Samuel Francis Taylor Jr.

July 15, 1944January 21, 2020

Samuel Francis Taylor Jr., age 75, January 21, 2020, Jacksonville, FL

Sam (Buddy) was born in Dover, DE. He left school to serve his country joining the U.S. Navy where he earned his GED, along with numerous awards and accomplishments during his Naval career. He served in Vietnam and after he was stationed in various places until making his home in Jacksonville and serving as ship’s company aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He retired after 21 years of service. He then went on to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until retirement. He is a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. He would spend his time watching the History channel, old westerns and football. He liked building model planes, ships and other military vehicles. He loved spending time with his granddaughters and chauffeuring them around to various activities.

He is predeceased by his parents Samuel F. Taylor Sr. and Irene Dorothy Hakin Taylor. He is survived by his 3 children Scott (Michelle), Todd (Haylie) both of Sedro Woolley, WA and Vanessa (Chris) of Jacksonville; his brothers Richard, Charlie and Patrick; and his 7 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6317 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210 on February 10th at 10:00. It will be followed by a Military Honors service at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32218 at 1:00.


  • Graveside Service Monday, February 10, 2020


Samuel Francis Taylor Jr.

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Phyllis Herpy

January 30, 2020

We met Sam about thirty years ago when we all attended Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was a dear and good friend. Our sympathies go out to all his family. He will sincerely be missed.

Jack and Phyllis Herpy

Bill Rath

January 28, 2020

I met Sam through my Dad who served in the Navy with Sam and our families were close. He was always happy and full of jokes. And you get both couples together they would spend hours playing cards or just talking, Sam was a special part of my growing up...