A man of many talents, Lundy Sanders Taylor, Jr.’s love of life didn’t come to an end with his death. Lundy was lovingly referred to as Junior and Sandy by close friends and family. On August 17, 2021 just shy of 85, after a courageous battle with lung disease, Sandy passed away of respiratory failure, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
As a child, born in Chatham Hill, VA and raised in Bartley WV, he was destined to be a West Virginia coal miner. While attending Big Creek High School in War, he enjoyed working at the local movie theater running the projector. Shortly after graduation, Sandy worked as a coal miner and was involved in a tragic accident, resulting in the loss of his legs. Through his strength and perseverance, he learned to walk again with the use of prosthetics. After the accident, he moved to the Washington DC area in the early 1960’s, where he became a steamfitter in Local Union 602.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Sandy. He loved crabbing and sharing the catch with family and friends, playing music, dancing, horseshoes, hunting, and many activities with the Moose Lodge where he was a member in College Park, MD. In addition, he was Past Master of the Kensington Masonic Lodge 198. Those who knew him best knew of his passion for music and enjoyed listening to him as the lead vocalist and guitarist in his band, “Sandy Taylor and the Country Strings”. Sandy did a mean rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” that never failed to bring the crowd to the dance floor.
After marrying the love of his life, Patricia, on March 19, 1966, they raised their three boys in Lanham, MD.Forty-two years later, when it was time to retire, they moved to their dream home, previously purchased in 1995, in the mountains of Augusta, WV. The farm in the mountains became a retreat for all of their loved ones to include children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other close family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, three sons, Lundy III, Dwayne, and Dain, daughter in-laws, Rose and Eva, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and best friend Buster. Sandy is also survived by his brother Claude Taylor, sister Zelma Mast, brother in-law Alan Mast, sister in-law Rev. Sandra Taylor, brother in-law Joe Wilson, sister in-law Michelle Stokes, brother in-law Howard Stokes, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother David Taylor and sister Mildred Wilson.
The Memorial service will be held on August 28, 2021 at 1PM at Augusta United Methodist Church in Augusta, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Augusta United Methodist Church.