Hansel Howell Taylor, Jr.

Thursday, March 29, 1934 - Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Kind and Caring Man

Photo of Hansel Howell Taylor, Jr. - 1934-2019

Canton- Hansel Howell Taylor, Jr., age 85, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather entered his eternal home on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Mr. Taylor was born March 29, 1934 to the late Hansel Howell Taylor, Sr. and the late Samantha Faye Shelton Taylor and had resided most of his life in Canton. He had honorably served his country as a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.  Mr. Taylor was a member of American Legion Post #47 in Waynesville and also VFW Post # 5198 in Canton. Hansel was a former employee of American Enka Corporation and he was also a well-known talented carpenter, building houses all throughout Western North Carolina. Mr. Taylor was a member of Sunny Point Baptist Church in Canton. He was an avid reader and he also enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors among the mountains where he was born and raised. Hansel was liked by everyone and he was indeed blessed with a kind and caring heart. His willingness to help others will always be remembered and is an example for each of us to follow. Mr. Taylor deeply loved his family and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. His memory will remain forever in the heart’s of his family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Polly Crowder Taylor of Canton; a daughter, Michelle Taylor Owens and her husband, Marty Owens of Waynesville; a son, Travis Howell Taylor and his wife, Cathy Taylor of Canton; grandchildren, Jordan Taylor, Jackson Howell Taylor, Taylor and Nicholas Owens and also Jesse Mull who was loved as a grandson; a brother, Roger Taylor and his wife, Chris Taylor of Canton and several nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance with military honors will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Doug Henson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Taylor’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Taylor family.        



Condolences from family and friends

My thoughts and prayers are with you all No words can ever bring comfort Just know he now lives in a better place That mansion in the sky ❤️
Patty rice
Uncle Hansel will be missed by all. He really impressed me when they built Gerald and Sheila's home, also remember a time when he and a couple other uncles taught me to swim (they threw myself and Curtis in the river - sink or swim learning!). Great memories of the man and our conversations over the years. Aunt Polly, I can't make it there, but I'll be sitting beside you, holding your hand, in spirit. Love you all very much, Robin, Nancy, Angela and Nathan.
Robin D Royster
Polly and family..we are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers. Sincerest sympathy during this difficult time.
Thomas & Eva Shepard
My deepest condolences to family and friends of Mr. Hansel Taylor. May the promises found in God's Word be a source of comfort during this difficult time, death, will soon be eliminated forever. 1 Corinthians 15:26 (jw.org)
Hansel Taylor was one of the finest persons you could ever meet. He and my brother were longtime friends, guess that where I first got to know him. Gonna miss sitting on his front porch talking about all the old times. To Polly and the Taylor family, Susan and I offer our condolences and prayers.
carroll &Susan israel
Michelle, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jim and Dale Guelcher
My condolences to the family.
Dear Polly and family: We share your sadness in the loss of Hansel . He was always such a pleasant person ; just want to say we will not be able to attend the visitation or funeral because of Troy's bad health. Troy and Nancy Mann
Troy w. Mann and Nancy
Uncle Hansel was always a kind and loving person and he will be missed. All our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family today and always.
Sharon Holt and Family
Polly and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in your time of loss and give you reassurance that there will be a great reunion day.
Irene H Anderson
Dear Polly and children please accept my sympathy in the passing of Hansel. Mama loved your family! Praying for you all. Sincerely, Patsy Williams
Patsy Williams
Dear Polly and children, please accept my prayers and sympathy in the passing of Hansel. Moma loved you! Sincerely, Patsy Williams
Patsy Williams
Dear Michelle and Family, I'm very sorry for the loss of your father, husband, grandfather. A memory shared with me long ago was that Michelle's father always took the time to visit his friend in prison and wrote letters to him, by encouraging others in their time of solitude is an example of of how caring he was. No words can replace your beloved father, my heartfelt condolences to the family.
Kelly Clark