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Laurie Lynne Evans Taylor

Laurie Lynne Taylor, age 63, of Lebanon, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on January 26, 2020, after a brave journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Laurie was born on July 6, 1956, to Peggy Bellar Evans and Robert Thomas Evans. She was married on May 1, 1977 at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, Tennessee to Terry D. Taylor of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

First and foremost, Laurie was a devoted wife, homemaker, and mother to Carrie Beth and Jeremy. She had a unique way of making children feel loved. During her “empty nest” years, she became a nanny for two professional families, nurturing their children as faithfully as she did her own. Laurie became a favorite Mom of the Phi Mu Sorority at the University of Alabama while Carrie Beth was an active member. She was an extraordinarily gifted crafts person who found great joy in creating various craft items, including baby swaddling blankets, which she continued to create until recently. She had a talented eye for interior design and an uncommon affection for beautiful furniture and antiques. She never met a chair she didn’t love. She had a knack for bargain hunting. If everyone had shopped with the same money-saving savvy as Laurie, the economy might have gone into bankruptcy.

Laurie served God faithfully in her calling as a music minister’s wife. She directed preschool choirs for over 30 years, impacting the lives of countless children. She sang soprano in the choir and as a soloist. She was known for designing attention-getting window displays in church libraries. True to her red hair and fiery temperament, she did not shy away from the challenges of life and ministry. Terry often declared, in her presence and to her delight, “She’s not always right, but she’s never in doubt.” Laurie displayed a huge heart of generosity, especially when a child or young person was in need.

Laurie is survived by her husband, Terry D. Taylor, two children, Carrie Beth Taylor and Jeremy Taylor (Christy); three grandchildren, Cayden Champion, IsaBeall and Hudson Taylor; two sisters, Lisa (Benny) Nolen, and Susan (Marc) Huddleson; and her mother, Peggy Bellar Evans. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Russell Evans, and her father, Robert Thomas Evans.

The visitation and memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Visitation is from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the Celebration of Life service begins at 2:00 p.m. The visitation and service both will be held at Laurie’s home church, First Baptist Church, 227 East Main Street, Lebanon, TN, 37087.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following: Music City SoundTracks, an outreach music ministry for socially and economically challenged children founded by Terry D. Taylor, 4930 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211, or Joseph’s Storehouse, a faith-based food ministry founded by Peggy and Robert Evans, 1960 SE Tater Peeler Rd, Lebanon, TN 37090.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142

