Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX


Philip Troyce Taylor

June 8, 1958December 27, 2019
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Philip Troyce Taylor, 61, of Paris, Texas passed away on December 27, 2019, after a ten month battle with esophageal cancer. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31st, at the United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Robert Myre & Rev. Craig Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Philip was born in Sturgis, KY on June 8, 1958, to Troyce Pinkney Taylor and Catherine Speairs Taylor. He was a longtime resident of Lamar County and graduated from Paris High School in 1976. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed all manner of God’s creation. Although hunting and fishing were two of his passions, his true love was fishing for souls and sharing the Gospel of Christ and the mercy of God. He was a faithful member of the United Pentecostal Church. He devoted over twenty years of service to the Telford Prison ministry and his “men in white” where he was known and loved as Rev., Chap, Lil’ Homie, and sometimes Hollywood. He was married to Michelle Dove Taylor on May 12, 1984, in Clarksville, TX. He was the father to four daughters, Christina Shea, Tracy Ann, Ashley Elizabeth and Katy Rebecca. Philip worked at Gibson’s, Uarco, Rocking J Ranch, Sara Lee, and Lamar County where he formed life-long friendships. He was preceded in death by his father, Troyce Pinkney Taylor and his mother-in-law, Joan Sharp. He is survived by his devoted wife, Michelle, his loving mother, Catherine Taylor Webb, children, Christi Davenport & husband Major Cole Davenport, Tracy Hoskins & husband Jack Hoskins, Jr. “Fella”, Ashley Hindman & husband Ethan Hindman, and Katy Gamberi & husband Jonathan Gamberi. He is also survived by brothers, Chris Taylor, Scott Taylor & wife Tammie Taylor and Kevin Taylor & wife Debra Taylor, a sister, Becky Ley & husband Dr. Wayne Ley, ten grandchildren, Bailey, Taylor, and Peyton Davenport, Stevy and Jackson Hoskins, Troy, Audrey, Emory and Heidi Hindman, and Jon Taylor Gamberi, his father-in-law, Ralph Dove, Sr., brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ralph Dove, Jr. & Janice, and Kay Barton & Bill along with a host of adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, and a plethora of friends. Casket bearers will be: Jeff Jones, Alan Gifford, Matt Ashton, Lee Woodard, Jeremy Callicoat, and Randy Armstrong. Honorary bearers will be: Jerry Newberry, Lynn Hood, and Mike Fleming. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Lamar County Humane Association, P. O. Box 8, Paris, TX 75461. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the medical staff and caregivers that loved and ministered to Philip.


  • Jeff Jones
  • Alan Gifford
  • Matt Ashton
  • Lee Woodard
  • Jeremy Callicoat
  • Randy Armstrong
  • Jerry Newberry, Honorary Bearer
  • Lynn Hood, Honorary Bearer
  • Mike Fleming, Honorary Bearer


  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Philip Troyce Taylor

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Cris Paulsen

January 4, 2020

I will miss you more than words, we worked together and talked for hours on end about going to be with Jesus. We talked about having new heavenly bodies with no more suffering. I know you are there smiling like you always did and raising your hands before the throne of God. I love you Philip, you will always have a special place in my heart. I will see you soon brother.

Ronnie Cross

January 1, 2020

If a person needed prayer it didn't matter where he was Phillip would stop and pray for them there wasn't a finer man anywhere like Philip Taylor

Rickey Hayes

December 31, 2019

I wrote this note to Michelle's facebook page....
Michelle, I haven't seen or talked to Phillip in many years, but i worked with him at Uarco and knew him from the old days in Paris, I wanted to tell you that Phillip was a special man to me, a brother, a friend (he was a groomsman in my wedding in 1980) but he was special to me because he was one of the first men to really speak to me about Jesus, and call my attention to the Voice of the Shepard, to challenge me to seek HIs face, to know Him, to listen, and for that I will always be grateful. I always envied his walk with the Lord, and today I envy him....because I know Phillip is in HIs glorious and majestic Presence...I am homesick...and I want to be where Phillip is...I hope to meet you one day, You were married to a very special man.

Donna (Nance) Howell

December 31, 2019

Philip touched countless lives in his 61 yrs. He was a precious person & I'm so glad to have known him. Praying for the Taylor family.

Melissa Phillips

December 31, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Philip was loved by so many and touched so many lives with his sweet spirit.
With our deepest sympathy,
Doug and Melissa Phillips

Beth Exum

December 31, 2019

Michelle, Becky and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I am keeping you and your precious family in my prayers. He is in the arms of the Lord.

With love and continued prayers,
Beth Burch Exum

Donna (Sanders) Blanton

December 30, 2019

To the Taylor family: My sincere prayers go out to you & yours. Philip will be greatly missed by so many, also by many Class of 76 classmates as well. Praise the Lord for Philip having Christ in his life & the precious peace knowing where he is today. To God be the Glory Forever!
Rom 10:9-13, John 3:3, 3:16, 6:44, Rev 1:5
With sincere deepest sympathy,
Donna (Sanders) Blanton
White Oak, TX

Jenni Randle

December 30, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss.
Thinking of you and your family.
May God give you comfort and bless you during this time.
Jenni Randle

Kerye Ashmore

December 30, 2019

Philip was a very fine man. He was kind and thoughtful. Always. I remember him as always having a big smile on his face when I saw him. While I give my sincere condolences to the family, we know that he is in heaven and celebrating. God Bless.

Keith Williamson

December 29, 2019

Rest in peace Philip, prays to your memory and your family.