Kenneth Eugene Taylor, 76, of Statesville, N.C., peacefully went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at his home. A native of Iredell County, he was the son of Stark Graham Taylor and Ila Bell Shumaker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Reda Tomlin Taylor, as well as three sisters and five brothers.

Ken was a member of Bristol Drive Baptist Church. He was a lifelong musician and served the Lord for many years singing, playing piano, and writing songs in several Gospel Bands, including The Watchman, Soul Harbor and the Inheritons. He was employed by the Department of Corrections and retired from Iredell County School System.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Annette Taylor Gilleland (Gary) of Statesville; son, Kevin Eugene Taylor (Donna) of Carolina Shores, N.C.; two step daughters, Selina Brassil (Bill) of Charlotte, N.C., and Christie Wilson (Dee) of Statesville, N.C.; twelve grandchildren, Justin Anderson (Lesley), Jeffery Lynn (Mikara), Daniel Brassil, Meredith Dameron (John), Jessica Brassil, Rebecca Brassil (Carrie), Michael Brassil, Nathan Brassil, Laurin Beacham (Matt), Morgan Duffey, Elizabeth Duffey and Seth Johnson; six great grandchildren, Bella Lynn, Kara Lynn, Mati Beacham, Armani Morgan, Lucas Dameron and Benton Dameron; canine companion, Polar; and numerous other loving family and friends.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Nicholson Funeral Home, 135 E. Front Street, Statesville, NC 28625. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Union Chapel Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s or Hospice of Iredell County in Statesville, N.C.

Nicholson Funeral Home is assisting the family.