Archive for the ‘Kenneth Randolph Taylor 1970s-1980s’ Category

Eulogy for My Father   1 comment

Nell Taylor and Probably Jack Taylor

Above:  My Grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, with My Father, 1943

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EULOGY FOR JOHN DODSON TAYLOR, III (NOVEMBER 21, 1943-OCTOBER 30, 2014)

MARTHA MCDONALD MOORE CHAPEL, MAGNOLIA MANOR, AMERICUS, GEORGIA

NOVEMBER 2, 2014

Before I departed Athens last Thursday, I posted a notice of Dad’s impending death in the Facebook group of my parish, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church.  Many of my fellow parishioners expressed sympathy and informed me of their prayers not only for me but for my family also.  One person commented on my Facebook page that I am a “living tribute” to Dad.  That thought had not occurred to me, but may the sentiment be accurate.

Each of us carries the legacies of other people, extending back into generations immemorial.  Much of Dad’s influence is evident in me, from my bookish ways to my preference for classical music.  Most important, though, are lessons in faith and mere decency, which he taught primarily via a pattern of mundane deeds.  Among my earliest memories is one, from the late 1970s, of him preaching and mentioning the “presence of God.”  I, being a concrete thinker at the time, was confused, for I saw no wrapped packages with tags reading “To Ken from God.”  I see clearly, with the benefit of hindsight, how many presents (even some in wrapped boxes) God gave me via Dad.  The best such gifts, however, are intangible.  And they are for the benefit of others, not just myself.  Dad taught me that also.

Now he belongs to the Church Triumphant.  This being All Saints’ Sunday, a verse from “For All the Saints” is doubly appropriate:

O blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.

Alleluia.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS

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These were my prepared comments.  I remained close to them as I extended them.–KRT

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http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/the-long-goodbye/

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Christmas 1976   Leave a comment

Christmas 1976 II-RT_edited-1

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Thanks to Uncle Randy for touching up the photograph!

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With my sister and Santa Claus

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

The Author, Christmas 1975   Leave a comment

KRT Christmas 1975

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I was two years old–nearly three years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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This is post #1000 of ORIGINAL POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY BLOG.

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Tony the Turkey, 1980   Leave a comment

Tom the Turkey

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I made this (obviously close in time to Thanksgiving) at Waynesboro Elementary School, Waynesboro, Georgia, during my Second Grade year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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This is post #800 of this weblog.

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Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church, Appling County, Georgia, 1988   Leave a comment

Crosby Chapel UMC

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From June 1982 to June 1985 my father, John D. Taylor, III, was pastor of the South Baxley Charge (Hopewell-Crosby Chapel).  He led an early service at Crosby Chapel then the 11:00 service at Hopewell each Sunday.  Usually I attended Sunday School at Hopewell, but sometimes I went to Crosby Chapel instead.  My most prominent memory of Crosby Chapel is that it sat on a lot adjacent to a pig sty, a fact which became obvious to one’s nose when the wind blew in a certain direction.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

Tiger the Cat, May 1983 (I)   Leave a comment

Tiger May 1983 I

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Photographs taken inside the parsonage of the South Baxley Charge (Hopewell-Crosby Chapel), The United Methodist Church, Appling County, Georgia

Tiger May 1983 III

Tiger May 1983 VII

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Buddy the Dog   Leave a comment

Buddy the Dog

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We lived in Vidette, Georgia, from June 1980 to June 1982.  Here I am in the parsonage yard with Buddy the dog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR