Ron Taylor was born May 8, 1943 in Memphis, TN to Finley Taylor and May Henry (Kimbrough) Taylor. He passed from this earth on April 30, 2014 in Ramona, OK.
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Ron's early years were spent in Olive Branch, MS. Shortly after his birth, his parents had decided to rent out their home at 1831 Oliver in Memphis to servicemen during World War II. They moved to Olive Branch, MS and started Taylor's Country Store in Olive Branch. That arrangement lasted for roughly ten years until the family returned to their home in Memphis. Ron attended Memphis schools and graduated from Messick High School in Memphis in 1962. Some of Ron's favorite memories were of cruising through Leonard's and the Pig-N-Whistle BBQ joints in Memphis in his daddy's Ford. He always said how much Memphis in the late 1950's and early 1960's reminded him of the movie "American Graffiti" and how he would never trade that era of Memphis for anything.
After high school Ron attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College and Ole Miss. By 1966 he met Jackie Pruett in Memphis and they were married on September 16, 1966 in Memphis. Ron hired on with Union Pacific Railroad in 1968 and worked there until his retirement in 2004. During the 1970's through the 1990's, Ron and Jackie could be found helping Memphis singer-songwriter Bill Haney and his band tour across the mid-south. A time in their lives they enjoyed immensely.
After his retirement; Ron and Jackie moved to Ramona, OK to be closer to their only child, Kelly Taylor Cobb and husband Dr. Bradley Cobb and their grandchildren, Dallas and Taylor. Ron could be found at all of the kids sporting events and was eventually known as "Pops". Toward the end of an eventual victory he could always be heard saying, "Stick a fork in'em."
Ron is survived by his wife Jackie of Ramona. His daughter Kelly of Bartlesville, OK and his grandchildren, Dallas and Taylor Cobb as well as his sister, Marilyn Taylor Cunningham of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Finley and May Henry Taylor as well as his sister, Carol Taylor.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, TN.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family can be left at www.walkerbrownfuneralhome.com.
Walker-Brown Funeral Home
4201 Southeast Nowata Road Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from May 5 to June 4, 2014