Reprinted with permission of Chattanoogan.com
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
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
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.