"O. Rhodes Taylor died peacefully Saturday, November 28, 2009 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation surrounded by his family.
Mr. Taylor was born January 10, 1927 in Greene County, Alabama, the youngest child of W.E. Taylor, Sr. and Vicie Wilson Taylor. He moved to Sumter County, Alabama on Christmas Eve, 1942 after the death of his father. He spent the remainder of his life in Sumter County with the exception of the time he proudly served his country overseas in the Army. He continued his service for 34 years in the Army Reserves. He was a member of the 1957 Start Up Team at Gulf States Paper in Demopolis, AL and remained employed there until his retirement in 1988. After his retirement he enjoyed many part-time jobs especially his lawncare profession.
He was a true family man and took great pride and pleasure in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild as well as his many neices and nephews. He was an avid supporter of Sumter Academy and was known for the many pots of brunswick stew he and Janelle cooked there. He also loved Alabama football and enjoyed teasing his Auburn friends and family even though he pulled for Auburn except for that one Saturday in November.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, his brothers Morris, Eugene, Cecil, Belton and Robert Lee and three sisters, Mary Taylor, Lovie Bell Taylor and Irene Mayes.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janelle McDonald Taylor or York, AL; his children Beth and Robbie Lindsey, Hoover, AL; Bill Taylor, Birmingham, AL; Tom Taylor, York, AL; Bob and Cathy Taylor, Cuba, AL; his sister, Ruth T. Walker, York, AL; his grandchildren Brittany Lindsey, Rome, GA; Lara and Cody Westbrook, Panama City Beach, FL; John Taylor and Maggie Taylor, Cuba, AL and his great grandson, Aiden Rhodes Heine, Rome, GA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends.
Services will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at Siloam Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Brad Campbell and Dr. Cecil Taylor officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Flowers will be accepted. Memorials may be made to Sumter Academy, 181 Sumter Academy Road, York, AL 36925 or the charity of your choice."