Joe W. Taylor of Elkton, renowned Artist, went home to his heavenly father on Friday evening, October 23, 2015 following an extended illness. Loved by all, his paintings of N.E. Florida, historic St. Augustine and beyond will live on forever.
Born in Indianapolis, Joe arrived in St. Augustine with his family in 1942 “in the middle of a hurricane,” riding in a Model A Ford. He attended local schools and in 1958 graduated from Ketterlinus High School. He was 17 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy.
After he got out of the service, Joe began studying art professionally including earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from then-Valdosta State and attending the New York Art Institute. In time he owned the Colours Studio Gallery on Aviles Street, retiring in 2002. He is currently an artist with the Gayle Nick Gallery.
He and his beautiful wife Gloria built an idyllic jasmine-covered cottage in Elkton where Joe had two studios for painting.
St. Augustine has been the subject of many of his paintings. He loved painting Lincolnville in particular. One can find his historic paintings, done painstakingly for accuracy, in museums and galleries worldwide. His big heart, infectious laugh, love of Southern Cookin’, and generosity are well known by his legions of friends and admirers. His priceless sense of humor and enormous talent touched many lives.
Joe was preceded in eternal rest by his parents and brother, Danny Taylor of Jacksonville and half-sister Jean Travis of Hollywood, Florida. He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife, Gloria Jeanne Taylor, daughters Vicki Marcey (Rob) of St. Augustine and Traci Taylor of Jacksonville, stepdaughter Debbie Clifford of St. Augustine, Cheryl Collins of Brunswick, Georgia, stepsons John Clifford of Polly Island, So. Carolina, and Allan Wages of St. Augustine, Beloved sisters ~ Judy DeBow (Tom) of Ponte Vedra and Vicki Johnston of St. Augustine. Joe adored and doted on his 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. His cherished dogs Roxie, Lire and Ginger, and one cat, Whiskey were always by his side.
Funeral service will be held 11 AM Tuesday at Craig Funeral Home, Fr. Kiran Medipalli officiating. A visitation will be held from 10-11 AM prior to the service. Burial will follow at Craig Memorial Park.
Flowers are accepted or donations can be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Community Hospice of N.E. Florida.
Joe would want us to Rejoice in the Memory of his Life ~ he was a man that lived every day to the fullest.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.