Robert Samuel Taylor, 89, of Dayton, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Memorial Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and served in the U.S. Army from June 1949 to November 1952. He loved gun trading, spending time with family, working outdoors, specifically working heavy construction and farming.
He was preceded in death by his parents, CZ & Vola Taylor; son, Bobby Taylor; son-in-law, Bill Matherly; and siblings, Edna Headlee, Lefa Weller, Etta Marler, Ralp Taylor, Zella Olinger, Seburn Taylor, Harvey Taylor, Sue Capps, Bernice Taylor, Silas Taylor, Willard Taylor, Wendell Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Leona Taylor; children, Carmela (Jim) Hammond, Velma Matherly, Kim (Ricky) Burnette, Rhonda Taylor; daughter-in-law Virginia Taylor; sister, Betty Harris; grandchildren, Jeremy (Sheila) Taylor, Zach (Kristina) McCool, Amanda (Jonathan) Kyle, Mindy Stephens, Joshua (April) Burnette, Alecia (Russ) Gross, Ryan (Jasmin) Hadley, Jennifer (Mike) Wilcox, Mark (Veronica) Hammond; 33 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and very special friends Jim, Becky and Jamie Eller.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the offices and staff of Dr. Alan Crews, Dr. Chirag Patel, Dr. Eason, Dr. Polland and the staff of Rhea Medical Center ER; staff on 5-South at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga and Hospice of Chattanooga.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12 noon in the chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Kyle officiating.
Family will receive friends Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Coulter Garrison Funeral Home. Interment to follow after service at Rigsby Cemetery.
For the safety and respect of all, masks are required and no food is allowed to be served at this time.
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Arrangements are by Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home of Dayton.