Myron William Taylor, 82, of Carterville, passed away at 10:51 p.m., June 8th, 2021, at Manor Court in Carbondale, due to several conditions.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 14, 2021, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Rev. Brad Harlow officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the funeral home.
Myron was born May 15, 1939, to Noel Myron and Edna Inez (Price) Taylor, in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1942, the family moved to Marion, and in 1945, moved to Carbondale. Due to his father’s position with Illinois Baptist State Association, the family attended the Southern Baptist Conventions in many states. Myron missed his 1957 high school graduation ceremony from Carbondale Community High School because he had been chosen to be a Paige at the Southern Baptist Convention that year. In 1961, he graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in accounting. He married Nancy Kagy that year. In 1969, they adopted a son, Dirk Alan. He worked for several firms as an accountant, and in 1977 was hired by the Northrup Corporation to go to Iran and set up an accounting system there. After all the political issues at the time, he and his family had to suddenly leave the country. Next, after several life changes, he decided to become an over-the-road truck driver. He drove for ACB in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and C & L in Bald Knob, Arkansas. Next, he drove eight years for Paschal Truck Lines (PTL) in Murray, Kentucky, with four years in the Safety Department. In 1991, he married Coralue Venable Moon. In 1997, he was Driver of the Year for PTL. Next, he drove for Consolidated Personnel Corporation (CPC), for six months. He then became a Field/Account Manager managing their Walgreen Account. He retired from CPC in January, 2005.
He joined First Baptist Church of Carterville, in December, 1989. In 2002, he was elected to serve as a deacon. He later became a Royal Ambassador leader, Brotherhood Director, and Williamson Baptist Association Brotherhood Director. He, also, was in the initiation of a new Sunday School Class, the Barnabas Class, which he taught for several years.
After his retirement, he kept his Commercial Driver’s License active. In 2005, when Katrina hit, he went to Bogalusa, Louisiana, and worked on the feeding unit. After that, he drove the unit to Dayton, Texas, for Rita, and then, on to Boca Raton, Florida, for Wilma. He turned into the official driver for the feeding unit whenever it was called out. He later became the Disaster Relief Coordinator for Williamson Association. He has directed or responded to call-outs to Longmont, Colorado, for massive flooding; next to Sturgis, S. Dakota, due to a massive snow storm; and then for tornado damage in Brookport, Illinois. Then, directed a response to the Mega Storm Sandy; a tornado in St. Charles, Missouri; flooding in Peoria and Marseilles, Illinois; and tornado damage at Indian Camp Church in Williamson Association. When the derecho hit in 2009, he assisted and directed wherever needed. In July, 2015, he directed teams to Sublette, Illinois, after storm damage on June 22nd of that year. In 2016-2017, he directed teams to South Carolina, northern Illinois, southern Illinois, Missouri, and Texas.
Amidst all of this Disaster Relief work, he hauled loads of food for Feed My Starving Children. He would take the trailer to a designated area in the north, where it would be loaded, and then take it to a designated southern port, where it would be taken to Haiti. He made several trips for this organization.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Dr. Noel and Inez Taylor; his in-laws, Berenice and Earl Venable; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Armstrong; brother-in law, William Venable; along with many cousins.
He leaves his wife, Cora; son, Dirk Alan of Dallas, Texas; step-children, Kendra Moon Barnes and Stephen Moon, both of Carterville; step-grandchildren, Bryan Barnes of Carbondale and Kinley Barnes of Carterville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Heidi) Taylor of Lutz, Florida and Philip (Hedy) Helsell of Dallas, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Clark) Bush of Simpsonville, S. Carolina; sister-in-law, Sharon Venable of Carterville; brother-in-law, Tommie Armstrong of Anna. Other nieces and nephews surviving him are: Claudia Adrien of Tampa, Florida; Eric (Sandra) Adrien and their daughter Maeva, all of Brussels, Belguim; Daniel Taylor of Dallas, Texas; Erich Fritz (Melissa Mather) and their children Miles, Reese, and Adele Fritzmather of Austin, Texas; Tanya Fritz-Catalano (Paul Catalono) of Kansas City, Kansas and their children, Bohden and Maya Catalano; Noel Bush (Luzie Lenzner), and their children Benjamin Bush, and Gustav and Edgar Lenzner, of Berlin, Germany; Eric (Carrie) Bush, and their children, Jacob and Matthew Bush, of Simpsonville, S. Carolina.
Donations may be made to the Williamson Baptist Disaster Relief Fund, 10093 Old Bainbridge Trail, Marion, IL, 62959.
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