Michael Taylor

Michael Wren Taylor

Friday, February 28th, 1958 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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Michael Wren Taylor, 62, of Rutherfordton passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Leslie Lancaster Taylor Jr. and the late Kay Horton Taylor. Mike was a 1980 graduate of Wofford College. Mike had donated 19 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross during his lifetime. He was a longtime member of St. Francis Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton. Prior to retirement, he worked in banking and as an insurance adjuster. Mike served many years as chairman of the ABC Board in Rutherfordton.

Mike was passionate about Wofford football and basketball, traveling to all home and away games. He attended all five NCAA tournaments and was overjoyed when Wofford defeated Seton Hall 84-68 in the 2019 tournament in Jacksonville, FL. During football season, he was known as “Mr. First Down.” Mike also enjoyed traveling to Clemson National Championships with Emily.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 36 years, Mary Kathryn Tomblin Taylor; daughter, Emily Kathryn Ricard and husband Travis, and granddaughter Finley Kathryn Ricard.

Memorial services will be held 3PM Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Spencer Baptist Church, 187 N Oak Street, Spindale, NC 28160 with Rev. Bruce Caldwell and Rev. Marie Graeper officiating. If you would like to attend remotely, please log in to the Spencer Baptist Church Face Book page at 3PM, Sunday, August 23, 2020.

All in attendance are asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
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    Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 3:00pm
    Spencer Baptist Church
    187 North Oak Street
    SPINDALE, NC 28160
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Those attending are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.
    Rev. Bruce Caldwell

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John and Marie Graeper

Posted at 02:53pm
We will never see a fallen tree without thinking of Mike running home to John, "Let's get the chainsaws." Planting these trees in memory of Mike.

3 trees were planted in the memory of Michael Taylor

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Karen Moore

Posted at 08:03pm
Mary Kathryn and Emily,

So sorry about your loss... there are no words that express the sorrow and just know you are in my thoughts and prayers....
Karen Moore

Christy and David Bare

Posted at 08:26pm
So saddened to learn of Mikes passing. Such a nice man. Always kind and outgoing. Prayers to Mary Katherine and family

Martin Braswell

Posted at 02:03pm
Mary Kathryn and Emily, so sorry to hear that Mike passed. I worked with him for years at Farm Bureau and enjoyed working storm claims with Mike. I had talked with him just before he retired and we discussed some of those old times on storm duty with FB. Mike was simply a great individual and a friend.


Barry Fountain

Posted at 12:46pm
Mary Kathryn. I was so sorry to hear about Mikes passing. I worked with him at Farm Bureau and y'all invited me over for dinner when I worked a windstorm in his area. He was always upbeat and had a great sense of humor. I kept in touch with him after he left us because he was a good friend. We will keep you and Emily in our prayers.

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