Richard Darr Taylor, 89, received 60-year service award from Freemasons

Richard Darr Taylor died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. He was 89.

richar darrHe was the son of the late Malcolm Samuel and Lura Whitman Taylor. Darr was born in the Mt. Pilgrim area, moved to Stoney Hill Community and later to the town of Prosperity. After high school, he entered into a ship fitter apprenticeship at the Navy Yard in Charleston.

From 1944 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy. After moving to the Columbia area in the early 1960s, he worked for Allied Chemical and before his final retirement, other jobs included Miller Tire Co. and The Coca-Cola Co. Darr was also a Freemason having just received his 60-year service award earlier this year.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Humphrey Taylor; daughters Maxine Watkins (Kent), Darlene Henderson (Jeff), Kathleen Fitch (Bryan); grandchildren Blake Watkins, Lisa Watkins, Danielle Henderson and Michael Henderson; in addition several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, his four brothers, Ernest, Homer, John Ralph, and Joel, predeceased him.

Memorials may be made to Shady Grove UMC, 1918 Shady Grove Road, Irmo, SC 29063 or Boylston Masonic Lodge #123, P.O. Box 502, Ballentine, SC 29002.

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