Charles Cleveland Taylor III "Mike", 81, a lifelong resident of Annapolis, died September 9 at his home. Born September 14, 1931 in Annapolis to the late Charles C. Taylor Jr. and Sophie D. Taylor, Mike graduated from Annapolis High School in 1948. In 1955, he started his electrical business, Charles C. Taylor III Electrical Contractor Inc., which is now in its 58th year. In 1971 he started his amusement ride business, Taylor and Sons Inc. Amusement Rides. He served as a Construction Electrician 2nd Class in the Seabees. Mike was a lifelong member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church and a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Maryland State Showman's Association, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Annapolis Elks Lodge #622, Circus Fans Association, Good Sam Club, Toy Train Operating Society, and Train Collectors Association. He served on the Anne Arundel County Board of Electrical Examiners and Supervisors from 1979-1983. He enjoyed model trains, the circus and spending time with his grandchildren. Mike is survived by his beloved wife Leah-May Taylor, whom he married October 27, 1961; two sons, Charles C "Cleve" Taylor IV of Annapolis and Michael C "Clif" Taylor Sr. (wife, Sue-Anne) of Annapolis; daughter, Leah Ann Taylor Gross (husband, Carl) of Harwood; and six grandchildren, Charles and Carley Taylor, Elizabeth and Michael Taylor, Ashley and Douglas Gross. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday September 12 and from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, September 13 at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at the Taylor Chapel. Interment to follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 OR
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Sept. 11, 2013