Anthony "Tony" Wayne Taylor
Anchorage resident Anthony “Tony” Wayne Taylor died Thursday. Feb. 15, 2007, at home after a 38- year battle with diabetes. He was 48.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19., at the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski on Island Lake Road. Viewing will be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will follow the funeral at McGahan Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the church.
Mr. Taylor was born Aug. 5, 1958, in Jacksonville, Fla. He moved to Anchorage with his family in 1966, then settled in Nikiski. He graduated from Nikiski Christian School in 1977 and later moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., where he met his wife, Trish. They were married Aug. 13, 1980. Mr. Taylor graduated from the National Institution of Technology with a diploma in electronic engineering technology. He moved his family back to Nikiski in 1983. Though illness continuously interfered with full-time employment, he worked various contract jobs in the area and also worked for his brother at Steve’s Chevron.
“Tony embraced our Savior at the age of 5, and was very active in his church as a Sunday school teacher, choir leader and AWANA leader. His hunger and love for the Lord was evidenced by many years of intense Bible study and prayer. Tony was a loving husband, devoted father, and a friend to many. His family will always remember him for his faith, strength and courage as he faced all of the complications and losses associated with his illness,” his family said.
Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Ann Taylor; father, Dalmos Taylor; grandparents, Andrew and Hazel Miller; and beloved friend and family member, Mac McCaughy.
He is survived by his wife; children, Kari Taylor and TJ Taylor; grandson, Burley Taylor; mother, Hilda Spires; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Mary Taylor; sisters, Tina Taylor and her husband, Vernell Schneider, Sherry and her husband, Steve Sanders, and Rene Spires; nieces, Vanessa Taylor and Jessica Johnson; nephews, Michael Queen, Bryan Taylor, Lance McCaughy, Jeremiah Sanders, Joshua Sanders and Aaron Sanders; and great-nephews, Brayden Queen and Mylan Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tony Taylor Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, account No. 2526627993.
Arrangement were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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