Justin L. "Papaw" Taylor, 77, of Lima, passed away at 4:25 PM on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at his residence.
He was born on February 2, 1939 in Honey Bee, KY to Lanceo Justin and Helen (Ball) Taylor, who both preceded him in death. On February 17, 1961, he married Ruth May Green, who preceded him in death on August 13, 2012.
Justin proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a small arms repairman, and retired from the Army in 1992 after 27 ½ years of service. He was a Life member of both the VFW Post 1275 and the American Legion Post 96. He was also a member of the Lima Eagles Aerie 370. Justin enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, but above all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Surviving are his sons Greg Taylor of the Philippines, and Robert (Ellie) Taylor of Bluffton; his daughters Shellie (Donny Miner) Anderson of Lima, Karen (Owen) Garland of Lima and Judy Barnes of Kansas City, MO; his brother David Taylor of Parkers Lake, KY; his sisters June Mackey of Burnside, KY and Juanita Freeman of Parkers Lake, KY; his nine grandchildren, including Sarah (Bob) Brown, who was his angel; his fourteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeff Taylor; his brothers Buddy Joe Taylor and Willie Jackson Taylor; his sisters Evelyn Mutters, Thelma Joyce Renfro, Jada Lynch and Janie Godby.
A memorial service will follow at the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church at a later date. Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Justin Taylor with local funeral arrangements.