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​Charles Richard Taylor Dies

Long career of support for Seventh-day Adventists Churches

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Charles Richard Taylor, 92, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. He was born November 2, 1921 in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The son of missionary parents, George and Gladys Taylor, Charles spent his childhood in Brazil, Chile and Argentina. He returned to the States to finish high school and attended Pacific Union College, graduating in 1942. He married June Laura Hulbert on August 20 of that year, then served a short time as an evangelist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1943 he accepted a position at what was to become Antillian College in Santa Clara, Cuba. For the next 32 years he worked in the Inter-American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists as teacher, youth leader, school administrator and division education secretary.

He received a Ph. D. in education from the University of Maryland in 1965. In 1975 he was elected to a position in the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Washington, D.C. He was an associate secretary and then secretary of the General Conference Education Department. Later he worked as assistant to Neal Wilson, president of the General Conference. He was instrumental in the founding of Global Mission.

Following a late retirement, he traveled widely with his wife and their friends, and enjoyed contact with a far-flung circle of friends connected with his work for the church around the globe. In 2006, he and June moved to Collegedale, Tn., to be near their son David. He died in the Hospice Care Center in Chattanooga, at the age of 92

He is survived by his wife, June, his son, David Charles Taylor and wife, Ann, two daughters, Myrna Jean Taylor and Donna June Evans, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Many of his students and co-workers from Inter-America stayed in touch with him throughout his life and will remember him with great affection. He dedicated his life to the work of the church and lived with integrity. His children especially remember and appreciate his patient and gentle caring for his wife in their last years together.

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