If Heaven has a drag racing strip, you can bet George Taylor's first call to business when arriving there on June 8th, was to rev up a souped-up Camaro and head for the start line. You can also bet the end goal was not the finish line but to get to his beloved Betty Taylor as soon as possible.
George Robert Taylor, 77, passed away June 8, 2020, in San Angelo, Texas, and his soul joined his wife of 52 years, Betty Margaret Burgess Taylor, whom he married at Lakeview Baptist Church in San Angelo, and preceded him in death on February 13, 2018.
George was born October 29, 1942, in Brady, Texas. In 1961, he graduated from Brady High School and moved on to receive a Federal Communications Commission license the following year.
His broadcasting career got a kick start at KTEP 1340 AM Radio as an engineer and DJ, where he showcased his deep radio voice and fine-tuned his affinity for dad jokes well before the birth of his only child, Becky Denise Taylor (Becky Carl).
"It's one-minute past 10 o'clock," George said as his voice would come on the radio during a break in music, a perfect time to drop one of his favorite jokes. "Sitting here thinking about my vacation. My boss just called and says, 'I wish you would plan your work as well as you plan your vacation'. He wanted to know where I was going. I told him I have been saving my money. I'm going to either Paris or Rome....Texas"
"I might even branch out to Las Vegas...New Mexico"
"I have several notes from people who want me to stay....there, not here!"
The truth is, now that he is in Heaven with Betty, those who love and care for George do want him to stay there, not here. When Betty passed away, he was heartbroken and felt lost. There was not a day he did not think of her and wish she wasn't gone. He wished he had taken her place in death. But he also knew they would reunite someday. Those who love him know that day is here, and they are both sitting next to Our Heavenly Father, creator of all things, including this marriage that stayed strong through more than half a century.
George was a lifetime member of The Society of Broadcast Engineers and served as chief engineer for KNEL Radio in Brady, before taking on jobs at KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas, and KFDA-Radio and KFDA-TV 10 in Amarillo, Texas. Later jobs include engineering tasks in Austin, El Paso and San Angelo.
George loved his wife and family, and he also had a love for his many Chevrolet Camaro's, which he would race constantly at tracks around the state. In 2005, George and Betty celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by drag racing each other at Wall Dragway in Wall, Texas. He drove his iconic green 1970 1/2 with black racing stripes. On the windshield he proudly supported BT Ministries Racing, a reminder of Betty's "BT Ministries", his wife's effort to bring God and church to those who would not make Sunday services during the racing season.
Survivors include his only child, daughter Becky Denise Taylor Carl, and husband Gilbert Carl of Round Rock, Texas. Grandson Bryan, wife Jeannie and great-grandson Parker. Granddaughter Shelby, and great-grandsons Nicholas and Bentley. Grandson Brandon, and great-granddaughter Avery and great-grandson Jackson. Granddaughter Savanna.
Services pending under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.
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