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TAYLOR RET. LT. CMDR. FRANKLIN RAY TAYLOR (November 8, 1958 August 17, 2013) US Navy Retired, Lt. Commander Franklin (Ray) Taylor, age 54 of Orange Park passed away passed away, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 after battling a terminal lung disease. Ray was born Nov. 8, 1958, in Graceville, FL to Jack P. Taylor and Doris Sykes Taylor. He is survived by the love of his life, Christina S. Taylor, and their one son, Michael Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister (Nellie Monk), and two nieces (Vicky Lynn Monk and Charity Faith Braswell). Survivors include five older brothers; Melvin Jack Taylor, (wife Marion), Ocie W. Taylor, Robert P. Taylor (wife Marie), Tommy Taylor (wife Laverne), James Taylor (wife Rhonda), two sisters; Gladys Myers (husband Tommy), and Della Shaw (husband Danny). A host of nieces and nephews also survive. Ray was a 1977 graduate of Vernon High School, Vernon, Fl. Following graduation he joined the US Navy on May 31, 1977 where he served his country for 28 years. He retired as Lieutenant Commander on June 1, 2005, in Orange Park, Fl. Following retirement, he received his Master s Degree in Business Administration in 2008 from the University of Phoenix. In Aug. 2009 he became a Logistics Planner with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Moss Point, MS until July 2013. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at the Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL from 5 until 7 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at St. Catherine s Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Ave. Orange Park, FL at 11:00 A.M., with Fr. Rafael Lavilla, Celebrant. Interment will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218. Of his achievements, the greatest by far was the love he had for his family and others, and his Christ-like compassion expressed to everyone he encountered. Ray loved the simple things in life: good times, good humor, good food, and great fishing. His heart and spirit will remain in our hearts forever. Please sign the guest book at www.jacksonvillememorygardens.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 21, 2013
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