OBITUARY

Robert A. "Bob" Taylor

March 14, 1930October 14, 2020
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Robert Allen “Bob” Taylor, age 90, passed away in Hendrick Hospice Care on October 14, 2020. Bob was born March 14, 1930 in Terrell, Texas. He was the son of Leonard and Elna Irene Taylor. He was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Ft. Worth, Texas and a 1963 graduate of East Texas State University. On May 19, 1951, he married Joy Ellen Meazell in Tyler, Texas. He served in the United States Navy from 1951-1954, during the Korean War. He was stationed in Patuxent River, Maryland, where his first child, Sherry, was born in 1954. Bob was a resident of Abilene for 52 years. He was a petroleum landman and owned RT Petroleum and Land Service until 2015. Previously, he worked for Crown Exploration in Abilene, Humble Oil in Tyler, and Employer’s Casualty Insurance Company in Abilene. Bob was a very creative man. He was a talented drummer and started his first jazz band in high school. In the Navy years, he drummed for the Jack Pots of Jazz. He also played for the Shriner’s Band in Tyler, Tx. Folks in Abilene may remember him from the Ray Maxwell and the Stardusters Band. They performed for over 20 years at community centers all over West Texas. If you are fortunate, you enjoyed his rendition of “When the Saints go Marching In” on the “mouth” trumpet at many parties. In addition to his musical career, Bob was also a talented portrait artist. Bob was a member of Oldham Lane Church of Christ, where he was active in “Monday Night for the Master”. He formerly attended 16th and Vine Church of Christ where he was an elder and active in the bus ministry for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joy, his sister Sylvia Fuller and son Stephen Alan Taylor. Bob is survived by his daughter Sherry Houpt and husband Stephen of Dallas, son Kevin Taylor and wife Kelly of Abilene, Mark Taylor and wife Grace of Benbrook, and “adopted’ son Steve Williamson of Midland, TX; and his brother, Ralph Taylor and wife Ginger of Seguin, TX. Bob was blessed with nine grandchildren, Jessica Kaiser (husband Chris) of Denver, CO, Katharine Houpt of Chicago, Illinois, McKenzie Robinson (husband Kelby) of Abilene, Kameran Taylor of Abilene, Kendall Taylor of Abilene, Nicholas Taylor of Abilene, Landon, Reid and Ella Grace Taylor of Benbrook. He had five greatgrandchildren, Kanyon, Karter, and Karsyn Robinson of Abilene and Toby and Amy Kaiser of Denver, Colorado; his 94-year old brother-in law, Bill Meazell of Tyler; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and family friends. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in the Elliott Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery with Chris McCurley of Oldham Lane Church of Christ officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott Hamil Funeral Home. A come-and-go visitation will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 1 to 5 PM at the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 US Hwy 277 S, Abilene, TX 79606. In accordance with the family’s wishes, all those who attend the visitation and/or graveside service are asked to wear a facemask and practice social distancing. Livestreaming of the funeral service can be found on the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home and Cemetery Facebook page for those who cannot attend in person. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine St. Abilene, TX 79601 or the charity of your choice.

Services

23 October

Visitation

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home

Chapel of Faith

5701 Highway 277 South
Abilene, Texas

24 October

Graveside Service

11:00 am

 

24 October

Interment

 

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Jan Fuller

October 21, 2020

I find myself coming back to these memorial pages over and over, and I've realized that every time I read all of the kind words, and especially the obituary itself, I do so with a huge grin on my face. Uncle Bob was such a special soul. The world has truly suffered a great loss with his death.

Jan David Fuller

October 19, 2020

Uncle Bob was always one of my very favorite uncles. I have many wonderful childhood memories of attending jam sessions and listening to him play the drums and the mouth trumpet. I also remember being in awe of the paintings he did. Uncle Bob was one of the best artists I've ever known. To say he was talented would be a gross understatement. Uncle Bob was a kind and sweet soul and deserved every minute of the long life he lived. My greatest hope for him is that he had a joyous reunion with Aunt Joy when he went home!

Kay Collins

October 18, 2020

I feel blessed to have known Mr. Taylor through my dear friend Sherry Houpt. We grew up together and I had the pleasure of spending the night at their house many times. One of my memories of him is being serenaded by the "mouth trumpet" in the car on the way home. I witnessed the love he had for his family first hand. He was always kind and gentle. My condolences to the family. May your memories comfort you.

Sherry Houpt

October 18, 2020

I remember my Daddy’s voice, his big smile, and warm hugs. I miss him. Every Sunday afternoon since my mom passed in 2011, we had a “fireside chat” around 3:00 in the afternoon. Today, I looked up at the sky in my garden, and said “Thank You” to a soul who loved his family and friends so well.

Rick & Sandy Miller

October 18, 2020

We met Bob on numerous occasions, mostly at family gatherings, reunions, and birthdays He was always a friendly and pleasant guy with a smile. He played drums with us when we were “pickin’ and grinnin’ “ at the Adkisson family reunions. We always had fun and enjoyed seeing him!
Our condolences and prayers go out to your family 🙏🏼❤️

Monty Maxwell

October 17, 2020

Bob and Joy met my parents Ray and Pat while going to 16th & Vine church of christ in the mid to late 60’s. Bob, and my dad Ray, started a country band “Ray Maxwell & The Stardusters” which lasted 20+ years. Many well known and not so well known musicians and entertainers played with the band. Bob’s son Kevin Taylor sat in many times with the band. Bob imitated a trumpet with his mouth in many blues songs and the crowd loved it. Before Bob moved to Abilene, he played many times in New Orleans as a Blues drummer. Eventually moving to Abilene.

Bob was a great musician and friend to all people. He was a wonderful man. I will so miss him.

A. Hampton

October 17, 2020

Robert Taylor, he was my Uncle Bob. He was to me a leader and example of possibilities. As a child I had the blessing of living with Uncle Bob and Aunt Joy for several months. Their steadfast love and care for their family and patience with a busy little niece was something that has helped to inspire me to live a better life.
I believe my love and enjoyment of art and music was greatly influenced by his talents and I am so thankful.
I will never forget his quiet nature, the twinkle in his eyes or the slight little smile that could bring a calmness to your day. He was to me, my Uncle Bob.

Michael Holt

October 16, 2020

Bob Taylor was a sweet friend to my mother, Geneva Holt, and our entire family. For many years, Bob played the drums at our Adkisson Family Reunion. He was always up for playing the mimic trumpet of “When the Saints” at our annual Holt family Christmas get together. Bob was a fine Christian man and leaves a legacy of friendship and a genuinely engaging smile. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.

Nancy Riley

October 16, 2020

I did not know Mr. Taylor but I've been blessed with knowing his daughter in law Kelly. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. God bless you with His love and comfort.

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Kevin and Bob

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Even into his 90's, PaPa Bob loved to watch YouTube videos and listen to music. Sometimes he needed help after hitting the wrong button. This time, it was Kendall helping him get back on track.

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Handsome fella celebrating his 90th Birthday with the Taylor Tribe.

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KT & the Blues Scientists' biggest fan!

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Looking suave in his leather suspenders he received from Nicholas for Christmas.

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Robert and Joy Taylor, married June 19, 1951

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