H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA


Helen Hammett Taylor

September 29, 1928September 7, 2019

Helen Hammett Taylor, age 90, of Decatur, GA died peacefully September 7, 2019. She was born September 29, 1928 in Santa Rosa, Texas, to the late James D. Hammett, Sr. and the late Ruth Hurst Hammett. She is survived by her daughter and son in law Lisa and Joe Mixon, Lilburn, GA son and daughter in law Jim and Leslie Taylor, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., grandchildren Brian Mixon (Amanda), Lindale, GA, Kathryn Mixon, Harlem, GA, Jacob Taylor and Sarah Kate Taylor, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., brother James D. Hammett Jr., Houston, TX, sister in law, Alafair Hammett, Waco, TX, and a host of loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Selwyn B. Taylor, two sisters, one brother, and an infant granddaughter. She was a longtime and faithful member of Chamblee First UMC and a member of the Glow Class Sunday School. She came to Georgia to attend Young Harris College. It was while she was a student at Young Harris, she met Selwyn Taylor, the love of her life, on a blind date. They married in 1951. She was a homemaker most of their married life. She enjoyed being the Young Harris Class Coordinator and loved to play Canasta with her friends. Her greatest pride and interest lay in her family. She was a gracious southern lady, known for her tireless encouragement, her self-less nature, her loving faith, and her kind heart. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 am at Chamblee First UMC with Rev. Stacey Rushing and Dr. James R. Smith officiating. Interment will be at North Atlanta Memorial Park, Dunwoody, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chamblee First UMC, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee, GA, 30341, or Young Harris College Alumni Association, P.O. Box 275, Young Harris, GA, 30582. The family will receive friends Friday, September 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at H.M. Patterson & Son - Oglethorpe Hill, Brookhaven, GA.


  • Chamblee First UMC
  • Young Harris College Alumni Association


  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 14, 2019

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