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In Memory of

Sarah Anderson Taylor

August 20, 1928 - September 3, 2017

Obituary


Sarah Frances Anderson Taylor was born Aug. 20, 1928 on the Anderson family farm north of Gadsden, AL, and died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2017, in Knoxville, TN. She is now rejoicing in Heaven with her husband of 57 yrs, Eschol Grady Taylor, her parents, Gaston Robert Anderson and Nell Waldrop Anderson, her brother, Robert Jean Anderson and brother-in-law Harold Gautney, who was like a brother to her. Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Alice Jane Gautney, of Cordele, GA, her children, Deborah Heitzke and husband Stephen of Boerne, TX, David Taylor and...

Sarah Frances Anderson Taylor was born Aug. 20, 1928 on the Anderson family farm north of Gadsden, AL, and died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2017, in Knoxville, TN. She is now rejoicing in Heaven with her husband of 57 yrs, Eschol Grady Taylor, her parents, Gaston Robert Anderson and Nell Waldrop Anderson, her brother, Robert Jean Anderson and brother-in-law Harold Gautney, who was like a brother to her. Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Alice Jane Gautney, of Cordele, GA, her children, Deborah Heitzke and husband Stephen of Boerne, TX, David Taylor and wife Sharon of Knoxville, TN, and her grandchildren, Michael Heitzke of Nashville, TN, Kerstin Heitzke of New York, NY, Nicholas Johnson of Nashville, TN, Thomas Taylor, and Lyndsey Johnson, both of Knoxville, TN. She is, also, survived by her nephew, Steven Gautney and family of Cordele, GA, niece Loretta Kahler and family of Tuscaloosa, AL, nephew Richard Taylor and family of Southside, AL, niece Edna Stewart and family of Oxford and Jacksonville, AL, and many other Anderson and Waldrop relatives.

Sarah graduated from Gaston School, and was class Salutatorian. She was an excellent student, and could remember studying at night by a kerosene lamp before electricity was available in North Gadsden. In 1950, she graduated from the State Teacher's College (now Jacksonville University), and was an elementary school teacher for many years in Gadsden and Huntsville. She loved teaching children. She and Eschol married on Aug. 13, 1950 where they met, at James Memorial Baptist Church in Gadsden, and later moved to Huntsville, where they raised their family. They were charter members of University Baptist Church in Huntsville, and were active members. Sarah worked in the church library and taught Sunday School. After Eschol's retirement from Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, they moved back to Gadsden to be near family. They were members of James Memorial Baptist Church and loved their church family. Sarah loved spending time outdoors, and enjoyed gardening. Her happiest times were spent on the farm, and she loved nature and animals. She taught her children the value of an education and hard work, and gave selflessly to her family. We will be forever grateful.

Sarah moved to Regency Pointe in 2008, and we would like to thank Penny Pondick and the staff in Memory Care for their loving care during her residency there. In 2013, Sarah moved to Knoxville, TN to live near her son and family. We would like to thank Dr. Caleb Warren, the staff at Enlivant Memory Care at Deane Hill Place, and UT Hospice for their care.

A graveside service will be held at Crestwood Cemetery in Gadsden, AL, on Sept. 9 at 11 am. Collier-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sarah will be laid to rest between her father and her husband, just as she wished. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made in her memory to Music and Memory, Inc., Meals on Wheels, or your local Senior Citizen Center.

"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13