Jacksonville Daily Progress
Evelyn D. Taylor, 98, of Jacksonville, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014. She was born to the late Jesse H. and Lois Stripling Holcomb in Alto, Texas, on May 5, 1915. The Holcomb family moved to Jacksonville in the early 1920’s. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence John Taylor of Colorado Springs, and her siblings: JH Holcomb, Mary Lois Fordtran, Norma Sue Silk and Lt. William Hale Holcomb. Mrs. Taylor attended Jacksonville schools through high school before Lon Morris College where she took pride in being the first female yell leader. During WWII she served as a Red Cross volunteer. Evelyn Taylor was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville where as a young lady she played violin in the church orchestra. After returning to Jacksonville from years of living in Dallas, Mrs. Taylor worked at May Drug and Fuller Drug selling cosmetics before retiring. In her late years, Evelyn continued to enjoy her daily reading of the Dallas Morning News (accompanied by a hot cup of coffee), listening to television news programs, following the Dallas Cowboys and visiting family.
Evelyn Taylor is survived by her son and his wife, John H. and Linda Taylor of Jacksonville, grandsons Michael Taylor and Chris Taylor (and his wife Kelsey), great-grandchildren Cullen, Jack, Katy, and Ella, plus nephews, nieces, and cousins whom she greatly loved.
Visitation at the Boren-Conner Funeral Home (750 S. Jackson St.) will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, followed by a memorial service in the chapel of the Boren-Conner Funeral Home on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, Legacy Hospice of Tyler or a charity of choice.