Carl Taylor, age 95 of Copperas Cove, passed away on April 17, 2023. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at Viss Family Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at 9:00 am, Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, with full Military Honors.
Carl was born on November 3, 1927, in Derma, Mississippi, to the late Eli Lafayette (Fate) and Minnie Pearl Clark Taylor. He grew up and attended school in Derma, MS. He joined the Army on January 8, 1946, eventually serving a total of 22 years, including service in Korea during the Korean War, Germany, and various U.S. posts. He married Bennie Jo Akers on Dec. 22, 1955, while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. After retiring from the Army on June 30, 1968, at Fort Hood, TX, Carl remained in Copperas Cove, where he owned various automotive-related businesses before retiring permanently in 1990. He enjoyed horses, being outdoors, and his family, including his four grandchildren and his four great-grandsons. He was a devoted member of the Midway Church of Christ near Topsey, TX, and also sometimes attended the Broad Street Church of Christ in Lampasas, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 57 years, Bennie Jo; sisters Ella Mae Inmon, Eva Parker, Mattie Lou Gardner, Pearlene Meyer, and Sarah Stephenson; and brothers Willie B., Jimmie Lee, Howard, Clinton, and Glyn Taylor.
Carl is survived by his two daughters, LaDonna Whitehead and Katherine Bennett and husband, David; four grandchildren, Melissa Mead and husband Justin, Jessica Pinegar and husband Justin, Taylor Bennett, and Joseph Bennett; four great-grandsons, Landon Knapp, Benjamin Pinegar, Eli Pinegar, and Hunter Coulter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Medina Children’s Home in Medina, TX, the American Cancer Society, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.