Kenneth Hoyt Taylor

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Kenneth Hoyt Taylor, known to most as Tommy, died on Oct. 28, 2013, from heart failure at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Uvalde. He was born June 19, 1941, in Luling to Mary Shely Taylor and Hoyt Taylor of Tilmon. Taylor spent his youth in Caldwell County. He graduated in 1959 from Lockhart High School where he received the honors of being All School Favorite, captain of the football team, and an outstanding track star. After graduation he lived and worked in Austin, then moved to Uvalde, the hometown of his mother. Taylor joined the Navy, served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in January, 1967. He then went to work for Texas Industrial in sales and management, and retired in 1999 after 32 years of service. The mayor of Uvalde presented Taylor with the key to the city upon his retirement. He spent the last six years living in the Carzalia Valley in Columbus, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one uncle, Lloyd Taylor. He is survived by one daughter, Kena Lee Johnson and husband, James, of Columbus, N.M.; one son, Tommy Lloyd Taylor of Rocksprings; one stepson, Lance Bain of Devine; one stepdaughter, Carla Bain; three brothers, Larry Taylor, Don Benton and Alton Taylor; three grandchildren, KaLee Marrufo, TJ Johnson and Walker Johnson; two nephews, Ashley Taylor and wife, Rebecca, and Damon Lewis and wife, Pam; niece, Starr Taylor Neutze and husband, Tad, of Uvalde; and numerous family and friends. According to the family, Taylor’s infectious laugh and free spirit will be missed by all that knew him. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Voigt, Ray Scott, George Rodriguez, Ernest Hinojosa, Roland Reyes, Donald Jeffrey, Bill Roberts and Rudy Schroeder. The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Lisa Mumme, 1078 E. Hacienda, Uvalde, TX 78801. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
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