Celebrating the life of

Jon "J.T." Herbert Taylor

Passed away on July 03, 2020


Jon “J.T.” Herbert Taylor died at Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He leaves behind his wife, Gina Elizabeth Taylor and two beautiful daughters, Madison and Zayne. He is also survived by his mother, Audilee Taylor, siblings Julia, Jed (Lilann) and Jessica (Paul), nieces Callie, Liz, Kate and Morgan and nephews Hunter, Mac and Jake. He is preceded in death by his father, Herbert Lee Taylor.

A good friend who inspired tattoos on many, Jon never knew a stranger. He was widely known as the life of the party and Tybee mourned his loss over the 4th of July weekend.

He grew up on Walthour Road playing with the heavy machinery from his father’s contracting business, able to operate backhoes and excavators as early as 8 years old. It was a natural progression for Jon to join the family business and then expand into his own construction company, Jon H. Taylor Contracting, building beautiful bridges across the golf courses of Florida. In his 50’s, he returned to his early life dream of becoming a bartender, working at a popular Tybee spot, developing relationships with patrons that appreciated his ribald sense of humor and his heavy-handed pours.

One of Jon’s greatest pleasures was riding his cobalt-blue Harley Davidson Rocker C, fully feeling free with the speed of a well-made engine. Over the years, he owned a classic Chevrolet Nova, a cherry red Chevrolet Camaro and a gold Trans Am with many a drag race win. His tool collection would rival a mechanic.

Jon’s considerable height and often menacing demeanor hid a heart of gold. He gave without measure to his friends. His greatest wish was never to be forgotten.

A memorial service for friends will be held at Hucapoo’s, Tybee Island on Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. The family will hold a private celebration at a later date.




Gina, Madison, Zayne and The Taylor family, I am so sorry for the loss of Jon. He was one of a kind. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God wrap his arms around you all and comfort you like no one else can. Go rest high on that mountain JT.

- JoElla Hope Coleman, Guyton, Georgia

JT was a wonderful friend and I can never recall a time when we would catch up that he did not mention his family in a loving way or have a sweet story to share about his girls. The world was better with JT in it and I am thankful to have known him. My heartfelt prayers go out to his entire family. May you feel him with you always and take comfort in knowing you will see him again. God Bless you all.

- Heather Mullins, Brunswick , GA

Our prayers are with you! Sending our love

- DeCubellis Family , Pooler, Georgia

Love you Jess

- Paul Farthing, Savannah , Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with all your family and friends. A beautiful soul lost way too soon. We will forever love and miss you. Rest easy my friend.

JT was one in a billion. Always smiles hugs and "I love you brother". He will be missed.

- brandon r Coleman, Savannah, Ga

JT was one of my best friends. I always thought of him like an older brother. We had many amazing and crazy memories since meeting 11 years ago. I will forever regard him as one of the best people. Girls, there wasn’t a night when we hung out that he wouldn’t mention you at least a dozen times. He was over the moon for you young ladies. I, like you, will hold him in my heart forever.

- Dustin Maclin, Sandersville, Georgia

My deepest condolences to your family. JT was a one of a kind, crazy, fun, hard working person who loved life and people. I grew up on Tybee, and have known JT for many years, he always had a smile and a joke to tell when I would see him. Blessings and prayers.

- Mary Van Winkle Thaler, Metter, GA

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to J.T.'s family and loved ones. He was one of a kind and a giant among men. A devoted father and friend to everyone. We all have our own loving stories and memories which we will be sharing for years to come. May peace and love wrap around his beautiful daughters.

- Jan Mock, Tybee Island, Georgia

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I pray all these beautiful memories sustain you. My prayers and love go out to you and all of the family.

- Patti Boyd, Wilmington, NC

I grew up down the road from Jon and have fond memories of him. My condolences to his family.

- Ann Carter, Savannah, Georgia

I am so saddened to hear of JT’s passing. Loved JT like a brother - was always there for me, a great friend. Please accept my deepest condolences. JT is in my prayers.

- RW (the Judge), Tybee Island, GA

JT was such a great guy. We feel very blessed to have known him and had him as a part of our lives. There are no words to express how much he will be missed. May God bless and comfort everyone who loves him. We love you, JT.

- Tim and Christina Peterson, Lula, Georgia

So sorry for your loss. Always loved seeing JT at Huc-a-Poos or around town. He will be missed. RIP JT.

- Anthony and Lisa Gober, Wilmington Island, Ga

A candle has been lit!

Always in our hearts, we will miss you JT. Condolences to his family, our hearts are with you.

- Carrie F, Tybee Island, Ga

JT was a wonderful man. My husband and I loved sitting at the bar with him. Prayers to all of you! Sherry & Tony Abruzzio

- Sherry Abruzzio, Tybee Island, GA

We are so sorry for the loss of JT He was always so good to us. We loved him and we are going to miss him so very much. Rest in peace Friend.

- Betty and Jack Miller, Tybee Island, GA

J.T. was a good friend and will be missed by many people.

