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In Memoriam
Granville Taylor, AIA

1937 - 2021

We are saddened to report the passing of Granville Taylor, AIA, one of AIA Tennessee's most notable leaders. Mr. Taylor passed on October 2, 2021 in the Allen Morgan Health Center, after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

Below are excerpts from his obituary. 
Services will be held on the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, in The Lord's Chapel. Interment will immediately follow. Services will be private.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, St Jude Hospital, The Alzheimer's Association, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Church, or the charity of the donor's choice.

"...As a child growing up in the small rural town of Russellville, KY in the 40s and 50s, John Granville Taylor never dreamed he would end up with a career in architecture. Fast forward to 1999 when he was given the Francis P. Gassner Award, the highest recognition given by the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for outstanding service to the profession of architecture. The award was established in 1977 after Granville presented the idea to the Memphis Chapter of the AIA."

"...Granville always took an active role in leadership and participation in city and state chapters of the American Institute of Architects, along with national architectural board involvement. Some of the positions he held were:

  • Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, President, 1977
  • Tennessee American Institute of Architects, State President, 1978
  • National Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineer Examiners, Chairman 2002
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Design Committee
  • AIA National Committee on Architecture for Education
  • AIA Tennessee Society of Architects, Chairman Design Awards
  • Tennessee Society of Architects, Chairman of Design Awards
  • AIA Memphis Chapter Past President's Council
  • AIA Gulf States Region, Secretary/Treasurer

Through the years, Granville's firm designed many impressive structures; a significant number with *award recognition:
*The McWherter Advanced Technology Center, Jackson State
*John D. Holt Police Training Academy
*Rhodes College/ McCoy Theatre
*81 Monroe Avenue Building
*Collierville Post Office
*Harbor Town Square
*Memphis Light Gas and Water Training Facility
*Tennessee Air National Guard Fire Training Center
*FedEx Air Operation Training Facility, Anchorage, AK
*Williams/Mapco Support Center
*Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
*Graceland Renovation and Addition
*Pickwick Landing State Park Inn and Conference Center, Counce, TN
FedEx Southwest Hub, Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas
City of Memphis Fire Academy
Shelby Farms Visitors Center (1999)
Ridgeway Middle School
Aviation Mechanics Training Facility
Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, Dancyville, TN
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Jackson, TN
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Church of the Holy Spirit, Family Life Center
Church of the Resurrection, Gymnasium
Master Plan for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church and School.
ALSAC/St. Jude Target House Expansion
Germantown High School Renovations
Memphis Juvenile Court Building Renovation and Addition..."

"...Granville was a devout convert to the Catholic faith, and if he wasn't at work, he could frequently be found at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Church participating in a variety of projects or serving in an appointed or elected position. He was always available to offer his help or professional expertise to assist the parish or diocese.

For a number of years, he served on the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception elementary and high school board of directors, and the Cathedral Parish Council. Frequently he served as Eucharistic Minister at Sunday Mass.

He had a deep-rooted interest in the design of religious facilities, and his firm received recognition for church design from AIA Tennessee and AIA Gulf States Region. One of his favorite religious projects was the beautiful, pastoral Catholic diocesan retreat center, Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Dancyville, TN.

Throughout his career and life, Granville experienced his share of "ups and downs", and consistently responded with professionalism, integrity, and courage.

The accomplishments of his over 40-year architectural career represent the labor of an architect who adored his profession. He carried the title of "architect" with enormous pride..."

"...Connie Wallace, Hon. AIA, former Executive Vice President of AIA Tennessee said: 'Look in the dictionary under 'service' and you will see Granville's photo'. '... certainly, you won't allow his mild demeanor to throw you. The man is a powerhouse of action, creative thought and a 'can do' attitude'.

Rest In Peace, G-Force!"

Granveille leaves his wife of 54 years, Teresa, and three children:

  • John M. Taylor (Marnie) of Nashville TN.
  • Heather K. Taylor of Nashville, TN.
  • Daniel B. Taylor (Zasha) of Memphis, TN.

In addition, he leaves:

  • A sister: Fredia Meade (Buddy) of Russellville, KY.
  • A brother: Ret. Col. Howard E. Taylor of Dover, DE.
  • Two grandchildren: Amory Grace Taylor and John "Jack" Riley Taylor of Nashville, TN.
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