Steven Warren Taylor age 48, of Crozet, Virginia, passed away August 10, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Born January 24, 1967, in Richmond, Virginia, he was a son of Ralph Austin and Ruby Clegg Coleman Taylor, of Albemarle County.
Steve and his parents moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, when he was a child. He was a graduate of Western Albemarle High School and attended Piedmont Community College, majoring in Electronic Technology and Engineering. His very first job, at the age of 14, was working for Mr. Lynwood Sandy Sr., repairing lawnmowers. Steve’s passion of automobile and motorcycle engines started his career as a mechanic, parts salesman and manager, and finally, a distributor.
Steve loved to work on cars, fish and attend antique car shows. He loved music, particularly rock and roll, and was known to DJ for fun in his spare time. He enjoyed vacations at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. He spent his last vacation at the Outer Banks, a gift from loving and supportive friends of Jim Price Automotive. He loved watching the waves and listening to the sounds at the seashore.
Steve valued time with his family and friends, sitting quietly, watching movies or talking about old times, squeezing his wisdom and concern for his loved ones into those quiet conversations. Things that were important to Steve were honesty, finish what you started, do it right the first time and be smart about it. He spent the last four years always hopeful for a miracle yet filled with grace and courage.
The family acknowledges with profound gratitude his nurse, Becky Swartz, for her devotion to Steve, her commitment to his wishes to stay at home, and the support of his family. They thank Dr. Geoffrey Weiss, Josie Landress, Dr. Julio Silvestre and the staff of the UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, Continuum Home Health, UVA Palliative Care and the Parkway Pharmacy.
There are no words to express the depth of gratitude for Steve’s very close uncle, Robert, his friends, Alan, Scott, Delia and Brook; and for Jim Price Automotive management and staff for their support and consideration allowing Lori to be with Steve through his journey.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emmet and Georgia McLaughlin Taylor and Robert Ernest Coleman, Sr. and Icy Belle Clegg Coleman.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Lori Ann Taylor; sons, Ryan Viar Taylor and Joel Steven Burgess-Taylor, and their mothers, Tammy Viar and Tammy Burgess-Wyland; paternal aunts and uncles, Jerry and Elke Taylor, of Dunmore, Theodore and Nancy Taylor, of Fort Defiance, Virginia, Jean Wimer, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Suellen and Donald Cosby, of Richmond, Virginia, and Betty Funkhouser, of Buena Vista, Virginia; maternal aunts and uncles, Betty and Luther Wiley, of Richmond, Virginia, Marian Phillips, of Winter Garden, Florida, and Robert and Karen Coleman, of Colonial Heights, Virginia; cousins; mother-in-law, Katherine Bernice Gar- rison; sisters-in-law, Lucy Garrison and Lena Garrison; a niece, Jessica Morgan Frazier; a nephew, Jason Paul Frazier; and a special great-niece, Vera Jane Smith.
Family will receive friends August 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville, Virginia. Funeral service is August 13 at 4 p.m. at Prize Hill Chapel in Boonesville, Virginia, with Rev. Dwayne “Chock” Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Prize Hill Cemetery. A reception will follow at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Boonesville.
Online condolences may be made at www.teaguefuneralhome.com