four sons and everyone who met him.

Gene Franklin Taylor went to be with the Lord Wednesday evening, October 11, 2017 in his Lexington home surrounded by family at the age of 85.

He was born August 30, 1932 in Lexington to parents Guy & Gertrude (Fry) Taylor. After he was graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1950, he worked on the family farm alongside his father.

During youth fellowship at Trinity Church EUB a beautiful young lady named Shirley Dickson caught his eye and the pair married on June 6, 1954. Gene later worked as a machine operator for several companies including 25 years with Essex Wire. His favorite job was at Walmart where he happily greeted customers for six years from the very day it opened.

Gene was a lifelong member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and was instrumental on the building committee (when Trinity and Pleasant Hill churches merged), the administration board, and he served as an usher.

Gene enjoyed the outdoors and took pride in his lawn and garden—not one to take credit he would say “the flowers are Shirley’s.” In spare time, they enjoyed daytrips to auctions and antiquing. Above all, Gene cherished his family and church family. His humble and kind spirit will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Shirley Taylor of Lexington; sons David (Barb) Taylor of Bellville, Mike (Cathy) Taylor of Wetumpka, AL, and twins Jim (Lori) Taylor of New Albany and Jeff (Julie) Taylor of Lexington; grandchildren Mandy McGhee, Eric Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Jason Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Nicolas Taylor, Bradley Taylor, Hannah Taylor, Emily Taylor, and Benjamin Taylor; step-grandchildren Jenny Maxwell, Kevin Maxwell, Donnie Baker, Tommy Baker, Kory King, and Koty King; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Martha Taylor, Betty Taylor, and Bernadene Dickson; nephews Jon Taylor and Gary Taylor; along with numerous extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by two brothers Max Taylor and Howard Taylor.

His family will receive friends Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Gene’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday. Rev. Laura White will speak and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington.

Contributions in his memory to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or OhioHealth Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Shirley and family, Always enjoyed seeing Gene and his friendly smile. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  • In the 90’s I worked with Gene and Shirley at Essex Wire, and Gene was my supervisor. Gene was the best boss I’ve ever had because he treated everyone with respect and in turn he was respected and appreciated by everyone in his department. Gene and Shirley were two of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with, and even though I haven’t seen them in 40 years they still stand out. People remember kindness. When I graduated from college, Gene and Shirley were there because their son Jeff was getting a teaching award. As my graduating class was filing out I saw Gene and Shirley in the bleachers yelling and waving at me and it made me feel good that two old friends remembered me and were cheering for me.
    While in college I also took a couple of Accounting classes with Gene’s son Dave, and he has the same laid-back and easy-going personality that Gene had. That apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
    In remembering Gene, it’s easy to define him: Gene Taylor was a good man.
    May you rest in peace and love in Heaven.

  • With sympathy and love extended to you and your family, Shirley, Paul and I are remembering the cold winter nights they plowed snow together on I 71. We are happy to have special memories of him and his kindness. May God be with each of you as we are sending our love from Florida, not able to be there with you. Paul said he was a special friend!

  • Sending our condolences and sympathy to the family.
    With Love,
    Debbie Taylor, Dani Rae and Jodilynn