Grace T. Taylor
A Joyous Life and A Jolly Laugh
Grace Taylor was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother, and friend who without hesitation confidently declared from the bed where she took her last breath, “If I had it all to do over, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
She wouldn’t change the clamoring of family gatherings in the basement at Christmas or the calm spent with Mammie at the window.
She wouldn’t change the countless hours spent sewing or working, whether it be recovering an old couch or revising history by working on a top secret project.
She wouldn’t change the life spent with her sister beside the register in the summer and the stove in the winter.
She wouldn’t change the many “little bites” of sweets that she enjoyed so much. Nor would she change the many “little bits” of money that she shared so freely.
She wouldn’t change the hours sharing stories, and lively yet silent laughs (mostly at herself) around the table where she shared meals with her family. Nor would she change the many times on the front porch after those meals watching the birds congregate around the feeders and the grandkids collaborate in the yard.
Of all the things she wouldn’t change, she most certainly would not change the decision that shaped her life and sweetened her laugh. Grace T. Taylor loved and served Jesus with all her heart.
She wouldn’t change the vacation time spent teaching Vacation Bible School, or the countless times she opened her home, her heart, and her coin purse to ease the pain and meet the needs of others.
She wouldn’t change the countless times she met the difficult days of others with the profound instruction “Just trust the Lord!” Nor would she change the many times that she found refuge, comfort, and peace in the midst of her storms by trusting the One who calms the seas.
Of all the things she could have done, she “did just exactly what she wanted to do.”
Grace T. Taylor was born in Savannah, on Nov. 28, 1924, the daughter of the late Lon A. and Ruth Russell Talley. On Jan. 20, 1945, she was united in marriage to Robert L. (Bob) Taylor, who preceded his wife in death on Feb. 13, 2005.
As a young woman Mrs. Taylor worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to develop the first atomic bomb.
Later, Mrs. Taylor was the owner and operator of The Furniture Barn for over 30 years. She also had worked at the Fabric Center for 22 years and Brown Shoe Company for 15 years. Mrs. Taylor was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Savannah. She also had attended Northside Baptist, Southside Baptist and Hopewell Baptist where she was a Sunday school teacher, and was active at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church for the last eight years.
Mrs. Taylor departed this life on Monday, Dec. 17, in Savannah, at the age of 88 years and 19 days.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Wolfe and her husband Grady of Savannah;
two grandchildren, Julie Flatt and Greg Wolfe, four great-grandchildren, Justin Flatt and his wife Katasha, Sara Katelyn Flatt, Allie Grace Wolfe and Hudson Wolfe and three great-great-grandchildren, Brylee Flatt, Kohen Flatt and Layten Jaymes Flatt; one brother, Frank Talley of Savannah. Mrs. Taylor was also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Ann Morrow; and three brothers, Carl, Larry and Lon Talley Jr.