OBITUARY

Teddy Ray Taylor

May 14, 1944March 24, 2021
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Ted R. Taylor of Kingsport, age 76, went to be with our Lord on March 24, 2021, after a remarkably long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by his family in person and in prayer at the time of his peaceful passing at the wonderful Life Care Center of Gray, TN. Ted was born in English, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude J. and Virginia L. (DeBusk) Taylor, and his sister Peggy McCrady.

Ted is survived by his loving wife, Debra Chapman Taylor, of 47 years, his son Jeff and daughter-in-law Amy, his daughter Julie and son-in-law Drew Hart, and five beautiful grandchildren, Paul, Lilli, Sam, Maggie Ann and Sadie, his brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Laura Taylor, brother-in-law Robert McCrady, and several nieces and nephews and other extended family.

Ted graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1966 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating he began his career at Eastman Chemical Company (then Eastman Kodak). Ted was drafted in 1969 to serve in Vietnam so he left Eastman for Naval OCS in Providence, RI. His final service was on the USS Ponce (LPD-15) as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade, in 1973. After service to his country, Ted returned to Eastman to continue his career, serving in a number of design and project management roles until he ultimately retired as a Manager in 1999. One of his proudest professional achievements was the design of the Coal Gasification plant at the TNO site. He was also quite capable with tools in his hands and designed and built the home he and Deb shared for 45 years. Ted was an upright man of God. He couldn’t tell a lie, was swift to seek out justice for others and was always helping someone in need. He was a sailor, engineer, craftsman, coach, and a leader. He was a loving husband, son, father, brother, and a neighbor. He was an outdoorsman, fisherman, auto enthusiast, Hokie football fan, and he loved to travel and eat. Ted’s presence will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life will be held in Ted’s honor at East Lawn Funeral Home in Kingsport, officiated by Dr. Robert Russell, pastor of Celebration Church where Ted was a member and a founder. Receiving of friends will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 10, followed by services at 4:00 P.M. then a reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or to your own heart-led nonprofit.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.eastlawnkingsport.com for the Taylor family.

  • FAMILY

  • Debra Chapman Taylor, Wife of 47 years
  • Jeff Taylor (Amy), Son
  • Julie Hart (Drew), Daughter
  • Joe Taylor (Laura), Brother
  • Robert McCrady, Brother-in-law
  • Five beautiful grandchildren: Paul, Lilli, Sam, Maggie Ann, and Sadie.
    Several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Services

  • Receiving of Family & Friends

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Mike Baker

April 10, 2021

We were sorry to hear of Ted's death, and that we were unable to attend the receiving of friends. We are thankful that he is now free from the illness which he fought so bravely for so long, and that all who know Christ have the promise of a reunion. To me, a person did not have to know Ted well or long in order to see Christ living in him. He was a wonderful example, and he will be missed until that glorious reunion day. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Mike Baker

Charles Sproles

April 8, 2021

Words cannot express what a remarkable man we have lost. His bravery, his smile, and witness to everyone. I enjoyed our time together at Eastman and will always remember him. Sympathy and deep respect to all the family. So sorry I cannot be present at the services. Charles and Pat Sproles

Dan Wong

April 6, 2021

We are sorry about Teds pass away. He was an excellent boss. We miss him very much. May he rests in peace. From Dan n Emily .

Barry & Linda Smith

April 6, 2021

Dear Debbie,
We know it has been a long battle. Both of you fought well. Ted will be missed.

I pray you will rest in God's love.

Ralph Young

April 6, 2021

Joe and Jeff - sorry to learn of Ted's passing. He was a fine man and I enjoyed working with and talking to him.

Sylvia Lewis

April 5, 2021

Jeff, so sorry for your loss. I knew Ted when he was in Engineering. Surprisingly, I was surprised when I learned you were his son! But you both are great men and I shouldn't have been surprised.

Rhonda Steadman

April 2, 2021

Mr. Ted was the husband of my dear friend, Debbie and it was certainly my pleasure and a great blessing to know him. He was such a gentleman and extremely kind to me and I will not forget him. I’m thankful my best friend had such an amazing Christian man to share her life with. Her love for Mr. Ted was endless and I watched her cheerlead and care for him as he fought Parkinson’s. Such a legacy He leaves behind. God bless my beautiful friend, Debbie, her children and grandchildren and may the sweet memories they have of Mr. Ted bring them joy and comfort. Many prayers and much love. RHONDA

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