- William White(Sarge), Tybee Island, GA

Such a great guy

- Melissa Brownfield, Wilmington Island, GA

Our thoughts and prayers have been with JT’s family, especially his beautiful daughters since I heard the news! JT was a friend that became family over the many years we knew him! When we left Tybee to get my treatment, JT always kept in touch checking on me and then I did the same during his battle but I grieve hardest because of the guilt I feel for not being there and then him passing! I just can’t put into words just how much JT meant to us but I pray that thru his friends, his girls will know just how very much their father loved them!! Will all he had in him! Our prayers are with you thru this truly difficult time... sending warm thoughts and lots of love! Deborah and Bobby Dean

- Deborah and Bobby Dean, Land O Lakes , Florida

Rest in peace family you have my condolences

- Stevie Joynes, Wilmington Island Savannah, Georgia

My deepest condolences to JT 's family , He was one of a kind who will forever be missed. So many wonderful memories on Tybee Great Guy. No more Pain only Peace JT rest easy my friend .

- Wainwright, Savannah, Georgia

I am certainly going to miss watching Falcons football with you every Sunday during the season. Gonna miss our back-and-forth poking each other, and laughing about it. You were a true friend, and I am going to miss you brother! Aloha my friend!

- Joey Spalding, Tybee Island, GA

Madison and Zayne we have lost the most wonderful man in our lives. He loved each and everyone of us with so much love that it is hard to put into words. We had some of the best memories in our hearts and minds that people would rival over! I want you to always remember that we will see your wonderful dad and my loving husband again and really get to be with the man that made us love life to the fullest!!! Jon, we miss you sooooo much! Take care of our hearts till we get to you!

- Gina E. Taylor, Tybee Island, Georgia

My heart aches for those that JT left behind, he was a one of a kind rebel who loved his family and life itself. He called me mom from the first time I met him and I loved it and I love being mema to his girls, whom we love very much. I send prayers of peace and comfort to his 3 girls and other family members. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Love to you all.

- Claire Price, TYBEE ISLAND, GA

Your daughters are your foot prints, and your endless giving without a thought. You are missed. Gina I’m sorry for your family’s loss and prayers to you and the girls.

- Nancy Shores, Brewster , MA.

Miss Gina, Madison, Zane, I want so much to be there tomorrow but I can't get off work I will be on Tybee Saturday and Sunday this week if it's okay with you may I please come by and just say hi hope you're doing well and to see if you need anything I don't want to intrude upon your private time. JT was one of a kind they'll never be anybody like him and I call myself fortunate to call him brother because that's what he was to me. BROTHER. I can go on and on but I won't but I will be saying this I will be getting a Marvin Martian tattoo just like JT has cuz I was there when he got his

- Scott Bishop, Sumter, SC

There arent words to express my sorrow & condolences. Mrs. H Taylor, you raised a fine son who was dear to me in many ways, loved people who might not have been able to love him back but he was not the type of person to worry over lack of love. Family was his thing always, having fun & being himself. To the rest of his family: wife & kids, I know there are no words to help now because that chunk doesnt leave ever. But in the future, we only need to know he died as free as he chose to be. I'll miss him much.

- KIM D Fergerson, Savannah, GA

I'm so sorry for your loss. Brandon and I are heartbroken, and we will miss him every day. JT was one of the very first friends that we made when we moved here 8 years ago. He was such a good hearted, genuine friend that we will cherish in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Brandon and Kelly Robinson, Savannah, GA

We had some great times all the way back to the eighties when a bunch of us would go camping on little tybee , what a blow out they were, Jon was always such a hoot with his jokes.I catered the bar at his wedding and I think the cops showed up like 3 times !

- Randy West, Savannah , Georgia

Shocked & saddened with hearing of the loss of JT. I had this thought he would be the one to beat it. He gave the best hugs and loved to tell his stories !! His love of life, his girls, hockey & all of us was so awesome. He was larger than life. To all of his family and friends we are so very sorry for your loss...

- Kim & Chris Porter , Savannah , GA

Wow! What a loss. He made everyone feel like family. You will be miss by locals and vacationers who were blessed to meet you. Condolences to his family.

- Vivian Agan, Cedar Bluff, AL

A candle has been lit!

My deepest sympathy, and prayers are going out to all of Jon's family, and loved ones. He spoke of each one of you with such love, and happy memories, and just lit up when he shared the recent picture with his siblings. Gina, Madison, and Zane.. As you know.. He loved you all immensely. When he talked about you, his eyes grew brighter, his smile bigger, and you could feel how he adored you all. It just radiated from him. It was a beautiful thing to see. Thank you Jon, for a friendship that I will always cherish. You always knew how to bring out a smile in everyone you met. Potential enemies became your friend. Whether they wanted to or not. You fully loved as well as lived your life.. Extra. Until we all see you again Jon..

