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Obituary for Joe Taylor

Joe Taylor, 85, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2023, he was born March 26, 1937, in Macon County and was the oldest son of the late Walter Corum Taylor and Nancy Caroline Justice Taylor. He grew up on the family farm where he was born.

Joe was always mechanically inclined, and this led to his later career. Upon his graduation from Franklin High School Joe joined the US Army, trained as a machinist, and was stationed in Germany. Upon his return to Franklin, he married Emma Jean Downs at Ridgecrest Baptist Church where they were always faithful in their attendance. He served as a deacon and enjoyed volunteering at the Church.

Joe worked as a machinist at various businesses the last of which was Franklin Machine where he retired as manager. Joe always had a love of the land and was a lifelong farmer and served on the Macon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for many years. He never asked for nor expected anything to be given to him, but instead, worked very hard to accomplish his goals. He leaves a legacy of always accepting his circumstances, setting goals, and working relentlessly to accomplish them, and allowing everyone to have dignity and respect.

Joe was preceded in death by his brothers Jack (Erika) and Walter Jr. (Betty) and survived by his wife of 63 years Emma Jean Downs Taylor, daughter Janet Taylor Gillespie, husband Karl Gillespie, and grandson Logan Gillespie. Also, surviving are his brothers John Taylor (Kay) and Jim Taylor (Cheryl) as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service officiated by Rev. Guy Duvall will be held Sunday, February 26th with a drive-thru visitation to follow from 2:30-3:30 pm at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 206 Ridgecrest Baptist Church Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made Ridgecrest Baptist Church Attn: Cemetery Fund, 206 Ridgecrest Baptist Church Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.