Hoy Lewis Taylor, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on June 17, 2022.
He was born April 15, 1933, to the late Hoy and Elsie Taylor. Hoy grew up in the Woodlawn area, where he attended Holman Elementary and Woodlawn High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration. His post-graduate emphasis would include Bear Bryant and Nick Saban football—Roll Tide. He married his childhood sweetheart Carol Louise Hendricks on February 22, 1957, recently celebrating 65 years of marriage. Hoy’s career in banking included Branch Manager of First National Bank in Pinson, then participating in the founding of City National Bank of Birmingham, where the opening day deposits were a record for banking in the state of Alabama in 1965. Hoy would finish his career as President of First Alabama/Regions Bank in Oneonta, retiring in 1997.
Hoy’s passions in life were many. He and Carol built their dream home on a beautiful wooded property in Pinson in 1968. His life was centered on this property right up to his last day on earth. Within his home, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren giggled and played. Many pets came and went, including his beloved Maltese, Zeke, just a few years ago. Hoy and Carol loved to travel. Their journeys included trips from Maine to Mendocino and all points between, with their beloved continuing education trip to Switzerland being the crown jewel of their journeys. Hoy’s passion was coming home to the property that whispered the memories and joys of his life. You could always find Dad sitting in his chair on his porch or on the mountainside behind the house, watching his beloved deer and turkey. His life perhaps defined the word “eccentric,” but it was those very “eccentricities” that made him special to all who knew and loved him. He will always be remembered by his beloved family when listening to the sound of the breezes blowing through the tall pines where he no doubts connected to the peaceful whispers of his God.
Hoy is survived by his best friend and wife of 65 years, Carol Hendricks Taylor; son Craig Lewis Taylor and wife Sandy of Lake Jackson, Texas; daughter Lori Taylor Evans of Pinson, Alabama; son David Selden Taylor of Oneonta, Alabama; his grandchildren include Tiffany Taylor Lunsford of Lake Jackson, Texas; Nathaniel Lewis Taylor of Adliswil, Switzerland; Jerry Dean Evans of Birmingham, Alabama; Jennifer Evans Cook of Helena, Alabama; Michael Benjamin Evans of Alabaster, Alabama; LaLane Taylor Arrington of Kimberly, Alabama; Shelby Taylor Raulston of Pell City Alabama; John David Taylor of Andalusia, Alabama—aka L.A.; Sarah Taylor Tekulve of Oneonta, Alabama. Hoy is also survived by his sister Elsie Taylor Mason and husband Walter; brother-in-law George Hendricks Jr. and wife J.R of Destin, Florida; and a multitude of great-grandchildren.
Hoy is preceded in death by his parents, Hoy and Elsie Taylor of Birmingham, Alabama; his beloved grandmother Minnie Louise Lancaster of Birmingham, Alabama.
Friends are invited for a visitation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Chapel in Birmingham, Alabama, with a graveside service to follow.