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Doris G Taylor

February 20, 1928 - July 20, 2014
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Doris Farnsworth Gilbert Taylor, our sweet "Baba", age 86, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the widow of James W. Gilbert, and wife of William C. Taylor, Jr. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born on February 20, 1928 in Greenville, S.C. she was the caring daughter of the late Wallace Henry Farnsworth and Ollie Southern Farnsworth. Music was an ever-present part of her life. She was offered a full voice scholarship to Westminster School of Music, which she declined to work for her father at Farnsworth Furniture Company. Baba was a pianist at Central Baptist Church from...
Doris Farnsworth Gilbert Taylor, our sweet "Baba", age 86, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the widow of James W. Gilbert, and wife of William C. Taylor, Jr. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born on February 20, 1928 in Greenville, S.C. she was the caring daughter of the late Wallace Henry Farnsworth and Ollie Southern Farnsworth. Music was an ever-present part of her life. She was offered a full voice scholarship to Westminster School of Music, which she declined to work for her father at Farnsworth Furniture Company. Baba was a pianist at Central Baptist Church from 1949-1954 and a contralto soloist at First Presbyterian Church from 1954-1967. Baba delighted in playing piano and singing songs with family and friends, and reliving her days as a pianist at the Poinsett Club. A graduate of Greenville High School, Doris began as a Secretary at Delph Hardware Company. Over the next 35 years, she studied business related courses at Ohio State University and Baldwin-Wallace College at the University of Houston. She eventually worked her way up to the Greenville Branch Manager, of the then named, Pleasants Hardware Consultants. As a member of Women in Construction and the first female Architectural Hardware Consultant in the Southeast, she was respected by all who dealt with her professionally and personally. Doris was chosen to receive the George P. Merrill Memorial Award, an award for significant contributions and services made to the hardware industry in North America. Baba is survived by her husband, William C. Taylor, Jr. of Greenville, S.C. She is also survived by her brother, Lt. Col. William W. Farnsworth (Gilla) of Mount Pleasant, S.C. Baba had two adoring daughters, Becky Phillips (Johnny) of Greer, S.C. and Julie Cote' (Patrick) of Rock Hill, S.C. In addition, she had three step-children, Bill Taylor, III (Carolyn), Ann Morgan (Scott), and Bob Taylor. Baba was a loving grandmother to 4 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. When asked, Baba said her children and grandchildren were her proudest achievements. Strong in her faith, she was continuously active in her churches, Central Baptist, First Presbyterian, St. Giles Presbyterian and Aldersgate United Methodist. She was a former member of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to Amy McCall, of Atkins Home Health, for her loving advocacy, care and support of Baba during her time of illness. Amy's experience, knowledge, and empathy made this transition much easier for Baba and the family. Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 23 at 3:00pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home with visitation prior to the service from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. A private burial will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, Baba and her family have requested that donations be sent to the following: www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/trusting-him-for-walker/205275 (To aid her great-grandson Walker Phillips) or McCall Hospice House(1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680) or The (donate.cancer.org) Arrangements under the direction of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Greenville, SC.

"Dear Becky and Johnny and Julie, Very saddened to hear the loss of your MOM. She was the mother on the block. She was so independent, loving and spent time..." Pat McMillan Parkinson (Fredericksburg, VA)

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