Carl Wayne Taylor
Carl Wayne Taylor
  • March 22, 1941 - September 5, 2015
  • Moon, Virginia

Share This Obituary

Arrangements made by

Nelsen Richmond

4650 South Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23231
Get Directions

Profile of Nelsen Richmond

View Phone Number
Email Us

Carl Wayne Taylor, 74, of Mathews County, passed away peacefully after a long illness on September 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1941, and preceded in death by his parents, Carl Otis Taylor and Etta Earnhardt Taylor, by his brother, Dennis Michael Taylor, and by his wife of 43 years, Joyce Beasley Taylor. He is survived by his second wife, Christine Bridge Taylor, her son, William James Bridge, her daughter, Allison Bridge Robins, and her grandchildren, James Walter and Jason Allan Robins; also by his son, Daryl Wayne Taylor of Richmond, wife Mary Fisk-Taylor, and his two grandchildren, Alexandra Briggeman Taylor and Warren Jackson Taylor; by his sister, Mary Taylor Pridemore, her son, Kevin Dowdy, and his grandniece, Taylor Dowdy Moore. An aunt, Frances T. Henningsen and cousins Gilbert Taylor, Diane Mihalcoe and Phillip Taylor and their families, as well as other family members in the Richmond area also survive him. Wayne spent his early years in Richmond, but soon moved to New Kent County, where he worked on the family farm and helped with his father's heating and oil business. In 1959, he graduated from New Kent County High School, where he made lifelong friends. He also attended classes at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his career at West Engineering, where he discovered his talent for salesmanship, and soon joined the Smith Courtney Machine Tool Division, where Causey Davis Sr. was his mentor and dear friend. In 1977, he became a principal in the Davis-Taylor-Forster Machine Tool Company on Commerce Road in South Richmond. The company covered Virginia, West Virginia and North and South Carolina along with sales to foreign and domestic government facilities, including shipyards and industries around the world. Over the next 30 years, his integrity and negotiation skills led to success and recognition throughout the machine tool industry. One of his favorite sayings was "if it is to be, it's up to me." He lived in Mechanicsville, Williamsburg and Glen Allen during his career but retired to New Kent County until illness led him and his wife Christine to her home area, Mathews County, to be closer to family. He was active in community affairs and was awarded a lifetime membership in the Virginia Jaycees. He restored a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Aire convertible show car, and was happiest working, being with family, and playing golf with friends. His sense of humor, his loyalty and life example will live on in our memories.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 20, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home. The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the nurses, staff and hospice counselors at Riverside Mathews Convalescent Center. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the New Kent Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 110, New Kent, Va. 23124 or to a Parkinson's disease research organization.