- [S73] Rawlings Funeral Home, Book 2, 10 Oct 1958.
Lance Allen Taylor obituary
- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 22 Feb 2009.
TAYLOR, SAMUEL K., JR. - 91, of Whitesburg, died Saturday, February 21, 2009, at Lakeway Regional Hospital. Mr. Taylor lived a very full life that many of us can only read about. He graduated from Whitesburg High in 1935 and went on to Maryville College where he played football, wrestled and swam until he graduated in 1939. He was a WWII Naval Aviator, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, and was pinned by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. He retired full Commander in the US Naval Reserve and taught a farm training program for retiring Veterans after WWII for 9 years. Following WWII, Sam was a pilot for TVA. In 1964, he earned his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee. He taught for 30 years; was principal at Fairview-Marguerite School and Whitesburg High School, where there is a wing at the school named for him. He also served as Assistant Principal at West High School for 15 years. Mr. Taylor was a dairy farmer for 51 years; he served as President of the Hamblen County farm bureau and was a member of the board. He was also a lifelong member of the Whitesburg Ruritan Club, a lifelong member of Creech's Chapel United Methodist Church, served on the Morristown Education Association, Retired Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity, and the Holston Conference United Methodist Church Financial Committee. He was preceded in death by his parents, S. K. and Amanda Catherine Harmon Taylor; sisters Lois, Barsha, Oleta and Flossie; brothers, Scott, Lance and Joseph. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Cora Pattie Menefee Taylor whom he met in Natal Brazil during WWII. This legacy he leaves behind to his children; a daughter, Susan Taylor Bryant; sons, Samuel Kyle Taylor III (Alice), Scott Menefee Taylor (Joan) and Andrew Ward Taylor; nine grandchildren, Chris, Sammy IV, Patrick, Sara, Bryan West, Zachary, Pattie Ruth; step-grandchildren, Josh Noe and Adam Wilson; several nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22, in the east chapel of Allen Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Creech's Chapel with the Reverends Linda Rozar and Dale Gilbert officiating. Military graveside services, conducted by VFW Post 5266, will follow in the church cemetery. Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.