Tony Earl Taylor – obituary

by Mar 22, 2013OBITUARIES0 comments

Tony Earl Taylor, 28, of Granite Falls passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 at Carolina’s Medical Center in Concord.

Tony was born in Sylva to Barbara Burgess Riley of Granite Falls and Earl Eddy Taylor of Cherokee.  He was a Correctional Officer with the Alexander Correctional Facility and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.  He traveled often with his father to perform Pow Wows with the Bear Tribe from Cherokee.

Preceding him in death are his paternal grandparents, Simeon and Beulah Taylor, maternal grandmother, Ola Locust, an aunt, Lahoma Kindle, and great aunt, Katie Brady.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory are his step-father, Richard Darrell Riley; his son, Caleb LeLand Taylor of the home; his brothers, Retired Specialist Christopher Lee Beheler and wife Kiaya of Lenoir, and Richard Marcus Riley of the home; his sisters, Staci Lynn O’Brien of Clarksville, Tenn.  and Amanda Michelle Hensel of LaVale, MD; his grandfather, Ernest Allen Burgess of Lenoir; a niece, Kinlee Rose Beheler and nephew, Kaden Malcolm-Bo Beheler.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.  Services will be held Saturday, March 23 at 10am at Pendry’s Chapel with Reverend Todd Eric Cardwell officiating and then at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee at 3:00 pm with Pastor Jack Russell officiating with Mr. Ray Kinsland speaking.  Burial will follow in Locust Cemetery in Cherokee.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir NC 28645.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Tony Earl Taylor.