Carol Louise Hendricks Taylor of Lake Jackson, Texas went home to be with the Lord on July 13, 2023. She was born June 24,1938 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late George and Jesse Hendricks. She graduated from Woodlawn High School. She married her childhood sweetheart, Hoy Lewis Taylor on February 22, 1957.They celebrated 65 years of marriage prior to Hoy’s death in 2022. Carol worked for Southern Company for many years. In 1968 she and Hoy built their dream home on a beautiful, wooded property in Pinson. Within their home children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren giggled and played. Many pets came and went including their beloved Maltese, Zeke. Carol loved to travel with her husband Hoy, including trips from Maine to Mendocino and all points between. Switzerland being the crown jewel of their journeys.
Mom had the heart a teacher. She was an accomplished pianist and was gifted with a beautiful singing voice. She shared her love of music through teaching piano. Music moved her in life and in worship. Mom was unique, eccentric, and that is how she saw and lived her life. Her “naughty word” lesson plan to teach her grandson, Ben, to read was classic “Mer Mer”. Her children remember the summer day trips with their mom and her friend, Sue Abramson. Her grandchildren remember her teaching them to play cards, by the way, she always played to win. She taught the Bible throughout her life her last class ending just weeks ago. All teachers are students at heart and our mom was no exception. She completed her Associate Degree in Secretarial Science at Jefferson State Junior College in the 1980’s. At the age of 59 years, she returned to Samford University completing her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies.
Carol is survived by her 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; her 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; Sarah Taylor Tekulve of Oneonta, Alabama. Carol is also survived by her brother, George Hendricks and wife J.R. of Destin, Florida; sister-in-law Elsie Taylor Mason and husband Walter; and a multitude of great grandchildren.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Hoy Lewis Taylor; parents, George and Jesse Hendricks and her beloved aunt, Sunset Cleckler Bowden.
Friends are invited for a visitation at 11:00 am, followed by a service at noon on Thursday, July 20th at Jefferson Memorial Chapel in Birmingham, Alabama.