John Robert Taylor walked into the arms of his Lord and Savior on June 1, 2023 at the age of 55. John was surrounded by the family that loved him and that he loved so well. He leaves behind his loving wife, Pamela Palmer Taylor and children Caroline and Carson; Sisters Kimberly Taylor Weeks (Keith) and Susan Taylor Wilson (Tim); Father Guadelupe “Wally” Taylor; nieces and nephew and In-laws that loved him as their own. He was preceded in death by his mother Carole Waldrop Taylor and grandparents.
John was a great man that loved nothing more than his wife and children. He worked incredibly hard every day to serve them and provide for them despite his own health issues. John fought cancer for years with grace, strength and courage and he never complained about his circumstances or wanted his cancer to keep him from living life to the fullest, and loving and serving others. To the contrary he felt very blessed and never let most people know that he was ill. He took care of so many details both big and small but never took credit for anything. He was humble, patient, and generous with his time. But not to be overlooked was that he had a quick dry wit that kept people laughing and never expecting or knowing what he might say next.
John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama where he played the trumpet in the Million Dollar Band. John loved the Crimson Tide and cheering for the Tide on football Saturdays. John also loved live music and especially the sound of brass instruments. Playing the trumpet was one of his greatest joys. He made wonderful memories and life long friendships being a part of his high school band and the University of Alabama marching bands. John also earned his Masters in Business Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). John worked for UAB for most of his career serving most recently as the Information Technology Director for the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. John had the unique gift of being both a technical expertise in his field as well as the ability to build lasting interpersonal relationships and his staff and coworkers loved working with him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Vestavia Hills Methodist Church, 2061 Kentucky Avenue, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society or the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, 1729 2nd Avenue S, WTI 210, Birmingham, AL 35294. To make a gift online: www.onealcanceruab.org/giving.