Don Taylor took his last breath Thursday, October 14, 2021, at his home, with his dedicated wife, Ardith, and favorite daughter, Stacia, by his side.
He was a God fearing family man born in God’s Country, Southeast Georgia in 1948 to the late Jake and Minnie Lee Taylor. His father passed away while he was in high school just prior to his meeting the love of his life Ardith LaRue. They loved and lived a quiet life together, happily doing ordinary chores and always putting each other first. They recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary together.
He graduated from Waycross High school and always knew he wanted to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology. He immediately began studying electrical engineering in 1966 while courting and preparing for marriage to Ardith. In 1968, they married at Second Baptist Church and together raised two children, Stacia Marie and Zachary (Amy). In the spring of 1972 Don earned an electrical engineering degree and continued to work at Georgia Power for over 36 years until retiring the age of 52.
After a brief retirement he joined the competition with a similar position at EMC for five years. After a second retirement, he began teaching within the same field. While working as a traveling instructor at Georgia Transmission Corporation he enjoyed seeing previous employees and old friends that understood his chosen profession.
He was blessed with neighbors over the years that became family that shared many holidays, milestones and everyday life together. Their children quickly became his adopted grandchildren that brought pure joy and value to his life, even in the final days.
They include Kevin and Melissa Carden, their three sons Cody, Alex and Brett, sweet Cora, a lovable Belgian Malinois and many many cats; George and Heather Braddock and their five children Hailey, Ben, Samuel, Lily Anna and Valmai and Barney, a friendly chocolate retriever that roams the neighborhood for treats; Nick and Alyson Roberson, their two sons, Bennett and Brooks and the unforgettable Tramp, neighborhood watchdog and enthusiastic greeter and one granddaughter, Anna Lee Taylor.
He followed the Bible and always held the Word of God in his heart. He was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and was thankful for the ability to livestream services, even the Sunday before his death.
He was a dedicated community volunteer, always willing to help a stranger that eventually became a friend. He was a lifelong keeper of bungee cords, old hoses, ropes, spare electrical parts and a multitude of genuinely clever tools to solve any challenge. His 10 point plan helped him execute perfectly any task at hand. His meticulous planning helped many and always left a favorable impression.
He had two brothers, Dennie Taylor (Anne) and Eldon Taylor (Maxine).
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 16 at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross with Bro. Jerad Johnson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA.
Music Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.