Richard P Taylor
January 14, 1940 - December 25, 2013
Maj Richard Pentreath Taylor, 73
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 Register-Herald, The (Beckley, WV)
Monday, December 30, 2013 OAK HILL
Major Richard Pentreath Taylor passed away peacefully at his home in Oak Hill in the early morning hours of Christmas Day 2013. Richard was born January 14, 1940, in Oak Hill, WV, the son of the late Willis and Marguerite Taylor. R.P., as he was known to his friends and family, retired from the Army after serving 22 years. During his service he flew Cobra Attack Helicopters in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, our nation's third highest medal. R.P. enjoyed hosting friends and family at his home; he was renowned for his love of cooking, fine wine, and long conversations with the people he loved. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife Ann Taylor, brother Thomas Taylor and sister Elizabeth Taylor Lindberg. Those left to cherish his memory include his six sons: Tim McGuffin and wife Gay of Oak Hill; Jake McGuffin of Oak Hill; Richard Taylor Jr. and wife Tabitha of Jacksonville, FL; Ivey Taylor and wife Angie of Charlotte, NC; Willis Taylor and wife Lisa of Clarksville, TN; and David Taylor and wife Nicole of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Darrin and wife Tega, Derek, Christopher, Valentina, Alexis, Jasmine, Karmen, Savannah, Alexandria, and Andrew and one great-grandchild, Haden McGuffin.
There will be a celebration of the life of Richard at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Oak Hill on Tuesday, Dec. 31st, for family members beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Father Roy Crist officiating. Immediately following the service there will be an Honor Guard Service at Highlawn Memorial Park. A reception will be held at St. Andrews after the services for family and friends.
Burial information: Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, WV