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WOODRUFF- Samuel Douglas "Sammy" Taylor, 86, of 239 East Brook Drive passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Woodruff Manor.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late Jack "Ox" Taylor and Lottie Green Taylor and was the widower of Violet Glenn "Polly" Taylor. He was a retired textile employee, proudly served our Country in the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church
He attended Woodruff High School where he played Baseball and was later inducted into the Woodruff High School Hall of Fame. He was a former Major League Baseball Player with the Chicago Cubs (at the time of his death he was the oldest living catcher), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Patti Sue Taylor Wallace and Larry of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one granddaughter, Allee Taylor Gough of San Diego, California; one sister, Elizabeth Kilpatrick of Woodruff; one brother, Claudell Taylor of Woodruff. He was predeceased by a daughter, Frankie Ann Taylor and two sons, Baby Boy Taylor and Samuel Douglas Taylor Jr. He was predeceased by two brothers, Jackie Taylor and Bobby Taylor.
Graveside Services with Military Honors will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woodruff High School Athletic Dept., 710 Cross Anchor Road, Woodruff, SC 29388.
Online condolences may be sent to
Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary
Woodruff, SC.

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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Oct. 10, 2019.
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February 17, 2020
When I was about seven I stuck a nickel in a vending machine in a grocery store in Pinole, California and pulled out my very first bunch of baseball cards. One of them was Sammy Taylor. I was a Cubs fan, so I was quite excited, and he always held a special place in my memory because of that.
John Cassady
October 12, 2019
Sorry to hear this. I believe Sammy was an original New York Met. I have his baseball card. May he RIP! Proud to be a fellow South Carolinian!
Danny Brackett
October 10, 2019
Patty Sue,
Not sure if you remember me but I knew you from VBS at Mills Mill church. And I was older than you so never really met. But Sharon Lynch is my sister. I only knew Sammy when I was growing up as the baseball star and MLP from Woodruff. But I got to know him while visiting my Dad Buck King while he was at Woodruff Manor. Sammy was always lively, cracking jokes, and so much fun to talk to. My Dad thought the world of Sammy. I rarely go to Woodruff anymore but Sammy was one of the great people from Woodruff. We are losing and lost so many of those wonderful people. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the Taylor family. I feel so blessed to get to know Sammy even in his last days.

Ken King
Ken King
October 9, 2019
Dear Patsy and family. I'm so sorry to hear that Sammy passed away yesterday. We've only heard good things about him. For the life that he lived and the lives that he blessed, we give God thanks. For those who mourn his passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you now as we ask God to comfort you. With much love, Bob and Jean
Jean Bates
October 10, 2019
Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.
The Staff of Lanford Funeral Home
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