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James Edgar Taylor II, 84, of Gibsonville, North Carolina, died Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Burlington, North Carolina with his wife of 52 years at his side.
Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 1, 1934, to Sarah Helen (Gregory) and S. Blackwell “Ghost” Taylor. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1952. He continued his education with a BA from Yale University in 1956 and then an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1958. He went on to serve as an Officer in the United States Army with its Finance Corps, based at Camp Drum near Watertown, New York, where he met his future wife, Teri. He retired from the Army at the rank of First Lieutenant in 1961 and returned to the Cleveland, Ohio area to began a career in accounting at Ernst & Ernst as a Certified Public Accountant. Jim and Teri were married in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1966 and raised their three children in Gates Mills and then Chesterland, Ohio. Following his work as a public accountant, Jim owned and managed Discharge Machining, Inc. in Euclid, Ohio.
Jim enjoyed skiing and sailing on his boats, Ladybug and L.L. Boat, out of Mentor Harbor Yacht Club. He was happiest spending time with his family in these pursuits and also enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles, playing the piano and caring for various pet animals over the years, especially a golden retriever named Biff Oliver.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Marie Evereth “Teri”, his three children; daughter Britt Evereth Taylor and her husband John Jensen of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, daughter Priscilla Gregory “Pixie” and her husband Chad Hawkinson of Englewood, Colorado, and son Blackwell Oliver James “Bojay” and his wife Robin Melissa (Leary) of Andover, Massachusetts, his eight grandchildren; Aidan Gregory Jensen, Madeline Blackwell Jensen, Preston James Edgar Taylor, Luke Alexander Taylor, Avery Blackwell Taylor, Owen Hetch Hawkinson, Lucia Taylor Hawkinson, and Molly Tarah Hawkinson, and his brother Gregory Blackwell Taylor and his wife Anne, of Charlottesville, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter at 11:00 a.m. on December 8, 2018 in Burlington, NC, with the Reverend George Silides, Jr. officiating.
The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell and the kind staff at Liberty Commons for their support and dignified care of Jim.
Sign an online register book at www.omegafsc.com. Arrangements are in the care of Omega Funeral Service & Crematory.