Jerry Lee Taylor, age 74 of Portland TN, passed away on November 21, 2017, after a brief illness.
Jerry was born in Richlands, Virginia on March 16, 1943 to Kyle and Elizabeth Wysor Taylor. Jerry spent most of his early years in Jonesborough, TN and after graduating from Jonesborough High School, he received a B.S. Degree in Finance from East Tennessee State University, graduated from the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University, and the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jerry worked as an Executive Vice President at First Tennessee Bank in Johnson City, Tennessee, before relocating to Portland, TN in 1984 to assume the role of President and CEO of The Farmers Bank. He was a Director at The Plateau Group, Inc., Chairman at Tennessee Business & Industrial Development Co., Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Board Member at Cumberland Mental Health Services and Financial Institution Products & Services, Inc. Jerry retired from The Farmers Bank in 2005 but stayed active as a Director until 2017.
He joined the Portland Rotary Club in 1985 and served as Club President in 1995 and 2000 as well as serving on Board of Directors for many terms. Jerry was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his service. He was also the Chairman of the Portland Area Planning Commission and Board Member for the Portland Area Library Foundation.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Kyle and Elizabeth Wysor Taylor, sister Joyce Taylor Bagot, brother Larry Joe Taylor and sister Judy Taylor Onks.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, June Good Taylor; daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Smith of White House, TN, and Jeanna Taylor of Portland, TN; and grandchildren, Matthew Smith, Evan Smith and MaKenzie Campbell. He will be missed by his loving dog and companion Scooter.
Visitation will be held on November 24th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home in Portland, TN, and at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home in Jonesborough, TN on November 26th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm with a graveside service to be held immediately following at Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to Moon Ranch Adventures in Portland, TN (www.moonranchadventures.com) or the charity of your choice.
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|EULOGIES & CONDOLENCES|
|June: So saddened to hear of your loss. Just
heard the news from Vince Keefauver today. My
prayers are with you and your family. We will all
||Sam and Judy Keen
|June, So very sorry to learn about Jerry’s passing. Reading
the obituary says what a full life he had. He will be missed by
his loving family and many many friends |
||Brenda Bennett Webb Campbell
So sad to hear of Jerry's passing, he was always
like a brother to me, when we worked together.
Really thought a lot of him.
Love and prayers to you and your girls. |
|I am saddened to learn of Jerry's death.
Privileged to work with him for several years
early in his career. A good man and a dedicated
||Jack and Sonja Cole
I am so sorry to read of Jerry’s passing. He was a good man
and was always nice to me. It hurts so much that we have not
stayed in touch. There was a sad misunderstanding and it still
hurts. My love to you and your girls and family.
May God richly bless you,
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