Dudley D. Taylor passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born May 17, 1937 in Marshall to Dorothy Davis Taylor and Wright Dudley Taylor, Jr. A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 30, from 5 until 7 pm at Colonial Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday morning, May 31, at 10:00 following a private interment.
Taylor was a graduate of Marshall High School and Southern Methodist University. While at SMU he played on the SMU golf team that won a Southwest Conference Championship. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Taylor loved golf with a passion and played many tournaments throughout the United States. He was a fifteen-time winner of the club championship at Marshall Lakeside Country Club, and held the course record score of 63 for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Diane P. Taylor, one son Harrison County Judge Hugh Powell Taylor and wife Jean Hill Taylor, one grandson Jack Taylor; a sister Texie Taylor Baldwin and husband Raynor of Orlando, Florida; two nieces Tracy Baldwin Harris and husband Keith of Jupiter, Florida, and Texie Leigh McHenry and husband Dan of Orlando, Florida; one great niece Texie Catherine Lloyd of Orlando and one great nephew Taylor Cameron Riley of Jupiter.
Taylor was preceded in death by son Dudley Davis Taylor II, his parents, and three first cousins, D.H. Snyder III, Frank Davis Snyder, and Jack M. Carson.
Taylor served as a director of the First National Bank, on the Board of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and on fundraising committees for the United Fund and renovation of then Marshall Memorial Hospital. He was a past member of Rotary International.
After closing the family business, Marshall Mill and Elevator, Taylor entered the securities business and remained there until his death. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Pall bearers will be Haywood (Woody) Moseley III, Bradford Moseley, Paul Whaley, Wes Smith, James Madison Furrh, Joe Weinberg, Rusty Asaff, and Joe Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be the friends and associates Dudley valued through golfing and fishing, plus
members of the dinner clubs to which both he and Diane belonged, and with whom he shared many good times.
A gentleman in every way, he will be remembered for his quick wit and generous spirit.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or a charity of one's choice.