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Gray Brown-Service Mortuary

1329 Wilmer Ave, Anniston, AL

OBITUARY

Coach Gene Taylor

January 26, 1950December 1, 2013
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A legend has passed. Coach Gene Taylor died late in the evening of 1 December 2013 at Trinity Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama after a 3 month hospitalization. He was 63.

Coach Taylor, a native of Conyers, Rockdale County, Georgia, was born 26 January 1950 to William D. and Susan C. Taylor. He graduated from Rockdale County High school in 1968, where he was Captain of his high school football team during his senior year. His BS (1974) and MS (1981) degrees were received from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. Taylor returned to Rockdale in 1974 to begin his high school coaching career. He coached in several schools in Georgia before moving onto Alabama.

Taylor’s Alabama coaching career started with Walter Wellborn High School, Wellborn, Alabama and ended with Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Alabama. The coach is best known for the success of his high school wrestling teams. His Weaver High School wrestling teams won Class 1A-4A State Championships in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. His Weaver school wrestling teams had a dual meet win streak record of 221. It still stands as the 2nd longest win streak in the nation.

Although he rose to prominence with wrestling, Coach Taylor had a successful career as a football and baseball coach. He had a won – loss record of 201- 130 in baseball. He was honored 9 times as Alabama’s wrestling coach of the year, twice as USA wrestling coach of the year for the southeastern U.S., and once as Calhoun County’s baseball coach of the year. His highest honors came in 2010 and 2011 when he was elected into the Alabama High School Sports Association Hall of Fame (2010) and the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame (2011).

He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Coach Taylor is survived by his mother Susan C. Taylor (Villa Rica, GA), his son Jake Taylor (Jacksonville, AL), daughter Misty Taylor (Eastaboga, AL), sisters Linda Taylor Smith (Conyers, GA), Lisa Taylor (Villa Rica, GA), brother and sister-in-law Teal and Kathy Simpson Taylor (Villa Rica, GA), 2 nieces, 4 nephews, 5 great nieces and 1 great nephew. He was preceded in death by his father William D. Taylor.

Visitation will be from 5 pm to 8 pm CST, Wed. 4 December 2013 at Gray Brown – Service Mortuary and Crematory in Anniston, Alabama. Funeral services will be Thurs. 4 December 2013 at 2 pm CST at Eulaton United Methodist Church in Anniston, Alabama officiated by Jake Taylor with graveside services at the church cemetery to be officiated by Dennis Martin. There will also be visitation at the church 1 hr. prior to the service.

Pall Bearers will be Banyon Allison, Dennis Martin, Jackie Mitchell, Ricky Smith, Cody Howell, and Cole Taylor. Honorary pall bearers are Larry Pruitt and Weaver High School’s 9 State Championship Wrestling Teams coached by Coach Taylor.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 5, 2013

Memories

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January 1, 2014

I know we are late with this but had to reach out to Gene's family. Gene was boy
I remember going through child hood and highschool with. I am so happy to hear he had such a great career and family life.
Love to you all. Karen (Whitmire) and Jack Sears

Carolyn Cook

December 18, 2013

I attended Rockdale County High School with Gene and was a good friend with his sister, Lisa. After leaving our hometown of Conyers, I lost track with many schoolmates, but was fortunate enough to see Gene one last time at our 40th high school reunion. As a young man, Gene was kind, happy, friendly, accepting of others and always very handsome. Reading about Gene and his life, I'm not surprised by his success as a coach and his wonderful relationships with many people. I'm sad he had to leave everyone so soon. I'll always remember him as a young man in high school.

December 14, 2013

Gene was a wonderful friend for 40+ years. He will be missed by so many people. Teresa & Larry Pruitt

Dennis Moyer

December 6, 2013

Thanks coach.

Daniel and Joanna Wolf Farmer

December 6, 2013

We remember Gene very well from high school. He was a friendly and easy going guy, well liked by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Teal Taylor

December 6, 2013

Thank you to all who have made so many great comments about Gene. We've greeted so many over the last 2 days that told us stories about how he helped them and contributed to their lives. We've also read all the posts from those that weren't able to come , but wanted to share. Thank you all for your condolences and your kind comments. He was a great coach , a great friend, a great father, and to me a great brother....

Lauren Hughes

December 5, 2013

To all the family,
I am a wrestling coach's daughter and Coach Taylor always made me feel welcomed at wrestling events. It wasn't just a short "hey" from him either. He took the time to make sure I was doing good in life and learn what was going on in my life. His heart and love for others meant so much to me as I grew up in the wrestling community and he will truly be missed!

Doug Smith

December 5, 2013

As a Rockdale County (GA) native, I have lost track of Gene over the years. I'm not surprised with Gene's success as a Coach and mentor to many students. I remember my days as a co-worker with Gene at the Rockdale County Recreation Department. We had lots of fun during those summers.

Norma Butler

December 5, 2013

Although I cannot be at the services, my heart and thoughts will be there. Family is forever. I love all my family.

Mary Helen ( Granade) Dailey

December 5, 2013

We went to high school with Gene. He was a great guy and a wonderful coach. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Grover and Mary Helen Dailey

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