Along with his parents, Mr. Taylor was preceded in passing by his maternal grandparents, Worth and Minnie Taylor of Lakeland; and his paternal grandparents, Joseph B. Jr. and Rosetta Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla.
He grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended Ruth N. Upson Elementary School, John Gorrie Junior High School and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1963. Joe married the girl across the street from his house, Alice Ruth Luckie, on Aug. 21, 1965, at North Main Street Baptist Church. He received his draft notice in December of 1965, but joined the Navy Reserves.
After his tour of duty on the USS Koelsch, a destroyer escort, he moved his family to St. Marys in February of 1969 to work as an electrician at the Gilman Paper Mill.
In May of 1969, Joe had his first benign meningioma brain tumor removed. In August of 1994, he had a very large benign meningioma brain tumor removed. In February of 2005, he had the third benign tumor removed. In August of 2011, he had the fourth tumor removed and it was diagnosed as cancerous. On Dec. 10, 2013, the fifth tumor, which was cancerous, was diagnosed as inoperable and untreatable.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Taylor; his children, Joe Jr. and his wife, Sherry, of Waverly, Teresa Robertson and her husband, James, of Oxford and Tracy Riggins and her husband, Stacy, of St. Marys; his seven grandchildren, David Taylor and his wife, Pamela, of Jeffersonville, Ind.; Johnathan Taylor of Clarksville, Ind.; Patrick Taylor of Waverly; Andrew and Stewart Robertson of Oxford; Chelsey and Christy Riggins of St. Marys; and his two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Julia Taylor of Jeffersonville, Ind.
Other survivors include his sister, Carolyn Pires and nephew, Brandon Pires, of Jacksonville; his aunt, Wyolene Bivins, of Waycross; sisters-in-law, Sandra Perdue and her husband, Jerry, of Bryceville, Fla., and Robin Culpepper and her husband, Bob, of Jacksonville; his niece, Jennifer Baer and her husband, Steve, of Casselberry, Fla.; his nephew, Jerry Perdue, II and his wife, Tricsi, of Misawa-shi, Aomori, Japan; his nephew, Charles Mann, of Jacksonville; his great-nieces, Christa Baer of Highlands, N.C., and Alexis Baer of Casselberry; his great-nephew, Dawson Baer of Casselberry.; and all of Joe’s cousins and friends will miss him greatly.
There was not a viewing or visitation. A graveside service, with military honors, was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, with Rev. Bob Hughes and Rev. Gregg Gardell officiating. Pallbearers were Jack Bazemore, Warren Beagle, Ken Gay, Bobby Mitchell, J.C. Outlaw and Terry Shaw. Honorary pallbearers were men of the electrical shop of Gilman Paper Mill.
The family is requesting that donations be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525 or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301, and flowers are welcomed.
Coastal Camden Funeral Home, 935 E. King Ave., Kingsland, GA 31548, is entrusted with Mr. Taylor’s arrangements.