Dr. Richard Clark Taylor

Dr. Richard (Dick) Clark Taylor, 75, of Lewisburg died July 7, 2019, at his home.


After finishing medical school, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in California for two years and in the reserves for five years. He worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Giles County for several years. After leaving the hospital in Pulaski, he traveled to fill in for other physicians. His travels took him to Maine, North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona and New Mexico. He retired in 2014 and enjoyed working on the farm in northern Giles County that he loved. He was an accomplished carpenter and gardener. His greatest pleasure was cooking and kitchen gadgets. He loved to cook for others and always found unique recipes. He was also an avid animal lover. He would stop to help a turtle across the road, pick up animals he found and opened his door to those who found him. Many people thought he was gruff, but those who knew him well, knew he had a heart of gold and would help anyway he could. He is preceded in death by parents, Don and Eileen Taylor; and sister Donna.


Visitation will be Friday, July 12, from 4-7 p.m. at Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home and Crematory.


A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home and Crematory with Mark Johnson officiating and full military honors following.


Memorial donations may be made by donating to animal rescues, fostering or adopting the wonderful forgotten animals.


Survivors include wife Kelly Dean-Taylor of Lewisburg; brother Kent Taylor of Texas; sisters, Twila McLaughlin and husband Paul of Arizona, Dee Taylor of Indiana, Deb Guse and husband Dennis of Colorado; and several nephews and nieces.