George Lummis Taylor

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 3, 2004

George Lummis Taylor, 88, of Naperville, IL, died Friday, October 29, 2004, at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

He was born October 10, 1916 in Suffolk, VA, and was the son of the late Charles Fine Taylor and the late Florence Lummis Taylor.

He was a charter member of West End Baptist Church in Suffolk of which his father was one of the founders. George attended Suffolk High School and graduated from the Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va. He attended the University of Richmond where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

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A veteran of the Coastal Artillery of the U. S. Army during WW II he was recognized for exceptional knowledge and skill in the newly emerging technology of RADAR and even served as an instructor at Camp Murphy in Florida.

Mr. Taylor began his career in the peanut business with Lummis and Co. in Suffolk, VA and Philadelphia, Pa.

In the early 1950’s he started his own television sales and service business.

He was well known for his ability to repair televisions and other electronic equipment. In 1955 he went to work for AT&T as an electrical engineer with Western Electric Field Services at the Nike anti-aircraft missile defense site in Hampton Roads, VA.

In 1958 he moved his family to Madison, NJ to ultimately become a consultant and member of the technical staff of the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Whippany, NJ where he designed and developed some of the world’s first digital computers that were used in our national defense missile systems.

In 1975 he was transferred to the Indian Hill Bell Telephone Laboratories in Naperville, where he designed and developed electronic switches for telephone systems.

He was highly regarded for his technical knowledge, ingenuity and trouble shooting skills. He retired in 1982. He was an active member (as a visitor) and past president of the DuPage County Chapter of the United Ostomy Assoc. and a charter member of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society.

His genealogical research and knowledge of the Taylor and Lummis families is well known.

He was active in the Westside Chapter of the Chicago Computer Society and the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table. George was also a supporter of the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society.

He is survived by one son Charles Fine Taylor, II, of Naperville; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Richard Theodore Steinbrenner of Warren, NJ; son-in-law, Theodore Edward Schultz of Naperville; six grandchildren, Marjorie (Karl David) King of Bridgewater, NJ, Theodore Frederick Steinbrenner of Oak Hill, Va., Catherine (David) Whale of Reston, VA, Lisa (Randall) Swatland of Evanston, IL, George Taylor Schultz of Truckee, CA and Thomas Theodore Schultz of Naperville; three great grandchildren, Ryan Taylor King, Zoe Florence Swatland, Lindsey Hope Steinbrenner, and one expecting; sister-in-law, Virginia Norfleet (Levoie Reid) Jenkins of Suffolk; nine nieces and nephews, Elmon Taylor Gray, Florence (Thomas Hogshead) Tullidge, Elizabeth (Charles) Duff, Mary Wingate (Wallace) Stettinius, Alice Hosier (Thomas Joseph) O’Connor, Jr., Paul Lee Everett, III, Charles Taylor Everett, George Taylor Everett and Elizabeth Everett (James) Gordon; twenty great nieces and nephews, twenty seven great-great nieces and nephews and one great-great-great nephew.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years Marjorie Norfleet Taylor in 1988, a daughter Florence Taylor Schultz in February 2004, an infant brother Charles Lummis Taylor and three sister Agnes (Garland) Gray, Alice (Henry Duke) Hosier, Julia (Paul Lee) Everett, Jr. and a nephew Charles Taylor Hosier.

A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 516 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL.

Additional visitation will be held Thursday, November 4, 2004 from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. at the R. W. Baker & Co.

Funeral Home & Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA.

A graveside service for both George Taylor and his daughter, Florence Taylor Schultz, will be held Friday, November 5, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, by the Rev. T. Floyd Irby. Memorials in Mr. Taylor’s name may be made to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation, P. O. Box 353, 464 Main St. Crosswicks, NJ, 08515.