Monday, January 6, 2014

The Anatomy of a Man

There are people who love their lives and cultivate the very life they want, my grandfather Pa, George Taylor, was one of those people. I think it is an amazing quality to reflect on one's life and immediately have no regrets. I remember a conversation between my grandparents in which my Ma was asking Pa what he would change if he could redo life so to speak. He said nothing. He truly had things the way he wanted. It wasn't a life that came on a silver platter. If I learned one thing from my grandfather, it is to work with pride and work. He loved to gamble, the horse races, Milwaukee Best, the Marines, being a pharmacist and my grandmother and in these last years, he enjoyed football with zeal. He was a driven man. His greatest success, our family, and we are ever so grateful.

George Taylor 1931-2013

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at the funeral home from 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Friday and continue at 8:00 am until 9:30 am on Saturday. A rosary will be recited by Fr. Francis Miller at 7:00 pm on Friday.

Fr. Gary Schexnayder and Deacon Ken Soignier will officiate at the Funeral Service. Readers will be Rachelle Landry and Charles Taylor. Gift Bearers will be Alisha Berard, Erin Berard, Lauren Landry, Kyli Romero and Sarah Stoute. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Cecilia.

George passed away with his family at his side after a two week battle with various illnesses associated with pneumonia. He will be laid to rest on his 82nd birthday.

During George's life, he was a member of Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Church Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Quarter Horse Association. George served the people of Cecilia as a pharmacist until he was 70 years old. He received his gold certificate as a registered pharmacist for 50 years of service. The most common remark the family hears is, "George was the best pharmacist and friend we ever had." 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Joyce Marks Taylor of Arnaudville; his son, George Keith Taylor of Baton Rouge; his daughters, Karla (Kenneth) Marks of Cecilia, Shari Huval of Somerville, MA, Mona "Sukie" (Jim) Russo of Abbeville, Angie (Danny) Stoute of Poche Bridge, and Faye (Jerry) Degetaire of Cecilia; his brothers, Ray (Lilly) Taylor of Morrow, LA, Steven (Viola) Taylor of Sunset, Charles (Jean) Taylor of Cecilia, and Ben Taylor (Earline) of Arnaudville; his sisters, Beatrice Kidder of Arnaudville, Betty Richard of Orange, TX, Sybil (Don) Kidder of Port Arthur, TX, and Rosie (Norris) Young of Baton Rouge; twenty grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Welzie and Anna Schexnayder Taylor; his two sisters, Gladys Donaldson and her husband "Shorty" and Lucille Knott and her husband, Darius; and his brothers-in-law, Lloyd Richard and Percy Kidder.

Pallbearers will be Foster Monteleon, Grant Degetaire, Joseph Stoute, Seth Stoute, Jon Jon Romero, and Joey Landry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Taylor and Jake Stoute.

Special thanks to Dr. Ed Lyons, the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and the caregivers who were heaven sent to help the family during George's illness. Special thanks also to his lifelong friends who filled his life with parties, card games, meals, laughs, travels, and loyalty.

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