Mr. Kenneth Rowling Taylor was born July 17, 1937 in Nashville, Tennessee to the union of Florence and A.L. Taylor. He departed this earthly life on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kenneth was educated in the Nashville Metropolitan Schools. He attended St. Vincent and Washington Junior High Schools.
Kenneth met his loving and devoted partner, Bettie Moore over 54 years ago. This has been a beautiful union with a love as solid as a rock. While on jury duty, Bettie and Kenneth met in 1969 at the Davidson County Courthouse in Nashville, TN. Bettie was serving jury duty on the 6th floor for criminal court and Kenneth was serving jury duty on the 4th floor for civil court. They crossed paths in the courthouse cafeteria where Kenneth asked Bettie out on a date for three days in a row. Since then, they’ve enjoyed 54 loving years together filled with travel, live music, movie dates, casino trips, enjoying time at home, and family gathering. In the 80’s they welcomed a new baby into their home, their granddaughter Keonia who they raised until she graduated from high school.
Kenneth enlisted in the United states armed forces branch of the Army in 1960 and received an honorable discharge.
Kenneth always had a strong and motivated work ethic. As a young adult he drove and detailed cars. As an adult he spent over 40 years in construction, demolition, and excavation. Including Taylor and Williams contractors and Taylor Trucking Company. There were many days Mr. Taylor would leave home for work before the sun came up; and wouldn’t complete work until the sun was down. He worked in extreme cold and hot conditions, rain, sleet, and snow. He provided great service to many established companies in Nashville, including Terrell Broady Funeral Homes. He loved what he did for a living and took pride in his many accomplishments.
In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, cookouts with a nice size T-bone steak, WWE wrestling, Cadillacs, live music, especially Motown music, reading often including the bible, the Tennessean Sunday's paper, and self-help books. Mr. Taylor enjoyed going to Smyrna airport to watch the planes take off with his grandchildren; and he enjoyed taking them to the State Fair.
Kenneth leaves to cherish his memories his devoted and loving companion Bettie Moore, daughter Yolanda Evans, son Kenneth Evans, loving stepchildren Earlene Lanier, Donna Bond, Deborah Moore, Juan Moore Sr., and William Lanier, devoted and loving granddaughter Keonia Moore, devoted and loving grandson Patrick Lanier and DeAngelo Evans, siblings Barbara Carter, Doris Williams, Cecelia (James) Dell, Patricia (Michael) Gumn, Wayne (Emma) Taylor, Wendell (Nola) Taylor, great-great grandson Joziah Lewis, and a host of other family, friends, and grandchildren. Preceded in death by mother Florence Taylor, father A.L. Taylor, son James Box, siblings A.L. Taylor Jr., James Taylor, Leroy Taylor, and Harold Taylor.