Charles Taylor

LEWISVILLE - Charles "Charley" John Taylor, 72, of Lewisville passed away at the Forsyth Medical Center on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after a courageous and long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Born on June 14, 1942, to John and Alice Taylor, Charley grew up in South Philadelphia, Pa. He attended Southeast Catholic High School (now Saint John Neumann), and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Panama. A graduate of Pembroke College, it was there he met and married the former Ms. Karen Yvonne Campbell of Jacksonville. He went on to a successful career with C.H. Robinson Company.

Charley made a friend or an acquaintance everywhere he went, either through sports or his church. He was always there for someone in need and could be counted on for a great story. His greatest joys were his wife, children and grandchildren, and his love and concern for them were evident to all who knew him. Charley and Karen raised their family in Clemmons and the children attended St. Leo's Elementary School and Bishop McGuinness High School. He was an active coach of Optimist Club soccer, Clemmons Cougar and St. Leo's basketball, who always provided encouragement while emphasizing the basics.

Those close to Charley will never forget his generosity, pleasant demeanor and strong faith. As a husband, father, brother, coach, friend or colleague, we were all keenly impacted by how his faith and life touched ours. Charley is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen Taylor; mother-in-law, Gilda Campbell; brothers, John Taylor, Donald Taylor, Rodger Taylor; and sister, Patricia Glaze and their families; his three sons (all Marine Corps officers), Michael Taylor, Stephen Taylor, Brian Taylor; and daughter, Carol Hunter; and eight grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, at St. Leo's Catholic Church followed immediately by interment in St. Leo's Columbarium. Memorials can be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at 1 Intrepid Square, West 46th St. & 12th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10036.

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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Apr. 4 to Apr. 10, 2014