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Douglas Milton Taylor

November 11, 1935 — May 17, 2023

Douglas Milton Taylor, 87, retired Pharmacist and resident of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at North View Church of Christ with Jeremy Butt and Mike Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. Condolences may be extended online at Born November 11, 1935, in Sharon, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Douglas B. Taylor and the late Mary Thomas Roberts Taylor. He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy. When he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Columbia in 1964, he worked at the Maury County Hospital for several years. Doug then became a partner with Derryberry's Drug Store and was with them for 27 years. He then worked for the RX Compound Center for many years after which he worked part time for Fisher Pharmacy until he completely retired just a very few years ago. Doug was also a retired major in the Tennessee State Guard. He was an avid reader who loved to hunt, watch University of Tennessee football, study history and theological topics, and he loved a good debate. Those who knew him, know very well how he loved to joke around, share good stories, helped anyone who needed anything, and he truly never met a stranger. Mr. Taylor was a member of North View Church of Christ, where he served as an elder. Doug also served as a board member for Columbia Academy for nine years. Survivors include his wife, whom he married February 23, 1964, Sandra Morgan Taylor of Columbia; daughter, Laurie Taylor of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Douglas (Susanne) Taylor of Pleasant View, Tennessee; brother, Stanley (Beata) Taylor of Clinton, Tennessee; niece, Melissa Taylor and two great nephews; nephew, Justin Taylor (deceased); and several brothers-in-law and cousins. Active pallbearers will be Randell Rummage, Hoyt Green, Joe Delk, Jason Abbott, Dean Dial, Hal Holcomb, Ronnie Merideth, Doug Balthaser, Rex Henson, Jeremy Cothran, John Smith, Jimmy Gardner, and Lynn Isenberg. Honorary pallbearers include Jimmy Ray and the Deacons of North View Church of Christ.

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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320 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

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