Tony Earl Taylor

September 2, 1984March 18, 2013
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Tony Earl Taylor, 28, of Granite Falls passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 at Carolina’s Medical Center in Concord.

Tony was born in Sylvia, NC to Barbara Burgess Riley of Granite Falls and Earl Eddy Taylor of Cherokee. He was a Correctional Officer with the Alexander Correctional Facility and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. He traveled often with his father to perform Pow Wow’s with the Bear Tribe from Cherokee.

Preceding him in death are his paternal grandparents, Simeon and Beulah Taylor, maternal grandmother, Ola Locust, an aunt, Lahoma Kindle and great aunt, Katie Brady.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory are his step-father, Richard Darrell Riley; his son, Caleb LeLand Taylor of the home; his brothers, Retired Specialist Christopher Lee Beheler and wife Kiaya of Lenoir, and Richard Marcus Riley of the home; his sisters, Staci Lynn O’Brien of Clarksville, TN and Amanda Michelle Hensel of LaVale, MD; his grandfather, Ernest Allen Burgess of Lenoir; a niece, Kinlee Rose Beheler and nephew, Kaden Malcolm-Bo Beheler.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 22, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at in Pendry’s Chapel with Reverend Todd Eric Cardwell officiating and then at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Jack Russell officiating and Mr. Ray Kinsland speaking. Burial will follow in Locust Cemetery in Cherokee.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NC 28645.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Tony Earl Taylor.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013

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Gerald & Delores Hawkins

March 26, 2013

Barbara love & many prayers to each of you as you say goodbye to a man who is your son & was once your your baby'll keep all of the good memories & cherish them til you see him with the Son.. GERALD & DELORES

Matt Scott

March 25, 2013

Tony was one of the most kind hearted, gentle, and friendly guys I ever knew! Truly a great friend! We grieve our loss of you here on earth, and will miss you greatly!!

Michael and Kim Earheart

March 23, 2013

Jason and Staci we are sorry for loss.

Amber Branch

March 22, 2013

I can not express how sorry i heart goes out to everyone.

Jason&Staci Riggins

March 22, 2013

From our family to yours! Many blessings and prayers, in your time of need. May the lord watch over you all.

Kinlee Beheler

March 22, 2013

Uncle Tony!! I'll never forget how you held me tight and spoiled me rotten! I love you always and I'll carry you always in my heart and with the necklace you had made for me!

Kaden Beheler

March 22, 2013

I love you Uncle Tony! Thank you for everything you were to me! I'll never forget you! I'll play my best with your baseball number!!

Chris and Kiaya Beheler

March 22, 2013

Tony has always had a contagious smile that could light up a room. I will never forget how many times he Made me laugh. But most of all I will never forget him standing in for his brother at my baby showers when Chris was deployed and stationed so very far away in Hawaii. He stood in for him and was there for me so I wouldn't feel alone, even though he was the only man attending it didn't bother him a bit. Those little things that he did I will always remember. Tony you will be greatly missed at every family gathering and your niece ad nephew will especially miss you helping them gather their Easter eggs as you have done every year. Our hearts are heavy and we will always cherish and hold your memory close! Our children, and your child will know every detail about you that is our promise. Your life was cut far too short. We love you. Rest in peace my love!

Your brother and Sister

Chris and Kiaya Beheler

Ashley Dillard

March 22, 2013

Ashley Dillard

March 22, 2013

i will miss you tony you were a wonderful step dad & Pop-Pop to me & me son we love you & you will be greatly missed