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December 18, 1941 November 5, 2018
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Alfred Barritt Taylor passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, November 5, 2018, at the age of 76.

Alfred was born on December 18, 1941, in Oklahoma City, OK to Athol and Baxter Taylor, Jr. He grew up in Dallas and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he excelled at baseball and track. He led off a record-breaking mile relay with a 49.7, which is still a competitive time today. He was an incredible athlete and a fierce competitor. Always gracious and humble in his talent, he played with high standards of ethics and morals, whether it was on the golf course, pool table or around a game board with his children and grandchildren.

Alfred was awarded a track and field scholarship and began his higher education at Northwest Louisiana State University. He continued his education at North Texas State University as a Political Science major, following the inspiration of his Taylor forefathers who were Governors of Tennessee. He served honorably in the United States Army Medical Corps at Valley Forge General Hospital from 1966-1968, receiving several commendations for exemplary service.

Serving others and his community was a calling for Alfred. Throughout his life, he served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Delia Stewart Dance Company (1983-1987), Champions Community Improvement Association (Vice President, 96-98), Rotary Board of Houston Heights (99-05), and Champions MUD (President and Officer, 20 years). He was a life member of the Houston Chamber of Commerce.

Alfred’s love of people led him to a career in sales. From his time as a Fuller Brush man to the positions he held with Lone Star Industries, Bunker Industries, Cockrell Wholesale, Inc., and Pioneer Plastics Corporation, his colleagues often became lifelong friends. He had a rich and diverse career, also serving as President of Allen R. Salley, Inc. and Taylor Printing Company, as well as a brief stint selling real estate with Zarr Realty. Alfred’s most favorite and longest held occupation was as an independent agent for Farmers Insurance. He took tremendous pride in his work and showed genuine interest in his clients and the wellbeing of their families.

Alfred had a well-know passion for cooking and attended the New York Restaurant School. He enjoyed sharing his love of food and entertaining with family and friends. His greatly anticipated holiday parties were a joy to attend – filled with gourmet food, lively music, and uproarious laughter. He had a great sense of humor, was a loyal friend, and a dedicated family man. Summers on the family farm in Oklahoma and drinking chocolate milkshakes at the pharmacy were among some of his favorite childhood memories. He had a zeal for life and loved to travel. He treasured the moments he spent at the family cabin in Wisconsin, watching the bald eagles soar over the lake and his grandchildren fish off the pier. Those tranquil moments brought him peace, which we know will continue on as his final resting place.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Athol Mae Larason and Baxter Taylor, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lee Taylor; daughters Victoria Taylor Arizpe and husband Alex, Heather Taylor Coletta and husband Michael, Kathryn Taylor Paine and husband Jonathan, Elizabeth Taylor Borntrager and husband Douglas; stepsons Jason Sutter and wife Lynelle, Gannon Sutter and wife Andi; grandchildren Austin Arizpe, Alyssa Arizpe, Benjamin Coletta, Kathleen Coletta, Nathanial Coletta, Matthew Coletta, Amelia Paine, Beatrice Paine, Josephine Paine, Eli Borntrager, Opal Borntrager, Kia Sutter, Cheyton Sutter, Jadelyn Sutter, Kosmos Sutter, Renati Sutter, Ayla Sutter, and Leland Sutter; brother Baxter Taylor, III, and wife Nancy; and former spouse Sandra Baldwin Walters.

The family of Alfred Taylor expresses their sincere gratitude to Terry Tolbert, Rosalyn Butler, Chaplain Bart Bagwell, and the nurses at Encompass Hospice for their compassionate care.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Nancy Owens Breast Cancer Foundation, c/o Bernstein Realty, Inc., 9575 Katy Freeway, Suite 205, Houston, TX 77024-1409,, 713-932-1032, Ext. 155.


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