James Edward Taylor

May 25, 1948 ‒ July 24, 2019

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio

James Edward Taylor passed away suddenly on July 24, 2019 at the age of 71. He was a graduate of Columbus North High School, class of 1966. Jim was a Vietnam Veteran and retired from the Westerville School System. His favorite things were tinkering in his garage, and his grandkids’ sports games.

He is survived by his mother, Ellamae Spaulding; four children: Cara (Brian) Meade, Ben Taylor, Jason Taylor, and Becky (Matt) Vogt; his brother, Larry (Gini) Taylor; two sisters: Joyce Taylor and Kay Taylor Hall, his seven grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, William Taylor

A celebration of life for Jim will be held Friday, August 2nd, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Food will be served as we honor his life by sharing memories like the ones of him tinkering in the garage and attending his grandkids’ sporting events. Come share your favorite memories at 8270 Harlem Road, Westerville, OH 43081.

Arrangements entrusted to Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, OH.

Condolences may be expressed to the family, and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Cara,Brian, Hunter and Taylor we are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.

    Jeff and Melinda Ulry

  • Mr. Jim’s Wilder Elementary family is so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man who cared so much for all of us. Jim spoke often of his grandkids and their games. He was always so proud of them!

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kay, Larry and Joyce, I was so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Cheryl Taylor

  • Jim was an awful g00d man. Mike and I are going to miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his Mother and family. Bless You All.

  • Susan Young
    I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s Passing. May he find peace in Heaven. He was always so kind to me even when I kept asking for my room to be warmer and he had done everything he could. He could never understand why I was cold. I would see him outside in a short sleeve shirt shoveling snow. I would tell him I was going to get him a jacket. Our debate about hot and cold was a running joke with us. May he Rest In Peace.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man! I am a special education teacher at Wilder Elementary. Although Jim was attentive to all of our students and staff, he was especially attentive to those students who had special needs. All I had to do was mention a problem one of our students had and he was on it! Jim also made it clear that his children and grandchildren were the loves of his life. I will always remember his wonderful legacy of a humble, kind, and loving man

  • My favorite memory of Jim was when you asked how he was, he said, “swell”! I quote him all the time. Thanks for sharing him.
    Sarah Shaffer

  • Jim or Jimmy as I know him was a good man, a good friend he was one of the best friends I have had the pleasure to work with and knowen Once you got pass the hard shell he was a big lovable guy who would do anything to help you I know I will miss him and already do. as I’m sure his family is I know he loved his family as he talked about them all the time.Sorry for your loss.As these words only tell a small part of who Jimmy was to me.

  • Mr. Jim (as we affectionately called him at Wilder Elementary) was someone who would gripe (now why would you need that?) when you asked him for help, but would do ANYTHING for you at the same time. I loved our short visits while I would wait for my students to come out of special. He would brag about his grandchildren and all their accolades while showing pictures of them growing. He was such a proud grandfather. We’d share stories about our childhood memories or talk about current news. He liked to gab. After he retired, he would come and visit and it made everyone’s day to see him in the hallways of Wilder again! He will be sorely missed by so many. Our deepest condolences.

  • I worked with Mr. Jim at Wilder Elementary and was truly saddened by the news of his passing. My room was across the hall from his, and I would stop in and talk with him almost every morning before the students arrived. He was a character and was always helpful…lending me Allen wrenches (he would give me a hard time every time I asked..”Again?! What for?” and then a little smile would creep across his face), adjusting desk heights for my students who used wheelchairs, assisting with the “twisty slide incident”…I have so many fond memories of Mr. Jim. He will always have a very special place in my heart. Please accept my sincere condolences.