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John D. Taylor

December 19, 1914 January 7, 2008
John D. Taylor
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John Davis Taylor, 93
John Davis Taylor of Prince Frederick, MD died on Monday, January 7, 2008 at his residence.
He was born on December 19, 1914 in Philadelphia, PA
and was adopted by his mother's sister, Lena Henson Taylor and her husband Walter of Philadelphia, Pa.
He had two brothers who preceded him in death, George Henson of Adelina, Md. and Norman Minor of Philadelphia, Pa..
As a young boy he moved to Calvert County where his grandparents, Thomas and Lou Henson of Adelina, Md. continued his upbringing. He attended the public schools of Calvert County, where he lived out the rest of his life. He joined Western United Methodist Church, what is now known as Carroll-Western United Methodist Church.
In 1936, John married his wife, Erma Gross, in Philadelphia, Pa. To this union, five children were born: two girls, Peggy and Erma Clarice, and three boys, Elmer, Earl, and Henry Anthony.
Over the course of his lifetime he had many jobs, including positions at Patuxent Naval Air Station and Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, but it was his work as a driver and salesman for Doc Simmons' medicine truck that earned him the title, "medicine man". Traveling all over Calvert County in the early 1930's selling rubbing ointments, liniments and seasoning extracts, his natural charm, skillful story-telling and engaging wit endeared him to everyone he met. Known to have more than one job at a time, he always remained a farmer-a tobacco farmer.
"John Bull", as he was affectionately known, was full of constant energy, a consummate jokester and an all-around entertainer. He was a trusted peace-maker, known for his ability to smooth things out among co-workers, friends and family. His kindness and generosity will always be remembered by all who knew him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 71 years, Erma Gross Taylor of Prince Frederick, Md.; five children, Peggy Taylor Leeper of Prince Frederick, Md., Elmer D. Taylor of Framingham, Mass., Earl M. Taylor (Ann) of Prince Frederick, Md., Erma Clarice Taylor of Washington, D.C., and Henry Anthony Taylor (Bonet) of Prince Frederick, Md.; six grandchildren, Wayne Taylor, Sharon Taylor Conway, Angela Leeper, Stephen Taylor, Curtis Taylor (Monique), and Christopher Taylor; one great-grandchild, Candace Curtis, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home with Michael Middleton, officiating.
The interment was at Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, MD.
The pallbearers were Monroe, Joseph, Phillip, Charles, Larry, and Marcus Henson

Southern Memorial Gardens 10155 Ward Road Dunkirk, MD 20754 (map/driving directions)

10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Saturday, January 12, 2008 (map/driving directions)

11:00 A.M. at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Saturday, January 12, 2008 (map/driving directions)


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