Ruth Jean Taylor, 91, of South Williamson, KY, passed away on August 2, 2013, at the Pikeville Medical Center where she had been a patient for several weeks.
Born June 2, 1922, in Williamson, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Ulysses Grant "Sug" Rhodes and Brooke Ann Toler Rhodes Whitmir.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, longtime Williamson businessman, James R. "Jimmy" Taylor, who owned and operated the George W. Taylor Company; a son, Eric Rhodes Taylor; a daughter, Cheryl Taylor Hall; a brother, James Andrew (Hazel) Rhodes and a sister, Tyna (Eric) Rhodes Brown.
Jean graduated from Williamson High School in 1940 and went on to attend Louisiana State University. She lived in Niagra Falls for eight months while attending business school. She transferred from there to the Rochester School of Business in New York.
Jean and Jimmy married at Niagra Falls in 1947. Jimmy had been Jean's best friend and sweetheart since childhood. They returned to Williamson after their marriage and Jean became employed by the Western Union Company where she worked as a personal representative for many years. She was also a training instructor who trained new employees in the operation of office machines and use of the telegraph.
Jean was very active in church, social and civic circles throughout her life. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Williamson where she served as the church organist for 30 years. She was a dedicated member and a past president of the Williamson Women's Club. She was also a member of the Williamson Wildwood Garden Club, the Tug Valley Players and she enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge club friends for many years. Jean enjoyed gardening, cooking and she was an animal lover.
Jean loved life and lived it to the fullest. She leaves many fond memories which comfort her family and friends. She is sorely missed by her daughter, Adrienne, who was her constant companion throughout her illness. Jean is survived by her loving daughter, Adrienne Taylor of South Williamson, KY; three grandchildren, Melody Hall (Joey) McCoy, James "Jamie" Graham Hall and Taylor Brooke Finley; one great-grandchild, Mikael Graham Hall; a nephew, Ross "Hop" and Mary Brown of Florida; a great-nephew, Eric Brown of Florida; several nieces, nephews, extended family members, good friends and her beloved animals.
The family expresses their deep love and appreciation to Shelia and Snow Anderson and Roger Freeman for their longtime friendship, love, care and support and also to Jean's caregivers, Elizabeth Goble, Linda Hatfield and Geri Marcum.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday evening, August 5, 2013, at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church on Second Avenue, Williamson. The Reverend Allen Johnson will officiate. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Interment is in the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher, WV. Active pallbearers are Alex and Snow Anderson, George Blackwell, Joey McCoy, Danny Stacy and Gary Venturino. Honorary pallbearers include Tim Chambers, Abe Hymore, Ken Muha and Paul Pinson.
The family welcomes floral tributes or memorial contribution may be made in Jean's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or The Jeffery E. George Comfort House of Huntington, 2801 South Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702.
Please express online condolences at www.weavermortuaryinc.com.
Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson Is serving the Taylor family.