Taylor, M. Francis

August 19, 2005

M. FRANCIS TAYLOR, 91, native of Sea Level, formerly of Pasadena, MD, died Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at Snug Harbor in Sea Level, NC. He is survived by two daughters; Susan W. Taylor of Berkeley Springs, WV and Barbara Taylor Foster and husband Grady of Savannah, GA, a sister Alice Marie Taylor Weaver of Medford, NJ, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Sallie Ann Taylor, and his parents Mervin Allen Taylor and Lydia Lupton Taylor. Mr. Taylor graduated from Atlantic High School, then attended the University of North Carolina studying Aeronautical Engineering. After leaving UNC, he was employed by Martin-Marietta Aircraft. He retired from Martin-Marietta after 33 years, then worked for Westinghouse, Marine Division for 5 years. He was a lifelong member and former president of the Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers, and past commodore of Potapskut Sailing Association. Mr. Taylor was an avid sailor and enjoyed racing and cruising on the Chesapeake. In his later years, he cruised the inland waterway to the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Memorial services will be held 11 A.M. Saturday at Sea Level United Methodist Church with Rev. Deborah Wilkins officiating. Burial will be in Nelson Bay Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the N.C. Maritime Museum, 315 Front St., Beaufort, N.C. 28516.

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