Roscoe ‘Ross’ Alan Taylor, 59, of Ripley, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, after a long illness.
Ross was born October 19, 1959, in Ripley, WV, and was a lifelong resident. He retired from the State of West Virginia, after 14 years of service, where he served in many gubernatorially appointed positions including Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Administration and received the highest honor of Distinguished West Virginian.
He is survived and forever loved by his high-school sweetheart and wife of 39 years, Laura; his oldest daughter Rachel (Tyler Kostelac); his son Jared (Jennifer); and youngest child Haley; grandchildren Corrine Kathleen, baby Taylor due March 2020, and his grand dogs; his sisters Mary Palmer of Ravenswood, Ilona (David) Mullins of Ravenswood, Linda Tippens of Sandyville, Inez (Clarence) Freshour of Sandyville; brother Frank (Nina) McVay, of Medina; his father and mother in law Tom and Janice Stemple of Ripley; numerous sister-in-laws and their husbands, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Lucy Taylor of Sandyville; grandparents Rollie and Inez Allen of Ripley; brother-in-laws Bill Palmer of Ravenswood and John Tippens of Sandyville.
In addition to his family, Ross had a passion for all sports, but especially a love for baseball and golf. Throughout his childhood, he played on many successful teams like the Daniel Boone Restaurant, was a four-year Ripley Viking letterman, and then WV State University where he unfortunately suffered a career ending injury. He is a member of the Ripley High School Baseball Hall of Fame and the Keyser Creek Little League Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game. He spent his adulthood coaching many future Vikings in little league, numerous travel teams, and served as the pitching coach for Ripley High Varsity baseball and softball teams, including a member of the baseball coaching staff for the 1997 State Championship team. Later in life, he was never far from a field and enjoyed watching games in the stands.
He was a devoted fan of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team. He could regularly be found on the golf course. Even when not feeling well, he wanted to be on the course with his friends and cherished every outing.
Services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Epworth United Methodist Church, Pastor Ford Price will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials on behalf of Ross may be made to the Charles O. Stickler Transplant Center Transplant Patient Assistance Fund – Patient Housing at the University of Virginia. Contributions will assist in the building of their future hospitality house to support family members of those receive transplants. Please make checks payable to Transplant Patient Assistance Fund; address – University of Virginia Health System c/o Transplant Administrator, PO Box 800265, Charlottesville, VA 22908. Or, contributions may be made to Ripley High School Athletic Boosters to the attention: baseball; address – One School Street, Ripley, WV 25271.