Messages for the Family

  1. Elaine Herrin Onley says:
    Terry and family, I am truly saddened to learn of the homegoing of your beautiful wife. You have not lost her, as you know where she is. However, like my recent loss of Ed, you will certainly know the emptiness resulting from her lack of physical presence. My prayers are with you today and in days to come.
  2. Annetta Kilgore says:
    My heart is breaking for you all. You will never how what your family meant to me at FBC Dothan. I’m so sad that Laurie had to endure this dreaded disease but rejoicing that she is now with her Lord and Savior! I am praying for all of you and love you forever!!!
    • Jane Thornton says:
      So very sorry to hear of this loss of this sweet lady. Dothan was so fortunate to have the Taylor Family and First Baptist Dothan was Blessed to have known and worshipped with each of you. Our prayers are with you in this journey.
  3. Sherry says:
    Praying for peace for your family. Very sorry for your loss.
  4. Dennis W. Foust says:
    Terry, I am saddened to hear this news. May you and your family sense God’s Presence through these miles of life’s journey. Shalom!
  5. Marilyn Bishop says:
    Terry, my love and prayers are with you, Carrie Beth , Jeremy and family. I have nothing but good memories of precious Laurie. My heart broke knowing that this talented and feisty lady was battling this horrible disease. Rest in peace, beautiful Laurie.
    • Lynn and RG Evans says:
      Terry, we are heartbroken to learn this news! How fondly we remember your darling wife- her beautiful voice, her bubbly personality, her wardrobe of stylish reading glasses, and her creative ideas!!!
      Our deep sympathy to your entire family! May God grant you peace that passeth understanding! Much love
      Lynn and RG Evans
  6. Cornelia Suynco says:
    Terry, my heart truly aches for you and the family. You and Laurie were a special part of my life and her home going just seems too soon. May God fill your hearts with His peace and love that is never ending, everlasting. Much love, Cornelia
  7. Suzie Cole says:
    What a beautiful tribute! I never had the chance to meet her, but she sounds like the perfect match for the wonderful man you are, Terry. We are always blessed when you are with us in the FHBC choir. Praying for God’s peace for all of you as your grieve.
  8. Brenda Webb says:
    Terry, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved wife. I wasn’t aware she had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and I’m truly saddened she had to endure this. I lost my husband four years ago after a very long illness. So I know the journey on wish you are embarking. My prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and give you peace during the next days.
  9. Andrea Sledge says:
    Terry, Henry and I are so sorry for your loss. You and all of your family are in our prayers.
  10. Judy Wise says:
    Terry, Much love and prayers are with you and your family. I have special memories being with Laurie when she was using her beautiful gifts from God making and doing special things. She was very creative and did so much for others. I ask God to give all of you Comfort and Peace during this time.
  11. Jane Callison says:
    Terry, I am very sorry to hear about this. I have many fond memories of you and Laurie. We are praying for your family.
  12. Susan S Ward says:
    Terry, my heart is breaking for you and your entire family. I know how very much you loved Laurie. She was a wonderful encourager to you and everyone she met. Please share my love and sympathy with your entire family, especially your grandchildren. I’m sure they were truly her heartstrings. May God continue to bless you with His peace and understanding. Love and prayers from all your friends in North Carolina.
    • Cindy Alimpich says:
      Terry, I’m so very sorry to hear of this sad news. I’m praying for comfort and peace for you and your kids.
  13. Jo and Stanley says:
    Terry, we are so sorry for Laurie and your sad journey through this unmerciful illness. May you know that our prayers for you and your family will continue. God blessed us with her presence and we will remember to thank Him for that blessing and for you.
  14. Faye Best says:
    Terry, Carrie Beth, and Jeremy I am so very sorry for your loss. Laurie was such a sweet friend! I enjoyed sitting by her in choir, and sharing stories about our children. Please know that you are being remembered in prayer. Love to you all, Faye
  15. Patrick Moore says:
    Terry, blessed condolences my friend. Prayers to you and your family.
  16. LADONNA GIBBS says:
    Terry, we are so saddened to hear this devastating news. Prayers lifted for your peace in the days ahead. Randy & LaDonna Gibbs
  17. Elaine Mount says:
    I am sadden to hear about Laurie. She was so sweet to the kids at Joseph Storehouse handing out toys and stuff kids enjoy. Sister Peggy, please know you are in my heart and in my prayers. I will see you at the Celebration of her life.
  18. Maxine Moates says:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
  19. Maxine Moates says:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very special lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
  20. Cynthia Watts says:
    I’m shocked and saddened by this news! I understand the illness as I am walking through it with my husband, but I haven’t experienced the loss. I enjoyed sitting by her in choir, and could tell how intelligent she was.
    Prayers and blessings for these days ahead.
    • Mary Andrews says:
      So very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing, and my prayers are with you. Your family was such a joy and a blessing to all who knew you here In Dothan, and the memories are precious. Rest In Peace, Laurie.
  21. Gary and Donna Storey says:
    Terry, May God you and your family peace and comfort at this time. We celebrate Laurie’s home going and we will see her again some day. Prayers for you and your family!
  22. Buford Cox says:
    Terry, I am deeply sorry to read this. I cannot imagine your pain, but I will certainly be praying for you and your family.
  23. Kyle Matthews says:
    Terry, you have my deepest sympathies for this great loss in your life and for the “long goodbye of this cruel disease. You are loved by friends like me all over the countryside, and I hope you have a strong sense of that these days. We are grateful to God for Laurie’s life, and we are grateful for you!
  24. Beverly and Steve Johnson says:
    May the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness, cherished memories bring you moments of comfort, and peace surround your grieving hearts. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
  25. Kimber Williams says:
    Carrie Beth, Jeremy, and Mr. Taylor,
    Mrs. Laurie was one in a million, she radiated love and compassion; her desire for the Lord was contagious. I’m sure her departure from this earth has left a giant void in your hearts, but rest assured that she is rejoicing with the angels, and completely restored. Sending love and prayers during this most difficult time. I will never forget her.
  26. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Laurie was a unique person and had a way of making you feel special. I loved her smile and sweet countenance.
    Our prayers are with you.
  27. Gayle Stewart says:
    My heart hurts for all of you. We love you & your family. Laurie was a sweet and talented woman. God Bless you all. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
    • Mary Alice Townsend says:
      Sooo sad for your loss! Laurie was a beautiful lady inside & out. Such a special friend to all. Your family has always had a special place in my heart. Love you, Mary Alice Townsend
  28. Darlene Ream says:
    Terry, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I cannot imagine how tough this must be for you and your family. You are in our thought and prayers.
  29. Ron and Barbara Shinn says:
    Terry, Ron and I are so very sorry to learn this sad news. May she rest in Christ forever!
  30. Joan & Mike Newman says:
    We love you and cherish all of the wonderful memories of the fun times we shared earlier in our lives. Laurie was a talented and creative partner and friend. We pray for you.
  31. Nan Grantham says:
    Terry, as I have felt your compassion and support in the years since I lost Kerry, I now offer the same to you. Your focus on keeping all your many jobs moving forward, you did it regardless of how you must have been feeling inside. May God bless you in the wonderful knowledge that Laurie is whole and happy and celebrating life beyond our wildest immaginations.
  32. Katrina Marler says:
    Terry, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  33. Carol Windham says:
    Terry, Carrie Beth and Jeremy, we were so saddened to hear about Laurie……so many memories came flooding in! It has been many years but memories are wonderful things! You can’t lose them! My thought is that now she is whole and clear minded and in the presence of Jesus! She wouldn’t want to leave! She has arrived! Love and Blessings to all of you!
  34. Leanne Robbins says:
    Terry – I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
  35. Sally Lawrence says:
    Terry, you and Laurie and the kids blessed us so much at FBC Norman. To us you were family. My children still sing songs you directed them in children’s choir singing. We love you and our hearts break for you. Having just lost my mom to Alzheimer’s in July I know that you are glad she is “whole” again. Know you are in my prayers. We love you!
  36. Angie Glover says:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Know that I am praying for you and your family. You and your family meant a lot to our church. We mourn with you in Laurie’s passing. God bless.
  37. Charles House says:
    Terry, I am sorry for the loss of you sweet wife, and understand the grief that comes with it. Joan passed on to Heaven in August. Robert send this news to Harriet and Priscilla, who also send their condolences. I recommend Grief Share, which I am in. Charles House
  38. Vickie Riggs says:
    Terry and family please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Think of you often.
    So sorry you all have gone through so much over the last week, months and years. What care and love you have shown Laurie. Praying for peace, comfort and joy in the days ahead.