Ernest Eugene Taylor

May 25, 1928 - December 15, 2011

05/25/1928 - 12/15/2011

Ernest E. Taylor of Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville passed peacefully to his rest on Thursday, December 15, after a period of declining health.

Born May 25, 1928 to the late Homer and Cora Taylor, he lived a life of remarkable service to his church, to his family, and to his many friends. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy Cantini Taylor, and by two sons, Dennis E. Taylor and wife Carol, and Kendall Taylor and wife Jo Ann. He was ìPunkieî to his granddaughters Reneeí T. Feemster and husband Chuck, of Shelby, Kristina T. Nelson and husband Wayne of Charlottesville, VA, and Monica T. Howard and husband Josh of Tuxedo, along with great-grandsons Evan and Noah Feemster. He was known to a multitude of friends as ìErnest Teeî or ìT-Boneî. He is also survived by brothers George Taylor and Marion ìBoî Taylor, and sisters Elizabeth Taylor, Lillie Mae McMinn, and Cora McMinn, and by a large family of nieces and nephews. Brothers Clarence, Carl, and Lloyd Taylor predeceased him.

Mr. Taylor retired from Berkeley Mills (Kimberley-Clark) after 39 years, and later worked in the Wal-Mart garden center. He had been an active apple grower who also enjoyed his hydroponic greenhouse. He found special joy in his wooded acreage in Polk County along a bend of the Green River. Ernest was a gifted craftsman with a unique ability to build and maintain machinery. His work as a shift supervisor at Berkeley Mills gained the respect of all who worked with him and under his leadership. He was a giving and selfless man who spent countless hours helping neighbors in need, building the original facility of Hendersonville First Church of the Nazarene and building and maintaining the Nazarene Camp Meeting grounds on Upward Road. In 2008, a building there was named in honor of Ernest and Peggy in recognition of more than fifty years of faithful service.

A memorial to a life of quiet faith, integrity and investment in others will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 with Pastors Tom Smith and Harry Widener will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011 at the church. At other times, the family will be at the home, 763 Sugarloaf Road. The family wishes to thank Drs. James Caserio and Alan Huffman for their care and concern.

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Joe Cowan
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. We will continue to be praying for the family.

Hazel and Alan Baker
8 years ago


Sorry for your loss and we will be praying for you. May God Bless you during this time of sorrow.

David Fowler
8 years ago

Dennis and family,

I am sorry for your loss and offer sincere condolences. May the Lord comfort you and keep you.

Fairview Fire Department
8 years ago


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Highlands Fire Dept.
8 years ago

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Deborah Buckner
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. May God comfort you in the coming months as only HE can do. Our loss but heavens gain!!!

Jay & Carolyn Alley
8 years ago

Dennis, Carol & Family,

Thinking of you during this difficult and sad time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bobby & Kathy Furr
8 years ago

We have known and loved Earnest Tee & Peggy a long time. He will be missed. Peggy and family you are in our prayers.

Chris and Lynn Garren Lance
8 years ago

We are praying for the family during this difficult time. Mr. Taylor was a wonderful and kind man. May God be with you all and give you peace and comfort.

Dina Watts Hodges
8 years ago


Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss Earnest’s smiling face at camp. You are both loved.