Richard Douglas Taylor
May 13, 1941 – November 19, 2020
Richard Douglas Taylor died at the age of 79 at Carolina Caring in Sherrill’s Ford NC. Mr. Taylor was the retired Executive Director of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and a longtime contributor to service and community organizations throughout the Catawba Valley region. Mr. Taylor was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2006 for recognition of his service to the State of North Carolina. He was presented the award by Lyndo Tippett, the NC Secretary of Transportation. In 2007 Doug was honored as one of “25 Who Matter” in Catawba County.
Doug grew up in Lenoir, North Carolina and attended all 12 grades at Oak Hill School in the Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County. In 2013 Doug was inducted into the Caldwell County Schools Hall of Honor. Doug was the son of the late Donald Jethro Taylor, and Doug’s mother Thelma Louise Stafford Taylor will be celebrating her 99th birthday on December 18th of this year. He is predeceased by his sister Joyce Elaine Leaird.
Doug was very engaged in civic work and was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was an active member of Hickory’s First Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and a longtime member of the Personnel Committee. He actively participated in creating the Good Samaritan Fund at the Church.
Doug graduated from his beloved NC State University with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering – Construction Option and later returned to get a Master’s Degree in Transportation Engineering. He served as the Transportation Engineer for the City of Asheville early in his career. A longtime member of the Wolfpack Club and Catawba County’s representative, he volunteered many years as a fundraiser for the Jimmy V Foundation.
Doug loved the game of golf and was instrumental in creating the regional Golf Junior League for young golfers. He participated himself in many NC Amateur tournaments and went on to play two times in the state tournaments held in Pinehurst. He shot two holes in one at Lake Hickory Country Club. He was a supporter and a volunteer for many years in the Greater Hickory Classic held at Rock Barn. He supported the Walkathon Week at the Tournament where over 100,000 miles were walked by volunteers.
Richard Douglas Taylor is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 38 years Terry M Taylor, who is a Hickory attorney with Young, Morphis, Bach, and Taylor. He is also survived by his son Richard Douglas Taylor, Jr. and wife Tina and grandchildren Chase and Kennedy Anne, son Brad Anthony Taylor and wife Jackie and grandchildren Anna-Marie, Dawson Grace, and Mary Louise, as well as daughter Ashley Brooke Taylor and fiancé Tymer Tilton.
Doug truly appreciated the Catawba Valley region and it’s many natural wonders. He was instrumental in getting Wilson’s Creek designated as a “Wild and Scenic River” and in getting the funds to protect this natural wonder and build the Visitor’s Center. He served on the Visitor Center Board for many years after his retirement and loved spending time hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. His enthusiasm for life, kind and gentle nature, sharp wit and wise words will be truly missed.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Rotary Club, the Good Samaritan Fund at First Presbyterian Church, the Wolfpack Club at NCSU, Hickory Police Department Cops for Tots, or Hospitality House.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Hickory with Rev Whit Malone officiating,
Condolences may be sent to the Taylor family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.
The Taylor family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Richard Douglas Taylor
November 23, 2020
Like Doug, I share a passion for golf and NC State athletics. I had the pleasure of playing golf with Doug a few times, and he was the consummate gentlemen. He could take your allowance as well. I will miss you Doug. Sympathies to Terry and all the family and loved ones.
November 22, 2020
Terry, thank you for sharing the service with us. It was beautifully done.. We are praying for you and family. Ronnie and Jannah Coffey.
November 22, 2020
Terry, please know that you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers since I learned of Doug’s passing and you will continue to be in the days and weeks ahead. Even though I didn’t know Doug well, he left an impression on me and my husband after spending time with you and him at dinner in Wilmington and when we returned to Wrightsville Beach in the limousine together. Todd was truly touched by his kindness and knowledge, as was I. May God comfort you and give you peace as only he can.