In Memory

Thomas David Taylor - Class Of 1965

Thomas David Taylor

Thomas D Taylor was born on Aug 02, 1946 and died on Nov 01, 1991. Thomas lived until the age of 45 and had a last residence in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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03/13/14 07:31 AM #1    

Charles Rutledge Green (1965)

Tommy Taylor was killed in 1965  at the age of 18  shortly after graduation 

02/23/15 01:06 AM #2    

Wayne Wade (1965)

I am pretty sure he died shortly after graduation in 1965 in an accident at home. Richard, I did hear that it was a pipe bomb but that may give people the wrong idea. I don't believe Tommy was building this to hurt anyone else. He was just experimenting. Times were different then. We knew a lot less and bright people like Tommy took chances just to see what would happen. some of us survived. I can remember my friends and myself doing some pretty dangerous pyrotechnic displays using match heads. Tommy was in good company. Ben Franklin flew a kite into an electrical storm. I am 100% sure this was a complete accident with no clandestine implications.  

02/23/15 05:12 PM #3    

Richard George Johnson (1965)

I will be brutally honest here. Tommy Taylor was killed in the summer of 65 when a pipe bomb he was making exploded. I knew him well. He was getting ready to go to Chowan college 

02/23/15 06:45 PM #4    

Robert Gerehart (1965)

If memory serves me correctly, RG Johnson's account is accurate.

09/17/15 03:12 PM #5    

Earl P. Bell, Jr.

Tommy did died as described in 1965.  He died in a week in which I suppose to take him down to Chowan College to look at the campus.  John Harris was the person, at the time, who first told me of his death.  It was crushing to me personally and many others.

Earl Bell

09/18/15 08:59 AM #6    

James Fate Cross (1965)

Rick Johnson's memory is right on.  I was a good friend of Tommy.


09/18/15 10:14 AM #7    

Linda Grace Thompson (Coltes) (1965)

I also recall when Tommy died.  It was shortly after we graduated and he had made a homemade bomb as he enjoyed doing things like that.  It was a complete accident, but I, too, was shocked to hear the news.  He didn't live too far from where I lived and my dad told me about it because he also knew him.

Linda Thompson Coltes

09/19/15 12:26 PM #8    

John Willis Harris (1965)

We were all crushed by Tommy's death. Everyone that I knew liked Tommy. He never said a bad word about anyone. His life was cut so short by that tragic accident that shocked so many. We were all fortunate to have shared such great times with Tommy, a friend who liked everyone he met. God bless you Tommy.I was abetter person knowing you. Thanks for the good times.~John

10/15/15 12:29 AM #9    

Gary Lee Tarpley (1965)

As everyone has said-it was a pipe bomb. His dad and my dad worked together at the VA. We had become friends because of that and school. It was a shock to me to hear about it.

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