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Johnson Taylor, 87, of Savannah, Georgia, and husband of Hilda Scott Taylor, died Sunday morning, September 25, 2022, at Hospice Savannah.  Born in Baxley, Georgia, on September 12, 1935, he was the son of the late Jim and Maggie Jones Taylor.  He was a 40 plus year veteran of the Savannah Police Department.  Taylor loved spending time with his family and watching Matt Dillon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Barry W. Taylor and 4 siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Hilda Scott Taylor; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Tim Gibson; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Melissa Taylor; 5 grandchildren, Trey and Megan Gibson, Jonathan Gibson, Jared and Aleigha Gibson, Cody Taylor and Haley Taylor.  3 great grandchildren, his precious Emma Gibson, Jonathan “high 5” Gibson, Jr and Ryker Gibson.  Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Ernie Sessoms and sister-in-law Mickey Morgan.

Visitation, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 5pm to 6pm with Memorial immediately following.

Remembrances – Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box 13190, Savannah, GA  31419-0190.

Online Condolences

  1. Matt Wright says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.

  2. Stephen & Melissa Rivers says:

    We are sorry for the loss of Mr. Taylor. Our thoughts and prayers are with family & friends during this difficult time.

  3. Dean and Sharon Fagerstrom says:

    Gary: Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Please know that we are here for you!
    Love and Prayers my brother!

  4. Shawn & Laurie Taber says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. William Harvey says:

    May the Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him….

  6. Leon and Cynthia Griffin says:

    Hilda and Jamie,

    He was such a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Emma loved him so much . Just remember he is no longer suffering and is in a better place.

  7. Sandra Harvey says:

    Hilda, Randall and I are so sorry to hear of Johnsons passing. We remember your family with wonderful thoughts. Its been a long time since we saw each other but……you can never forget the special people that have come into your life. Doesn’t matter if its been just a short while ago or years ago. God bless you all during this difficult time. Sandra and Randall Harvey.

  8. Shirley Jones Page says:

    It was always comforting knowing my cousin was down the road. Love and prayers to your family.

  9. Alan Waters says:

    I will always cherish the fun times I had hanging out with Mr. Taylor. Prayers for The family during this difficult time. RIP my friend.

  10. Thomas Sexton says:

    My condolences, Gary.

  11. Charles Farmer says:

    Rest in Peace, thou good and faithful servant.

  12. ED AND KAYE BLAND says:

    So sorry to hear about Mr. Taylor. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  13. Mouse says:

    Much Love Gary Taylor from all of the Minick Family

  14. Charlene Robider says:

    Gary and Family:

    I am so saddened to hear about Johnson’s passing. I was just talking about that “larger than life man”yesterday. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you.

  15. David & Marlene Armstrong says:

    Gary and Family
    So sorry to hear of your fathers passing, Marlene and I have many fond memories of him working security at Backus keeping the TV working. We are praying for God to comfort you and your family at this time.

  16. LaJuana Sands says:

    I was so sadden to hear about Johnson passing. My thoughts and prayers for the whole family. He was a good friend to my family and we loved him dearly. He took with him a lot of knowledge and good police stories from the past..

  17. Michael & Marva Gresham says:

    It is often hard to find the right words at a time like this. May you find peace, comfort, and all the love you need in the days to come. May you always feel his love and pride..

  18. Jim Murray says:

    The first time I met Johnson was when I was a rookie police officer in 1973. While trying to make an arrest I was fighting 2 men when all of a sudden they were both off of me and there was Johnson holding both of them until they could be handcuffed. He came from nowhere just at the right time which I am sure saved me from serious injury. Something I will never forget during my lifetime. I hope he will rest in peace as he deserves the comfort of a life well lived!

  19. James & Cassandra Barnwell says:

    Gary and family
    We send our heartfelt condolences to the family.
    Praying for your strength, comfort and peace . May he Rest In Peace!

  20. Gary Roberts says:

    A true friend and a legendary police officer. I will always remember the time he took to train and teach me and others. Blessings to his family during their time of loss.

  21. Erick & Stephanie Bush says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this most difficult time in your life. We pray that the memories and time spent with your loved one brings you comfort for the days ahead.

  22. Dana Brown, Jr. says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Taylor’s passing. He was always there for me if I ever needed him. He kept me and my buddies straight, when we needed it too. He was first class for sure! Always treated me like I was one of his own kids. My dad sure loved him too.

  23. Leigh Herald says:

    Extending my sincere condolences to the family. Praying for peace and comfort for all who loved him.

  24. Matthew "MJ" Gresham says:

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

  25. Bruce and Faye Watkins says:

    So sorry for your loss. I’ll always Sgt Taylor and his support throughout my career. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  26. Freddie and Colleen Humphries says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to Sgt. Taylor’s family. Many good memories and he will be greatly missed. God Bless.

  27. Theresa Haisten Brooks says:

    Gary, your Daddy was a longtime good friend of my parents, Tom Haisten and Allonia Haisten-Ginn. Praying for comfort for you, Mrs. Hilda and your sister.

  28. Lewis Hodges says:

    Hilda, Jamie and Gary. Johnson Taylor will always be in my thoughts as he was a true and great friend. I know if I needed anything, he would be there to help. We had some good times both before and after we both retired from the City. I will miss his unique wit and wisdom

    May God bless you and your families during this time. You can rely on Him for strength to get you through this.

    Lewis Hodges

  29. Marvin Young says:

    He will be missed ,but never forgotten. When I became a rookie police offer. He talked to me and told me what I needed to know to be a good officer. He has always had my respect. He was a man who would tell you what you needed to know.

  30. Pat Ferguson Mincey says:

    Praying that you are all feeling God’s presence during this difficult time. My best memories of going to the fair with my dad every day when he was the guy in the front office were arriving and seeing Sgt. Taylor at the front gate. Always smiling and always so kind to me, a 10 year old kid. He was the first cop I knew personally and represented the profession and our city so well. I know he did so much for so many. It was an honor to know him.

  31. Diane and Skip Sasser says:

    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend – Johnson Taylor. May the good memories of his life continue to bring smiles and laughter to your family.

  32. Larry and Myra Allen says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Sgt. Taylor. He was a mentor and dad to Larry at the Police Dept. Our daughters grew up knowing his name and we all have fond memories of him and his family. We will be praying for God’s comfort and peace during this time.

  33. David Pappas Jr. says:

    Prayers and blessings for Mr. Taylor and family. So many great childhood memories with my grandfather, Mr. Taylor, Gary and family.
    Peace and Love

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