Elder Charles Taylor was born January 12, 1921 and passed from this life on September 8, 2008. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Coast Guard. Ordained to the gospel ministry in 1959, Elder Taylor served a number of Primitive Baptist churches during his almost fifty years of pastoral ministry. These included the Welch Cove Primitive Baptist Church, Fontana Village, NC: Laws Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Maryville, TN; Lenoir City Primitive Baptist Church, Lenoir City, TN; Brooklet Primitive Baptist Church, Brooklet, GA; First Primitive Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, TX, Ramah Primitive Baptist Church, Barnesville, GA; and Grace Primitive Baptist Church, Loudon, TN. To honor Elder Taylorís service in leading her organization and constitution, Grace Church named him as her Pastor Emeritus in 1999.
His greatest joy was to pastor and be among Godís dear people. In his later years his eyesight and hearing problems hindered him from being able to pastor a church, but he truly had a pastorís heart that never wavered in its devotion to his Lord and in his love for the church of Jesus Christ. Even in the last week of his life when he knew the end of life on earth was near, he continued to speak words of encouragement and exhortation to his family and all who came to see him. He was consistent in his love for the doctrines of grace as a source of comfort and peace for Godís people from the very beginning of his ministry until the very end. His watchword was, to quote an old hymn, ďRedeeming love has been my theme, and shall be Ďtil I die.Ē His one desire was that his funeral would be a worship service and that the grace of God would be the message preached. Those in attendance sang hymns of grace in congregational singing, and the messages spoken were of Godís eternal love for His chosen and redeemed people. By his request, his sons conducted the funeral worship service. The family deeply appreciated all the brethren in the ministry, as well as the host of other dear church friends, who came to pay their respect to his memory.
Besides a host of loved ones from numerous church families, Elder Taylor leaves his dear companion of over sixty-two years, Agnes Taylor; and his three sons, Jim Taylor, Elder Bill Taylor, and Elder Steve Taylor, along with their wives, children and grand-children. His only daughter, Linda Taylor, preceded him in death.