Lawrence "Rocky" Paul Taylor, 52, of Masontown, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Lawrence was born in Fort Knox, KY on June 28, 1967, a son of the late Alan "Buck" M. Taylor and the late Polly Ann (Beveridge) Taylor.
He served his country in the US Army Reserves during the Iraq War with tours in Iraq and Kuwait. Rocky received his master's degree from WVU in social work and was employed by the WVDHHR Child Protective Services as supervisor, serving Preston, Taylor and Barbour Counties. His co-workers referred to him as being one of the most generous people they knew and he took great pride in helping his clients. He looked for ways to acknowledge his employee's achievements and often had ceremonies for them. He was a member of the Sabraton Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge, local VFWs and Hogs & Heroes Foundation, where he served as president. He enjoyed camping at Romney with his son Seth and their dog Gunner.
Lawrence is survived by a son, Seth Taylor of Kingwood; a daughter, Polly Taylor of Kingwood; five sisters, Sheri "Tabby" Fincher and husband Ron of Willow Spring, NC, Tammy Lynn Shifflett of Port St. Lucie, FL, Bobbi Jo Shultz and husband Neil of Connellsville, PA, Betty Jo Taylor of Dallas, TX and Toni Snodgrass; two brothers, Alan M. Taylor Jr. and Vernon Shifflett, both of Masontown; step-mother, Mary Ann Taylor of Masontown; many nieces and nephews in WV, NC, TX, PA and many cousins in OH and WV.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Debbie Sue Taylor.
Due to this unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a private graveside service at Mount Zion Cemetery with Dr. Ron Fincher officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Preston County Honor Guard and the WVANG Honor Guard.
Donations can be made in Rocky's memory to Operation Welcome Home, 452 Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV 26501.
The family realizes Rocky was loved by many and look forward to reading the condolences left on the Field Funeral Home website at www.fieldfuneralhome.com.