Gary Wells Taylor CHARLOTTE - Retired Major Gary Wells Taylor, 78, of Charlotte, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at home. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 20th from 12:45 - 1:45 at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville Matthews Road. Services in celebration of Mr. Taylor's life will begin at 2PM at Carmel Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Don Bouldin officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow the service at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. Mr. Taylor was born in Duplin County, NC, son of the late Kenneth and Vivian Taylor. He graduated from East Carolina University & received two Master Degrees from Troy State University. Major Taylor proudly served his Country in the US Air Force and retired after 20 plus years of dedicated and loyal service. He received the Bronze Star during his tour of duty in Vietnam. Following retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Taylor began a 20 plus year career in Real Estate Education. He served part of his career as part owner and Director of Mingle School of Real Estate and served 2 terms as President of the NC Real Estate Educator Association (NCREEA). Gary looked forward to the annual Mountain trip in October he and his wife took along with several other couples. He also enjoyed playing golf, cards, Bunco & watching sports on TV. Above all, Gary loved the Lord, his family, church family and was a very gentle and patient man. His pride and joy was his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Ethel Parker Taylor of Charlotte; children, Lynn Taylor of Indian Trail and Joan Taylor of Mint Hill; grandchildren, Emily Young of Australia and Sam Taylor of Indian Trail; 1 great-grandson on the way; siblings, Dr. Kenneth Taylor, II of Gastonia and Joy Taylor Preston of Winston Salem. Memorials may be made to the Lois Bumpus Mission Scholarship Fund at Carmel Baptist Church or to Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th. St., Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagecares.net.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 17, 2013