Christopher Lynn Taylor

July 17, 1980-May 4, 2024


Christopher Lynn Taylor, 43, of Cookeville passed away May 4, 2024, at the Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Chris or Cricket, as he was affectionately known by his family, was born July 17, 1980, in Cookeville, to Willie Mae Johnson “Polly” Taylor and Will Franklin Taylor (who died Nov. 11, 2017).

Chris was a truck driver for ECMD and covered the southeastern United States. As a child, his Friday nights at 7 p.m. were devoted to the Dukes of Hazzard, and that love for the Dukes continued for the rest of his life. His fondness for the General Lee may have spawned his love for drag racing and working on cars. His greatest love was for his two sons and his family.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oakley Clay and Mary Effie Delk, Avert Johnson, James Thomas and Emily Maude Taylor.

Survivors include his two sons, Julian Jay Taylor, Kevin Ray Taylor; mother, Willie Mae “Polly” Taylor; brothers, Franklin (April) Taylor, Joshua (Monica) Taylor; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Funeral service was 11 a.m., May 8, 2024, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Young Cemetery, in Jackson County. Johnny Westmoreland and Jason Lewis officiated.

Jonathan Westmoreland, Mikey Westmoreland, Kenneth Mahan, Robert Vickers, Mike Mahan, Ricky Keen, Dakota Fay, and Anthony Zimel served as pallbearers.

 Honorary pallbearers were Jericho McCurry and Trevor Taylor.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.