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Thad Taylor

February 12, 1934 ~ August 24, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


Thad Arney Taylor, age 89, of George Eggers Road, Banner Elk, passed away Thursday morning, August 24, 2023 at Shaire Center in Lenoir.  Born February 12, 1934 in Caldwell County, he was a son of James Harvey and Pernell Arney Taylor.  Thad was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church.  He retired from AT&T as a network manager.  Always active in community affairs, Thad served as past presidents of Foscoe Ruritan, Watauga County Farm Bureau Board, and Foscoe Grandfather Community Center and was honored as a recipient of the “Lion of the Year” Award in Lenoir.  He also served as a supervisor of the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation office and was a member of the Watauga Christmas Tree Growers Association and the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association.  Thad also served at a District Director of the North Carolina Gold Wing Road Riders Association and was proud of the fact that he traveled in all 48 states on his Gold Wing Motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Cornett Deal; sister, Rebecca Taylor Ritch and husband, James, of Lenoir; brother-in-law, George Haydt of Virginia; daughters, Sylvia Taylor Wilson and husband, Eddie, of Granite Falls and Sheryl Taylor James and husband, Craig, of Bethania, NC; sons, Ronnie Taylor and wife, Martha, of Granite Falls and Eddie Taylor and wife, Becky, of Happy Valley; and step-daughters, Connie Gioscio and husband, Frank, of Boone, Gail Howe and husband, Alan, of Foscoe and Melissa Norris of Vilas; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends too numerous to list.  Thad is also survived by Diane’s parents, Clint and Ruth Cornett and her siblings, Dale and Martin Cornett and Dawn Bradley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Ernest Taylor; brother, Ned Taylor; sister, Tobotha Haydt; the mother of his children, Elizabeth Taylor Cloniger; and his late wife, Pat Taylor.

Funeral services for Thad Arney Taylor will be conducted Monday afternoon, August 28, 2023, at 2 o’clock at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, officiated by Rev. Randy Rothschild and Rev. James Ritch.  The family will receive friends from noon until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at the church.  Graveside services will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Lenoir. The family respectfully requests no food.  Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made AMOREM Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone, the staff at Shaire Center in Lenoir, and the AMOREM team for the Wonderful care they provided to Thad during his time of need.

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