Stacy Taylor was born on the 28th of May 1964, and passed away on Friday, the 16th of August 2013, at the age of 49.
Our beloved Stacy Taylor left a legacy and blazed a trail of faith, hope and love to all who encountered him. To know him, was to love him because he left everyone in the wake of his abounding joy, strength and gladness that flowed so freely from his life. Stacy was married to Janet, his beloved bride of 28 years. The way he loved her and the honor they possessed for one another rang out like wedding bells in a church to all who had the joy to behold their marriage. He was her rock, her best friend and the father of their children.
As a loving and gentle father, Stacy left behind his beloved children, Christianne, Austin, Victoria along with Krystle, her husband Kris, and their children Katelyn and Kristopher. His children were the apple of his eye. He fathered intentionally and his happiest times were at the ranch when they were all together. Like the Good Shepherd he held each one close to his heart, leading them well in how to walk with God, always being ready to be a blessing. I've heard it said, to encourage is to breathe courage into another, and Stacy did that so well with his children, breathing courage into the sail of each one. Never ceasing to bestow his time upon them, he continually affirmed their God-given gifts and talents, taking pride in the young adults they were becoming. He was the kindest most thoughtful father.
A friend once said to me, "Hospitality is healing". Stacy and Janet along with their precious children embodied the essence of such words. Stacy and Janet had an open heart, and showed this by continually opening their home to others. He served others by nourishing our bodies as well as our souls. You were that much richer once you shared a meal with him at his table. Once, Austin asked him, "Dad, why do you always sit in the chair you sit in with your back to the window?" His response was "I want everyone else to have the best view." He always sought to bring honor to others.
Stacy had a rare ability to dream without limits. A man of great wisdom and virtue, he loved God above all else. He trusted the Lord as he walked boldly and yet humbly without fear or worry. His integrity as a man of God was well known by all, as he sought the Lord daily, never compromising even in the hardest of times. He loved Jesus, and sought God like a Father.
He desired that his reputation would always be in honor of Lord and never failed to give God glory for his success in the marketplace, knowing his help came from the Lord. He had uncompromising zeal to call men higher, to speak truth into their lives because his life was an offering.
Stacy founded and built numerous successful businesses and was a trusted advisor to the leaders of many of the world's largest corporations. He had a unique ability to develop relationships in the public and private sector that led to the resolution of complex issues and the restoration of public trust.
Stacy lived more in day than some do in a lifetime. He possessed a contagious laugh and love for the life God had given him. He was quick, witty and kind. He was a leader who walked tall with a signature cadence and a twinkle in his blue eyes. Determined, attentive and loyal, he had a way of making everyone feel as if he was their best friend, taking great joy in making others happy.
The ways in which we will miss Stacy Taylor are too numerous to count. But we rest in peaceful confidence knowing this truth from Philippians 1:20-23: "as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better."
Stacy was preceded in death by his father Lee Taylor and grandfather Jack Marshall. Besides his wife and children, he is also survived by his mother Colleen and step-father Walter Etie, step-mother Sherry Taylor, grandmother Dorothy Marshall; sister Shannon and husband Craig Bloodworth and their children Emma, Jackson and Olivia. Mother and Father-in-Law Richard and Sandy Bell; Sister in-law Lisa and Brian Diehl and their children Chris Diehl, Laura & Travis Walkingstick and Kevin Diehl and numerous other loved ones.
A memorial service celebrating his illustrious life is to be conducted at ten o'clock this morning, Wednesday, the 21st of August, at Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway in Houston, where Rev. Gregg Matte, Lead Pastor is to officiate.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Mr. Taylor's name be directed to a water well through Every Village, 2100 West Loop South, Suite 600, Houston, TX, 77027; or to Houston's First Baptist Church's Mission 1:8 for As Our Own, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024, a ministry for girl's caught in sex-trafficking.
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14