Mrs. Taylor, widow of Melvin Taylor, died June 14, 2014.
Born Nov. 18, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Clyde Arrendale Pleasants English and Miles Otis Pleasants. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jim Pleasants, and her first husband, Doug Warren.
A long-time resident of Rabun County, she graduated from Rabun County High School, Class of 1947, and was a 1952 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mrs. Taylor was a retired educator, a storyteller and a regular contributor to the Georgia Mountain Laurel magazine. An active member of Tiger United Methodist Church, she served as church historian and organist. She enjoyed quilting, painting, writing and was the author of two book collections of her essays.
She was an active member of the Rabun County Historical Society, Friends of the Lillian Smith Center, the Rabun County and Georgia Retired Teachers Associations, Foxfire, and the Rabun County Senior Center.
Survivors include her daughters, Judy W. Scott of Clarkesville, Becky W. Ray (Mike) of Cornelia, and Dawne W. Bryan (Randy) of Cochran; and her son, Wesley L. Taylor (Karen) of Clarkesville; grandchildren, Brooks Ray (Katie), Vince Ray (Shelley), Zack Bryan (Brittany), Blake Scott (Melissa), Whitney R. Cox (Leland), Kelli S. Dunlap (Nathan), Beau Bryan (Katharine), Renn Taylor, Arren Taylor and Cami Taylor; great-grandchildren, Preston and Parker Cox; V.J. and Landry Ray; Kaleigh, Bowman and Lillian Ray; Will, Nathan and Tommy Bryan; Katie Elizabeth Nanney and Ella Grace Scott; Charlie Jane Dunlap and Ava Bryan; sister, Peggy Thrasher (Albert) of Tiger; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Pleasants of St. Simons Island, Waunett Sexton of Clayton, Shelby Blackburn (Frankie) of Canton, Claudette Bramlett (Gayther) of Ellijay; brother-in-law, Allen Taylor of Clayton; cousins, nieces, and nephews; devoted caregiver, Sandra O’Neil; and her loyal pets, Brownee and Blue.
The family would like to thank Assist Homecare Services, Traces of Tiger and Regency Hospice for their dedication and support.
Memorials may be made to the Arrendale Endowed Scholarship, Young Harris College, P.O. Box 275, Young Harris, GA, 30582; or to the charity of one’s choice.
An online Memorial Register Book is available at beckfuneralhome.com.
Beck Funeral Home, Clayton, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, June 18, 2014