Ivan Bryce Taylor

May 3, 1929November 29, 2018
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Ivan Bryce Taylor, 89, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 29, 2018, after enduring 13+ years of kidney dialysis. Born May 3, 1929, he was the son of Arthur Milton Taylor and Dovie Florence Harper Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lois Jean Taylor, brothers, Delford, Elton, Matthew, Clifford, Oral, Joe and sisters, Ada Clay, Sybil Clay, Naomi Pence, Mildred Mullins and Tessie Myers. Ivan was a loving husband to his wife of 69 years, Emma Rucker Taylor, and father to his daughters, Connie Bair-Midkiff (Jim), Rhonda Davis (Mike), and grandchildren, Heather Bair, Jordan Davis, and Justin Davis. He is also survived by his sister, Garnet Summers and many beloved nieces and nephews. Ivan retired from Libby-Owens Ford with 30 years of service and was a member and Deacon of Oakridge Bible Church, which he helped build. He later attended Bethany Baptist Church where he loved to sing in a quartet and choir. He was a multi-talented man who could build or repair anything and was always willing to lend a hand to friends and neighbors. Among his many hobbies, Ivan enjoyed playing harmonica, guitar, golf, and horseshoes, as well as waterskiing into his 70’s. He also took pleasure in camping, boating, playing all kinds of games and he especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He treasured his yearly family reunions, and missed only one in over 50 years. After retirement, Ivan taught himself woodworking and made jewelry boxes, Barbie display cases, stools, a magazine stand, television cabinet and Hope Chest, along with a lighted Christmas Angel that adorns the roof today. The family would like to thank Dr. William Harris, Dr. Hatem Hossino, Greater Charleston Dialysis, DeVita employees who treated him with such kindness and everyone who has sent cards or visited. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home in Malden with Pastor Rodney Smith and Rev. David Keeney officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Friends may gather with family 11:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Ivan’s name to the Union Mission Ministries, 700 S. Park Road, Charleston, WV 25304.


  • Union Mission Ministries


  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 2, 2018

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Heather (Skiles) Freas

December 4, 2018

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Ivan! I was always happy to see him (and you, Emma), as he and my Papaw Taylor gave the BEST and sweetest hugs! Thinking of your family during this difficult time ❤️

Marsha Hopkins

December 2, 2018

Mrs. Taylor and Family, very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Taylor. Keeping you and your family in our prayers. Marsha Hopkins (Mrs. Sheely's daughter.)

Katie (Monk)Cumberledge

December 1, 2018

He was known as “Grandpa Ivan” to my brother and I. He and Grandma Emma spent many days babysitting us and many other kids who loved them dearly. His soft-spoken, gentle yet strong manner was a testament to us all. I remember playing out in their yard as he was carving a squirrel, building something, or making us laugh by attaching clothespins to his face! I am thankful for the simple memories I got to spend with him as a child, and for his godly influence that he had on us in those oh so important formative years. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed, but I look forward to a reunion in heaven with him one day, no longer plagued by pain or disease. We love you Grandma Emma and will be praying for you! Thanks for being such a wonderful example of honoring the commitment of marriage with unmatched grace. Let us know if there is anything we can do!

Gary Blevins

December 1, 2018

Aunt Emma...Connie and Rhonda,

Greg and I wanted to say how saddened we are and to let you know we are thinking about you; When I was a child, I always thought of him as a big bear with a gentle heart and always looked forward to our visits. Uncle Ivan was a very good man and he will be sorely missed.

"When someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure"

Robin Dawson Zwald

December 1, 2018

Dear sweet Aunt Emma, Connie and Rhonda.
I am so sorry for your loss. Spent so much time spending the night, playing in the basement, but it was years before I knew you were my “great aunt and uncle”. I always knew you were great, just not in relative terms. Aunt Emma, you are an amazing woman, always have been. Uncle Ivan was a lucky man and he knew it. Along with my mother you have always been one of my hero’s. I wish I could be there to honor Uncle Ivan and you. But please know, you, Connie, Rhonda and the grandkids are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ed and Joyce Van Camp

December 1, 2018

Dear Emma and Family,

We were sorry to learn of your loss of Ivan. We always remember Ivan as a brother in Christ. He was always a most pleasant and enjoyable fellow Christian. We know he will be greatly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers here in High Point, NC.

Joyce and Ed Van Camp

Charlotte and Skip Brown

November 30, 2018

Emma, Connie and Rhonda...We are so sorry for your loss. Ivan was a true friend who loved the Lord and his family and friends. He will be missed. May God's comfort be yours during this difficult time.