Roy Frederick Taylor

August 08, 2019

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, Roy Frederick Taylor, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, passed away at age 83.

Roy was born in Louisiana to Roy S. and Mary G. Neill Taylor. He moved to Longview, Texas, in his teens, and attended Foster Junior High, Longview High School, and Kilgore College. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became a Master Machinist – serving the East Texas area for more than 60 years.

Roy married Joyce Denney on Aug. 10, 1958, and had two children, Mark and Dawn.

Roy enjoyed hunting and fishing, walking in the woods with his children and grandchildren, gardening, and spending time with his friends and family. He was a man of traditional values, and never met a stranger. After his initial retirement, he worked for the Texas State Railroad, where he repaired or fabricated parts for antique steam trains and built seasonal props for Thomas the Train and the Polar Express. He was a man of faith and a deacon in his church, and was known for his humor, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Mr. Taylor will be held at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.