John R. Taylor
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Mr. Taylor, 64, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm after a long and hard fought battle with cancer and the effects of treatment. John was born on September 21, 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was a graduate of C. E. Byrd high school and Northwestern University. John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, India Company, 3rd Division from 1968 through 1974, including active battle during the Vietnam War in 1969 and 1970.
In 1977, John began his 33 year career at Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, where he served in many leadership positions throughout the organization before becoming Vice President of Program Operations in 1989. He held this position until becoming Evergreen's fourth President and CEO in 2006, where he served until his retirement at the end of 2010. John has said that his proudest achievement at Evergreen was his contribution to Evergreen's transition from a rural institution based program to community based group services. John strongly believed in the mission to "help people with disabilities build better lives" by allowing clients to direct their own lives and develop pride by choosing jobs, recreational activities, and routines while living closer to their homes and families.
John and his wife spent many adventurous vacations sailing in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and elsewhere with his beloved cousin and friend Dick Mitchell who preceded him in death in 2009. John also enjoyed a variety of other outdoor activities, such as fishing, bicycling, riding his motorcycle, and photography.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Wilda Taylor and his sister, Lucretia Taylor Miller. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan Stone Taylor; his daughter, Leslie Rodriguez and husband, Philip of Leakey, Texas; his son Ross Taylor and wife, Elizabeth of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Mitchell Rodriguez, Jackson Taylor, and Audrey Taylor; and his sister, Beverly Christianson.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, October 8 at Osborn Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 9 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Officiating will be Reverend David Greer. Interment will be at the Taylor Family Cemetery in Leakey, Texas.
Honoring John as pallbearers will be Larry Abbitt, Howard Borden, Kent Craft, Bob Lindsey, Dan Long, and Buzz Wheless.
If you would like to be a part of John's legacy, please consider making a donation to St. Paul's Alter Guild Memorial Fund, the Client Needs Fund at Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, or a
Published in Shreveport Times from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2012