2009-04-11 / Obituaries

Edward C. Taggart

Edward C. Taggart, age 93, formerly of Baltimore, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of April 6, 2009, at Lanfair Center. Born December 10, 1915, in Baltimore, to the late Clarence and Anna (Kumler) Taggart, he was a 1933 graduate of Liberty Union High School and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Snyder DE 745 in the Pacific.

Eddie retired in 1976 after 43 years with Anchor Hocking Glass, rising to the position of Manager of Compensation and Development. He was always active in church and community affairs, serving on the Baltimore Village Council, the Liberty Union-Thurston School Board, the Beulah E.U.B. Church Council, and has currently been a member of the St. Michael's UCC Church. Eddie was a sixtyseven year member of the Baltimore Masonic Lodge #475 and the Parthenia Chapter #124 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a life member of the Baltimore VFW Post #3761.

He was a loyal, gentle, loving man and is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marvine (Groves) Taggart; daughters, Nancy (Jack) Bowers, Lancaster; and Florann (Frank) Ayers, Hurst, TX; six grandchildren, Debbie (Allen) Cochran, Hilliard, Dianne Frees, New Concord, Russell (Beth) Frees, Naperville, IL., Jeanette (Philip) Thornton, Charlotte, N.C., Craig (Megan) Ayers, Cooleyville, TX., and Jeff (Jennifer) Ayers, Ft. Worth, TX.; eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; sistersin law, Martha Littrell and Irene Kellner, both of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Mary Taggart and stepfather, Lester Kumler.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Lanfair Center, especially those on Speret Hall, for the loving care they gave Eddie in his last years and days; and give special gratitude to FairHoPe for their care and support.

The Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, April 9, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Baltimore with Rev. Diane Berger officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to FairHoPe Hospice or the Alzheimer' Association in Eddie's memory.

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