Taylor Funeral Home, which was destroyed by fire Dec. 26, 2017, is rebuilt and reopened in Gibson.

Taylor Memorial Funeral Home has returned to its place in Gibson to provide care and comfort to the bereaved.

The Gibson community came out Sunday, May 19,   for an open house and to witness the dedication of the funeral home and Sheppard Memorial Chapel.  The funeral home was completely destroyed by an early morning fire on Dec. 26, 2017. According to the funeral home's website, the location in Gibson was founded in the early 1940s.  It is one of two locations for the family-owned business with another location in Louisville.

“We have built a new funeral home on the same spot, at 57 College Street,” said Jerry Taylor.

Taylor was emotional as he spoke to the nearly 50 people in the audience and praised his wife, Tara, the funeral home staff and the Fellowship Baptist Church for the support provided since the fire and he spoke of his dream.

“I want this place to be where life is celebrated and families are cared for,” he said.

Taylor said the dedicating the chapel in memory of the Henry and Daisy Sheppard honors their years of service to the community.  “They laid the foundation for me to be here today,” Taylor said.

The Rev. Tommy Harwell said Taylor Funeral Home is like the phoenix, the symbol of strength and renewal.  “We have come from a time of ashes to a time of gladness today in celebration,” he said.

Harwell said  the funeral home’s dedication is a time of rejoicing and gladness.   “We dedicate all the building and everything, every furnishing, every tool, everything that is being used and will be used will be dedicated and consecrated to the glory of God,” the pastor declared.  “We dedicate this building to God’s glory to serve this community and everybody that enters those doors.”

Sara Kent was elated during the service. “This is a special time for our community,” she said.

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