Richard Guy Taylor "Bear" born January 9, 1958 to Homer and Anna Taylor. Richard was the first baby born in the new White County Hospital in 1958 located on Gracey Street Sparta, Tennessee and his mother was the first patient.
He is preceded in death by his wives, Linda Taylor and Debra Taylor; father, Homer Taylor; mother, Anna Joy Brannon; great-grandparents, Jack and Minnie Guy; great-grandson, Jaxon.
Richard worked for Savage Lumber Company for many years and owned his own one-man sawmill for several years and drove an 18-wheeler for a short time. He loved to paint landscapes, woodworking, fishing, and setting up at flea markets and craft shows, collecting knives, and anything that had to do with bears. He loved dogs, and at one time he had 9.
He is survived by his son son, Brannon Taylor; sister, Sandra (Howard) Vance; step-daughter, Shantaye Cannon; step-sons, Andy Mahl, David Simmons, and Darrell Simmons; 5 grandchildren, Joseph (Cora) Taylor, Ricky (Lauryn) Miller, Shayla Taylor, Seth Taylor, and Brock Myers; 6 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 16 step great-grandchildren; uncle, Freddie Guy; special friend, William O'Connor; and host of family and friends.
A special thank you to all the nurses and doctors at CRMC ICU for their care of Richard and his family. Especially, nurse Jordan and nurse Alyssa Rodgers for their extra care.
In lieu of flowers, Rick asked you to donate to the Fraser's Chapel Cemetery Fund (Contact: Roger Wilson)
There will be a visitation in the Chapel of Thurman Funeral Home on Monday September 11, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Thurman Funeral Home. Officiating will be Sandra Vance.
Burial will be at Fraser's Chapel.