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Lynn Redden Taylor

January 14, 1929 ~ August 5, 2018 (age 89)

Lynn Redden Taylor, Sr., 89, Johnson City, went to be with the Lord on the afternoon of Sunday, August 5, 2018.  He was presently residing at Governor's Bend Assisted Living in Erwin.

Lynn, the son of Sam R. Taylor and Martha A. Taylor, was born and raised in Johnson City.  Lynn attended Science Hill High School, ETSU, and Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, DC.  He spent four years in the Navy where he served as a 2nd Class Petty Officer.  Following the Navy, he returned home to work in the family business, Johnson City Furniture Company, which was started by his father in 1937.  Lynn was blessed to have a rewarding career at the furniture store where he was a business partner with his brother Sam H. Taylor.  This was truly a family owned business where their mother, Martha, kept the books and worked with them as well.

In 1955 Lynn married Nancy Lee Masters.  They were married for 59 years and raised two children, Lynn Jr. and Nancy Jane.  A lifelong member of Munsey United Methodist Church, Lynn faithfully served his church in many capacities and was a proud member and the current President of the Solon Gentry Sunday School Class.  The Johnson City Civitan Club was another interest of Lynn's, and he was an active and dedicated member having held various leadership roles.  Lynn and Nancy resided in Gilmer Park where he enjoyed riding bikes, working on their house, and visiting with neighbors.  He could often be seen taking a walk around the park with his collie dog and dachshunds.  He loved his children and was very proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments.

In addition to his parents, Lynn was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-nine years, Nancy M. Taylor, in 2014; brother, Sam H. Taylor, Sr., and sister, Dr. Helen W. Taylor.  He leaves behind his son, Lynn R. Taylor, Jr. and wife Kim, Richmond, VA; daughter, Nancy Jane Taylor Grindstaff and husband John, Unicoi; three grandchildren, Lynn R. Taylor, III "Trey" and wife Maggie, Savannah, GA; Logan Prescott Taylor, Richmond, VA; Kalyn Elizabeth-Jane Grindstaff, Unicoi; one sister, Martha T. Presnell; a sister-in-law, Carolyn L. Taylor, and several nieces and nephews.

Lynn was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather.  He will be dearly missed.

The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Governor's Bend Assisted Living for their genuine love and care for "Mr. Lynn".

To celebrate Lynn's life, Rev. Michael Lester and The Reverend Douglas Grove-DeJarnette will conduct a service on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. from the Chapel of Munsey United Methodist Church. Special music provided by Kalyn E. Grindstaff. Active Pallbearers are John Grindstaff, Mike Norris, Garry Presnell, Gary Black, Mike Ketchum, Logan Taylor, and Trey Taylor.  Honorary Pallbearers are Jim Starr, Ed McClure, Bill Hawkins, Charlie McCoy, Bob Rowe, Alan Chapman and Jack Miller. Interment will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Munsey United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1336, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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