August 8, 2019

James Samuel Taylor, Jr.

James Samuel Taylor, Jr.


James Samuel Taylor Jr., 77, passed away July 29, in Phoenix, Arizona after a long battle with diabetes. Jim, or Jimmy as friends called him, was born June 22, 1942 in Key West, Florida to James and Margaret Taylor.

Jim grew up in Key West, surrounded by wonderful family and friends. His parents, James and Margaret, owned and operated Cities Service Station from 1955 to 1959. In 1960, they opened Poinciana Service Station on Duck Avenue and operated at that location until 1975. Jim graduated from Key West High School in 1960.

He worked alongside his father until 1967, when he went to work for Chevron Oil Company. Jim held a variety of positions in his 31 years with Chevron traveling the country and eventually retiring in California in 1998.

In 1984, Jim married Barbara Small and, after retirement, they settled in Phoenix. Jim and Barbara enjoyed traveling in their RV, sharing time with their family, meeting new friends and discovering new places.

Jim loved the Florida State University football program and loved traveling to see them play. In later years, Barbara took care of his extensive medical needs, never complaining and always by his side.

Jim and Barbara were married 35 years and he would often say his life would have been empty without her.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, brother Paul Taylor, four children: James S Taylor III, Charles Taylor, Duane Taylor and Christina Strickland, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Along with numerous nieces and nephews Jim leaves behind extended families in Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Ray Taylor.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, 10940 East Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, Arizona 85248. Visitation from 2 to 5 p.m., Celebration of Life from 5 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Diabetes Association and the American Kidney Foundation.

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