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Celebrating the life of
James Marshall Taylor
Passed away on June 18, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Family Will Receive Friends
  • 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. - Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200

This...this hurts. Pop was good to me. He attended all of my school plays when I was in elementary and middle school. He passed on his love for jokes and playfulness. He was a genius, a teacher, and a figure whom I will always admire and respect. He brought joy and wisdom to the people he loved and made this world a better, sillier, sunnier place. I love you, Pop. Your legacy is joy and I'll never forget how you changed my world. Rest well.

Hayden Mears, Chicago, IL

Sending my love and prayers of peace and comfort to Pauline Taylor and family at this time. Jim was a huge presence and will be missed. He was a wonderful father-in-law to me and exceptional grandfather to Samuel and my older sons. Needless to say, i am beyond grateful to have known and had this human being in our lives.

Kimberly Taylor , Tulsa , Oklahoma

Pauline, so sorry for your, Chris and Tim's loss. Jim loved his family. My greatest memories of Jim is his inter-action with his boys, whether it be fishing, playing ball, golf or cleaning the boat, especially cleaning the boat. Ha.(long time ago). May the love of God surround your family and give you peace and comfort in the future. My prayers are with you.

Gene Pickens, Savannah, GA

Jim slways possesed that wonderful creative mind that made it a joy to be in his presence. His stories were always told with great enthusiasm and humor. He had a great admiration fori his own ideas which I admire emensely. He truly lived life on his own terms. Nancy and I will miss his zest for life. He was not cheated. Pauline is truly a strong lady and we pray her burden will be eased by her family, friends and faith.

Bob Merchen, Savannah, Ga

Dearest Pauline—Ted and I are with you in spirit this day. We treasure our many special memories of our times with you and Jim. We send our love to you and your family. and will always keep you in our hearts.

Pam and Ted Mendenhall, Montgomery, Texas,

Our hearts and prayers are with you in days and weeks ahead.

Gary & Tammy Smith, Savannah, GA

Pauline, Our hearts break for you and the family. Jim was such a fun & interesting guy to be around. Joe & I so enjoyed the times we shared in our Dinner group. May God wrap his arms around you all and help you find comfort in the days ahead. Vicki & Joe Anckner

Vicki Anckner , Savannah, GA

James Marshall Taylor, 89, of Savannah passed away June 18, 2019 under the  care of Hospice, at home. Jim was born in Morganfield, Kentucky on December 13, 1929 to James Mansfield Taylor and Hester Louise Taylor (nee Marshall). He attended public schools in Morganfield, Sturgis and Louisville Kentucky. After high school, he worked at construction jobs and as a surveyor.

He was drafted in April, 1951 and after basic training at Fort Knox was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 68th Antiaircraft Group, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Upon discharge he went to work for the Louisville and Nashville Railroads where he became statistician in 1956 working there until 1963. He received a BS in Commerce and an MBA from the University of Louisville during this period. Jim met Pauline Kasper at the L & N in 1956 and they were married in 1959. In 1963 Jim accepted a position as statistician at Savannah Sugar Refining Company which would later become Savannah Foods. He occupied several positions before retiring as Senior Vice-President in 1992.

After retirement he became passionate about an old interest, the collection and taxonomy of insects, particularly moths. He was a member of the Lepidopterists Society, The Southern Lepidopterists and the Kentucky Society of Lepidopterists, serving several terms as president of the latter body. His collection of more than 3000 specimens is housed at McGuire Center, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville.

Jim was a lover of nature, logic, music, literature, poetry, golf and terrible jokes. He believed there was no situation which could not be improved upon by the recitation of an Ogden Nash poem and felt free to express that belief for anyone within earshot. Jim and Pauline traveled for many years with Elderhostels, always in pursuit of insects, knowledge and camaraderie with fellow Lepidopterists. When not traveling, they played golf at local courses, eventually moving to The Landings in 1982. Jim shot four holes in one in his lifetime, the most significant of which occurred at the AiIsa Championship Course, Turnberry, Scotland.

Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pauline Kasper Taylor, sons, Chris Taylor (Sandi) of Savannah and Tim Taylor (Cindy) of Roswell, Georgia, five grandchildren; Ian Taylor (Amber) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Lauren Taylor of Albany, Georgia, Marissa Taylor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Logan Taylor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Sam Taylor of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Known to his Grandchildren as Pop, he was a voracious reader and for many years would shop for the perfect book for each family members birthday and Christmas, painstakingly wrapping each one with perfect 90-degree corners and equitable amounts of scotchtape. His influence is evident by his grandchildren's love of books, nature, science, and terrible, terrible jokes.

Many thanks to Dr. Robert Brown and Hospice of Savannah.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Savannah, Wounded Warriors or the Salvation Army.

 

 

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This...this hurts. Pop was good to me. He attended all of my school plays when I was in elementary and middle school. He passed on his love for jokes and playfulness. He was a genius, a teacher, and a figure whom I will always admire and respect. He brought joy and wisdom to the people he loved and made this world a better, sillier, sunnier place. I love you, Pop. Your legacy is joy and I'll never forget how you changed my world. Rest well.

Hayden Mears, Chicago, IL

Candle tribute lit by Kimberly Taylor — Oklahoma

Sending my love and prayers of peace and comfort to Pauline Taylor and family at this time. Jim was a huge presence and will be missed. He was a wonderful father-in-law to me and exceptional grandfather to Samuel and my older sons. Needless to say, i am beyond grateful to have known and had this human being in our lives.

Kimberly Taylor , Tulsa , Oklahoma

Pauline, so sorry for your, Chris and Tim's loss. Jim loved his family. My greatest memories of Jim is his inter-action with his boys, whether it be fishing, playing ball, golf or cleaning the boat, especially cleaning the boat. Ha.(long time ago). May the love of God surround your family and give you peace and comfort in the future. My prayers are with you.

Gene Pickens, Savannah, GA

Jim slways possesed that wonderful creative mind that made it a joy to be in his presence. His stories were always told with great enthusiasm and humor. He had a great admiration fori his own ideas which I admire emensely. He truly lived life on his own terms. Nancy and I will miss his zest for life. He was not cheated. Pauline is truly a strong lady and we pray her burden will be eased by her family, friends and faith.

Bob Merchen, Savannah, Ga

Dearest Pauline—Ted and I are with you in spirit this day. We treasure our many special memories of our times with you and Jim. We send our love to you and your family. and will always keep you in our hearts.

Pam and Ted Mendenhall, Montgomery, Texas,

Our hearts and prayers are with you in days and weeks ahead.

Gary & Tammy Smith, Savannah, GA

Pauline, Our hearts break for you and the family. Jim was such a fun & interesting guy to be around. Joe & I so enjoyed the times we shared in our Dinner group. May God wrap his arms around you all and help you find comfort in the days ahead. Vicki & Joe Anckner

Vicki Anckner , Savannah, GA


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