Ronald Shelton Taylor, 82, of Myrtle Beach - a proud family man, Army veteran, and restaurateur - died Friday, November 25, 2022 at Brightwater Rehab after an extended illness.
Mr. Taylor was born in Iredell County, NC on November 17, 1940. He was adopted by the late Richard and Ethel Taylor and grew up in Roanoke Rapids, NC with his sister Martha and late brother Buzz. Ron graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School with his beloved Class of 1959 - many of whom are and were close friends. He spent a large portion of his youth working in the family furniture business and participating in school musical groups. After graduation, Ron attended Campbell University and then served honorably in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963 as a medic at Fort Bragg.
Ron resumed work at the family business after his military service. In the mid 1960s, he decided to open up his own seafood restaurant on Highway 158 called Taylor’s Fish House. The business was a hit - it outgrew its original location and developed a regional reputation. Ron later retired to Myrtle Beach, SC where he worked in a variety of sales and retail jobs. He loved beach music and cheering on his NC State Wolfpack. Some of his greatest memories included traveling with fellow Wolfpackers to Europe and watching State win the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Albuquerque, NM. Ron also enjoyed playing drums in the band “The Brym Mars” for a number of years while in North Carolina.
Ron was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach and is survived by his wife Ann Ludemann Taylor of Myrtle Beach, stepson Jeremy Ludemann of Columbia, sister Martha (C.G.) of Durham, NC, niece Leigh (Travis) of Mebane, NC, nephew Jeff of Wilmington, NC, cousins Gen. Hugh Shelton (Carolyn) of Newport, NC, Ben (Susan), of Williamston, NC, Candy (Jeff) of Atlanta, Sara (Jimmie) of Raleigh and many treasured friends and relatives.
A memorial service is set for Friday, December 9th, 2022 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach’s Wilkes Hall with Dr. John Brearley officiating. A reception will occur at the hall following the service. A future remembrance is being planned in Roanoke Rapids for Spring 2023.