Raymond "Kent" Taylor, 67, a resident of Beverly, departed this life early Tuesday evening, Oct. 2, 2012, in Davis Memorial Hospital emergency department. He had been recovering from kidney failure for the past three months although death was unexpected.
He was born Sunday, Feb. 26, 1945, at Weston, a son of the late Charles Roscoe Taylor and Wilsie Minter Taylor Fisher.
On Oct. 11, 1963, at Pricetown, he was married to his high school sweetheart, the former Paula Jane Morrison, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Rebecca Taylor Burns of Thomas; two sons, Aaron Seth Taylor and wife, Whitney, of Danville, Va., and R. Kent Taylor II of Texarkana, Texas; two sisters, Virginia Lea Travisano of Simi Valley, Calif., and Betty Lou Carey and husband, Jack, of Fairfax, Va.; two grandsons, Caleb Burns of Thomas and Seth Taylor of Danville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are two sisters, Margie Joann Grasso and Patty Jean Butcher; and one baby brother, James Roscoe Taylor.
Kent graduated from Weston High School with the class of 1963. He worked for Monongahela Power Co. from 1963 to 1972. In 1965, he was transferred to Elkins and in 1969 to Parsons. From 1972 to 1989, he operated heavy equipment and drove tractor trailer. In 1989, he went to work as an electrician at Davis & Elkins College and retired in 2002. While employed at D&E, he started building a new backstop at the baseball field in the summer of 1992. He spent evenings and weekends working on the project, and it was finished for the first game the following spring. Most recently, he had worked part-time for Advance Auto.
He was a member of First Baptist Church at Parsons and, for many years, was a DJ for Christian Channel 6 and camera man for the broadcast of the Sunday morning church services. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball while living in Tucker County. After moving back to Randolph County, he trained as an emergency volunteer with the CERT program.
Kent loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be greatly missed.
Mr. Taylor's request for cremation was honored. A graveside service will be conducted at a later date in Lewis County.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Raymond "Kent" Taylor. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.