John Thomas Taylor, age 74, of Shelbyville, passed away early Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral home with Ritchie Taylor officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at noon.
Born on October 29, 1947, in the Deason community of Bedford County, he was the son of the late Robert F. and Nannie Mable Prince Taylor. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Russell, Frankie and Chuck Taylor; and sister, Betty Jane Taylor.
John Thomas graduated Bell Buckle High School class of 1965 and received his master barber license from Nashville Barber School. He was a barber for 30+ years before retiring, and was co-owner of Moon & Taylor Barber Shop. He then began a second career for 16 years with Beaman Automotive as a dealer/ trader.
John Thomas enjoyed fellowship with family and friends more than anything. Cooking for others was his favorite way to gather with those that he loved. Playing and watching sports, especially golf and baseball provided a median for competition and fellowship throughout his adult life. Baseball, however, was a love that started in his youth that later in life he shared with younger generations by his love of coaching, specializing in pitching.
He is survived by: loving wife of 5 years, Kimberley Ann Ladner Taylor of Shelbyville; daughter, Carrie Brooke (Josh) Simmons of Shelbyville; grandson and best bud, Nate Simmons; sister, Juanita Taylor of Alabama; brother, Don (Joanne) Taylor of Nolensville; nieces, Ann Marie, Trisha, and Kristie; nephews, Ritchie, Marsh, Chris, Joey, and Ted; also in-laws, J. Larry and Peggy Ladner; sister-in-law, Pam (Larry) Phipps; and brothers-in-law, Jay (Jennifer) and Stewart (Angie) Ladner.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions be made in John Thomas’ name to The Webb School’s baseball program by mail: P.O. Box 488, Bell Buckle, TN 37020.