Ivan McCoy Taylor, 81, of Hillsville passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harmon Eddie and Vertie Mae Phillips Taylor and brother Connie Wayne Taylor.
Mr. Taylor served in the Korean War. He was a lifelong educator; he taught in Hillsville, Woodlawn, Bluefield WV, and Princeton, WV. He served as the State Science superintendent in West Virginia.
He was a member of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Taylor served as Mayor of Hillsville from 1998 to 2004. He was married to the love of his life for more than 60 years. His first love after his family was the family farm. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Dalton Taylor of the home; children and spouses, David and Judy Taylor of Max Meadows, Bonnie and Dr. John Daniel of Weems, VA, Linda and Rick Tawney of Pearisburg, Al and Cindy Taylor of Dugspur; brother, Eddie Taylor of Spartanburg, SC; sister, Melca Honeycutt of Radford; sister-in-law, Pearlie Taylor of Dugspur; sister-in-law Mary Dalton Horton of Galax; eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel with Dr. Lawrence Childs officiating. Burial followed at Monta Vista Memory Gardens. Military rites were conducted by Hillsville V.F.W. Post 1115. The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The family says flowers will be appreciated however in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Agriculture in the classroom P.O. Box 27552 Richmond, VA 23261 or to the First Baptist Church of Hillsville. A guestbook is available on-line by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the Taylor family.