Steven Edward Taylor, age 65, of Knoxville, died Sunday, July 22 at the Methodist Medical Center as a result of malignant melanoma.
He was born December 15, 1946, in Gastonia, N.C., the son of Elmo P. and Lena Jenkins Taylor.
Mr. Taylor graduated in 1965 from Oak Ridge High School and the University of Tennessee.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne Division and was a Purple Heart medal recipient.
After a career of more than 30 years with CVS, he retired and pursued his passion as a financial consultant with Edward Jones and most recently with Dean Jones State Farm Insurance.
Mr. Taylor was a long-time member of Robertsville Baptist Church of Oak Ridge and First Baptist Church, Concord. He was very active with the Oak Ridge Boys Club, where he was a member of the alumni and served as treasurer.
He was an avid fan of the Oak Ridge Wildcats and a member of the Wildcat Bankers, as well as an avid University of Tennessee Volunteers football fan. His family was his passion, and he loved spending time with his grandsons. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating, and spending time with his circle of friends.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 22 years, Marleen Louise Taylor; daughter, Laura Taylor Kenny and her husband Marcus of Navarre, Fla.; stepchildren Randy Holloway and wife Katie of Farragut, Kimberly Holloway Echols and husband Michael of Oak Ridge, and Stephanie Stinnett of Louisville; brother, Donald R. Taylor and wife Sandi, and sister, Kathy Taylor Boswell, all of Gastonia, N.C.; and grandchildren, Justus Alexander Kenny and Rhett Hamilton Kenny of Navarre, Fla.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary. A Celebration of his Life will follow at 8 p.m. with Dr. Doug Sager officiating.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Peek officiating.
Full military honors will be provided by the Volunteer State War Era Honor Guard.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Oak Ridge Boys Club Alumni, the American Cancer Society, or First Baptist Church of Concord.
An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.