OBITUARY

Elvis L. Taylor

November 12, 1957September 4, 2018
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Elvis L. Taylor, 60, of Limestone, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center.

He was a truck driver for So Pak Co Distribution for 40 years.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was a John Deere collector and loved spending time with his family and friends and his old mules.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years: Patricia Taylor; son: Jason Spoon; two grandchildren: Cameron Church and Brandon Spoon; brother: Ronnie Taylor; sisters and brothers-in-law: Lisa and Randy Bailey and Twana and Randy Summie; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and special friends: Tommy and Wanda Cutshall.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Louise Taylor, and sister, Vickie Lawhern.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. John Reed officiating.

Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Hardin’s Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hoard, Bobbie Smith, Mike Briggs, Marvin Wilder, James Taylor, and Rex Garber.

Honorary pallbearers are the employees of So Pak Co.

  • FAMILY

  • Patricia Taylor, Wife of 25 years
  • Jason Spoon, Son
  • Cameron Church, Grandchild
  • Brandon Spoon, Grandchild
  • Ronnie Taylor, Brother
  • Lisa and Randy Bailey, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Twana and Randy Summie, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Tommy and Wanda Cutsahll, Special Friends
  • Bob and Louise Taylor, Parents
  • Vickie Lawhern, Sister
  • He also leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ronnie Hoard
  • Bobbie Smith
  • Mike Briggs
  • Marvin Wilder
  • James Taylor
  • Rex Garber
  • So Pak Co Employees, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Elvis L. Taylor

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Valerie Lamon

September 7, 2018

Sorry for your loss and sorry i cant make it and i did love him. And i love you all

Eric Tipton

September 6, 2018

We’ve never had a more dependable and faithful neighbor then Elvis was to us.

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Biography

      Elvis L. Taylor was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Elvis always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Elvis was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Bob and Louise Taylor. Elvis was raised in Greeneville. Always able to express himself well, Elvis possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Elvis was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Elvis was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Elvis was raised with four siblings. He had one brother, Ronnie, and three sisters, Vicki, Lisa, and Twana. Elvis had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      Friends and acquaintances found Elvis an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Elvis was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Ronnie Hoard, Mike Hoard, and Allen Trantham. Later in life, he became friends with Mike Rollins, Bobby Smith, and Tommy and Wanda Cutshall.

      On May 6, 1993 Elvis exchanged wedding vows with Patricia Ann Briggs at the Town Hall in Mosheim, Tennessee. Elvis was attentive to Patricia's feelings, and he charmed Patricia and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Elvis was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Elvis identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his child’s personality. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his child acquire added common sense skills. Elvis was blessed with one child, a son, Jason Spoon. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron.

      Elvis was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Elvis’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Elvis was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Elvis could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was as a truck driver. He was employed for 40 years by So-Pak-Co.

      Elvis enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were collecting old John Deere Tractors, buying and restoring old tractors, collecting hot wheels cars with his grandson, and collecting old and antique things. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Elvis truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included camping, the beach, and attending Mule Days.

      Elvis was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Elvis’s favorites was Willie, a mixed breed dog. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his cat, Digger, and three mules: Jack, Jinny, and Liberty.

      When Elvis’s retirement finally came in 2017, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spending time with family and friends.

      Elvis passed away on September 4, 2018 at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. Elvis fought a brave battle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife: Patricia; son: Jason; grandchildren: Cameron and Brandon; brother: Ronnie; and sisters: Lisa and Twana. Services were held at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. Elvis was laid to rest in Hardin's Chapel Cemetery in Greeneville, Tennessee.

      Elvis was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Elvis had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Elvis L. Taylor.