- Linda DuBois , Whitemarsh Island, GA

Zane And Family (& Poo Family), We Are So Very Sorry To Hear Of The Loss Of J.T. He Was Certainly An Icon Who Loved And Was Well-Loved And Respected By Everybody, Including Us. May God Wrap His Loving Arms Around You All, Filling You With His Peace And Comforting Each Of You With Fond Memories. He’ll Not Be There (Huc’s) For His Cupcake From Brynda That He Always Loved. I Hope He Still Has His Gold ‘Finger’ Coin That We Bought And Gave To Him Not Long Ago. He Said That He Loved It And Wanted To Make A Belt-Buckle Out It To Wear... Gone Way Too Soon, Never Forgotten. God Rest His Soul.

- Tommy, III & Brynda Grooms, Savannah , Georgis

I went to school with Jon and Jed at Calvary and also lived at Wilmington Island. I lost touch over the years especially after I moved.. Jon will always be remembered. Deepest Sympathy, Sandy Oates

- Sandy Oates, Register, GA

I went to school with Jon and Jed at Calvary and also lived at Wilmington Island. I lost touch over the years especially after I moved.. Jon will always be remembered. Deepest Sympathy, Sandy Oates

- Sandy Oates, Register, GA

Jessica and family, we are so sorry to learn of your brother’s passing. Prayers are being sent for you and your family in the days ahead.

- Bill and Karen Williams, Richmond, Virginia

JT will be missed, he had a big heart and was a kind soul.

- Dave and Eve, Tybee Island, GA

I was saddened to hear of JT’s passing. He was a great man, an excellent bartender, a great conversationalist, and caring friend to many. He always had your back-which is hard to find these days. God Bless your family during these hard times. Rest in peace JT.

- J.P. Day, St. Petersburg , Florida

Jon was alot of things to me, most of all, he was my friend. I'm so sorry for your loss....

- Charles Jones , Fordoche , Louisiana

I will miss talking hockey with and hearing his voice from my porch. I served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years and thought I’d heard, seen, or done everything. He made this sailor blush a few times, but always a smiling blush. Honored to have you, JT and my heart goes out to your family. Go Bruins.

- Michael Hogan, Tybee Island, GA

JT was a force of nature, power and love that few will ever achieve here on earth. He touched more people than you will know. I know he was one of God’s angels on earth - he may not have looked like one but that’s how Fod works. So blessed to have known him and to have loved and been loved by him. Love and blessings to those he leaves behind. We’ll be together, again, soon, JT. Love ya, man.

- Tyler and Tracey Randolph , Tybee Island, Georgia

To Jon’s Girls- I am terribly saddened by your loss. JT was a good man and he loved his family. He was a good friend- one that made sure I was ok- when I didn’t know if I’d be ok. He loved y’all very very much and was so proud of y’all. Please take care of yourselves and know we all are praying for peace for you. Love, Shelly Starr and Jeremy Hershey

- Shelly Starr and family , Sylvania by way of Tybee Island , Georgia

I remember when J.T. lived next door to Dee Anderson and A.J. near the Tybee Post Theater. There was always a party in those 2 apartments in the 90s, and I remember J.T. always watching NASCAR on TV. We all will miss you J.T. and I offer my Prayers for J.T. his family and his many friends.

- Eric A. Evans , Tybee Island , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

Beautiful memorial service today at Huca-poos -half of Tybee Island attended. Will Miss you always and forever JT. Rest easy my friend.

- Joy Wainwright, 2306 E. 42nd St. , GA

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To Momma Taylor and the family, you are in our prayers and always in our hearts. We hff and lost a brother and true friend. Love to you all.

- John and Kathy Cocke, Savannah , Georgia

I cannot believe that Jon is no longer with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and daughters. Jon was a special guy with a heart of gold and a generosity that had no limit. He was always a true friend to me. God be with you Jon!

- Tim Orr, Savannah, GA

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Our sincere condolences to Jon’s family and friends. May your sadness be consoled with many happy memories of Jon, just being Jon. May he Rest Peacefully in God’s loving arms. We will miss him.

- Frank &Judy Knakiewicz, Sylvania, Ohio

Gina, Madison and Zayne, JT was a dear friend, always full of life and love for his family and friends. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.

- Tommy Thompson, Tybee Island, GA

I met and knew JT at The Poo. He was a good friend to me always ready with a smile and a laugh for the oldest guy there. Although my wife and I usually sat with the locals, I always made it a point to spend some time with JT for fun it to share some more personal thoughts to which he always listened. I, one of many, will sincerely miss him.

- Jim Glads, Tybee Island , GA

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- Jim Glass, Tybee Island, GA

Dearest Gina and broke my heart to hear about John's passing! He was such fun and wonderful person and I know how much he loved all of you. And he loved all of his friends with devotion!! He will be missed by so many of us!

- Candy Hagemes-Carter , Tybee Island , Georgia

I was a couple of yrs. ahead of John in school but knew him since he was in the 7th grade. He was always so full of life and enthusiasm . Always fun to be around and would greet you like a best friend every time he saw you. He will not be forgotten.

- Charlie, Garden City, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel