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Dec. 1, 1946—July 12, 2015 Grady Eldon Taylor, 68, of Crossville, passed away July 12, 2015, at Cumberland Medical Center. Grady was born Dec. 1, 1946, in Smithville, TN, the son of the late Roy Taylor and Lila Grady Durham Taylor. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1969, with degrees in finance and economics and accounting. After moving to Crossville to work in a CPA firm in the early 1970s, Grady became Crossville's first city manager. For the next 40 years, Grady was a practicing CPA in both Crossville and Smithville. At the same time, he was also instrumental in the city of Crossville's growth through many real estate development projects. Grady was a member of Pomona United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening and ranching. At one time, he operated a registered Red Angus cattle herd. Grady was an avid outdoorsman. His best times were had hunting with friends, traveling to South Dakota for pheasant hunts or enjoying their annual dove hunts. He loved fishing at Meadow Park and Center Hill lakes. Grady lives on through his loved ones: wife, Diane Wilson Taylor of Crossville; daughters, Valerie Keyes and husband, Tom, of Crossville, and Carmen Taylor of Crossville; brothers, Paul Taylor of Smithville and Ricky Taylor of Cookeville; and sisters, Margaret Judkins and Freda Whaley, both of Smithville. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends, as well as his very special dove hunting partner and friend, Jackson Proffitt. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home July 16, with Bro. Jerry Mayo and Bro. Louis Davis officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Laney Colvard, Dennis Hinch, Bill Matherly, Kevin Matherly, Joe Reed, Sam Sherrill, Fred Stout and Buck Wood. Honorary pallbearers included Mark Ashburn, Dr. Chris Bell, Chester Bush, Dr. Hugh Don Cripps, Phillip Dixon, Tommy French, George Hamilton, Kenneth Hutchings, Jack Jamieson, Dr. M.H. Koucheki, George Marlow, Steve Mullinax, Bill Potter, Clifford Pugh, Ralph Reed, David Rose, Mark Sliger, Dale Wilson, Bruce Wyatt and all of Grady's loyal clients which he would more likely call friends. Memorials may be made to the Pomona United Methodist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 623, Crossville, TN 38557. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
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