Jack was born in Chicago, Illinois and was the oldest of two brothers. The two brothers were city boys during the school months but became farmers in the summers on their grandparents’ farm. He learned about livestock, planting, harvesting and canning fruits and vegetables during the time on the farm.
Jack served in the United States Army during the Korean War and the Army reserves after the war ended. While in the Army he received National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals. He was Honorably Discharged as a Corporal, E-4.
He graduated technical college and followed in his father’s footsteps, and had a career for many years in Refrigeration.
Jack met Lydia while he was stationed in Dahlonega. The two married and had six children together. They were married for 55 years. They enjoyed attending Atlanta Braves baseball and Georgia Tech football games. Jack’s love of sports was instrumental in his desire to coach both of his sons’ soccer teams for many years. Jack and Lydia’s life together took them from Georgia, to Wisconsin, back to Georgia, to North Carolina and then to Florida. Lydia had a major stroke in 2006 and would spend the next 5 years in a Nursing home. Jack remained devoted to her and spent every waking hour by her bedside until she died. After Lydia passed away in April of 2011, Jack moved back to Georgia to be closer to most of his children.
Jack became friends with a former neighbor, and he would spend the last 11 years of his life with his companion Alice Carman of Conley, Georgia. Both were avid sports fans and liked traveling. They took several road trips to Florida to watch the Atlanta Braves Spring Training games. Jack was a Christian and a member of Ash Street Baptist Church in Forest Park, Georgia.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Jean McNeal Taylor, his parents, John and Frances Taylor, and his brother, Philip Taylor. He is survived by his 6 children Karen Taylor Bartell (Dr. Michael Bartell), Annette Taylor Burrell (Guy Burrell), Debbie Taylor Davis (Jimmy Davis), Jackie Taylor (Robin Defoor Taylor), Kimberly Taylor Graham (Rick Graham), David Taylor (Angie Helms Taylor); 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; companion Alice Carman and her two children Cathy Carman Cochran (Derrick Cochran), Jeff Carman (Connie Carman), Alice’s 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Jack will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 11:00am – 12:00pm at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Following the visitation, a funeral service will be held in the Chapel from 12:00pm – 1:00pm and Interment immediately following the service in the Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.horisawardfairviewchapel.com for the Taylor family.