Viola "Vi" Proffitt Taylor Paluzelle, 90, of Knoxville, formerly of Kingston and Oak Ridge, left this earth Monday, April 29, 2013, at her home.
She was born Aug. 24, 1922, in the Webbs Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains, the daughter of the late Glenn Proffitt and Beatrice Proffitt Cooper, and stepdaughter of the late Walter C. Cooper.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church, Bearden, when she was a faithful and supportive member of the Encouragers Class and former member of Kingston First Baptist Church for 28 years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest A. Taylor Jr., Roane County, and her late husband, Rudolph Paluzelle, Tellico Village. Three sisters also preceded her in death, Marie Cooper Hembree and husband Homer, Glendora Proffitt Hubbs, and Dorothy Cooper Womac and husband Jim; and son-in-law, Charles R. Haile.
She is survived by her son, Jack Winston Taylor and wife Sue Huddleston Taylor, Knoxville; daughter, Rebecca Taylor Haile, Tellico Village; granddaughters, Emily Taylor Boulton (Bill), Huntsville, Ala., Jacquelyn Taylor Goforth (Scott), Heiskell, and Destiny Hope Kelly (Jonathan), Norcross, Ga.; great-grandson, Benjamin Scott Goforth, Heiskell; sisters, Carolyne Cooper Callahan (Don) Powell, and Donna Cooper Henry (Jim), Oak Ridge; brothers, Ralph F. Cooper (Margie) and Frank B. Cooper, both of Powell; many beloved nieces and nephews. She was also survived by three bonus grandchildren: Richard and Debbie Hail, Fort Collins, Colo., Lucy and Richard Griffey, Kingston, Jeannie and Doug Ramey, Newnan, Ga.; six bonus great-grandchildren; and special caregiver, Connie Lewis.
She attended the University of Georgia
. She served as executive director of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and was the first woman to be elected and serve as president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. She was a charter member of Kingston Business and the Professional Women's Club. She and Mr. Taylor owned and operated Harriman Upholstery and Drapery Shop for 10 years.
A celebration of her life was in Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, Knoxville, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. Friends and family will gather at Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood for a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3. Memorials in her name may be made to the Salvation Army. The family received friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rosemortuary.com