Sarah Sharp Taylor, age 75 of Nashville died January 24, 2010 at the Alive Hospice of Nashville due to complications from a car accident on January 19, 2010. Sarah is preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Robinson Sharp and Vernon Hibbett Sharp; brother, Dr. Vernon Hibbett Sharp; sister, Rev. Lorene Sharp White.
Sarah was born October 2, 1934 in Nashville, TN and was raised on Inglehame Farm in rural Williamson County. She attended Robertson Academy, Ward Belmont and was a member of the first graduating class of Harpeth Hall. Sarah attended Sweet Briar College and then transferred to Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Cum Laude. Sarah was also a life member of the Centennial Club and Junior League.
Sarah was a passionate supporter of dance and the Nashville Ballet. Her love of dance began when she danced with the Nashville Ballet under Albertine Maxwell. She was also a lover and supporter of the Nashville Opera.
Sarah was dedicated to her church family at Christ Church Cathedral and the opportunity to live out her faith through ministries of the church. Sarah was a co-founder, patron and participant of the First Friday Services. Everything was scheduled around these services. She was able to promote worship through dance with her support of the Epiphany Dancers. Sarah was also able to touch many people through the Stephen's Ministry where, as a lay caregiver, she was able to actively share the strength of her faith with many people.
Sarah also traveled extensively. She was drawn to exotic places - places of great natural beauty, high altitudes and spiritual significance. Her travels included climbing to the base camp of the Himalayas; Macchu Picchu, Peru; Mt. Sinai; Mt. Hood; Patagonia region of South America; Iona Island, Scotland; Skellig Islands, Ireland; St. David's Cathedral, Wales; Israel/The Holy Land; Tibet; Nepal; Kenya; the Galapagos Islands and Russia. Her greatest love, however, was for her family. She had a home in Beersheba Springs, TN where she loved to gather with family to hike, swim and enjoy the sunsets. She was knowledgeable of wildflowers and grew many around the cabin.
She was always traveling between Nashville, Chattanooga and Beersheba to spend time with her grandchildren, her four sons and other family members. Sarah is survived by her four sons, Robert C. Taylor of Chattanooga, Vernon S. Taylor of Primm Springs, Harrison H. Taylor of Nashville and Douglas R. Taylor of Nashville; two daughters-in-law, Julie Yates Taylor and Deborah Cadwallader Taylor; five grandchildren, Tru, Hayes, Campbell, Reed and Elise; her sisters, Gertrude Sharp Caldwell (Ben) and Margaret Sharp Howell (Bill); sister-in-law, Dr. Alix Weiss-Sharp; many dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and extended relatives.
Visitation for Sarah will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 4 til 6 p.m. and Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 1:00 til 1:45 p.m. The memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2010.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Friday Service at Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37305 or the Beersheba Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 117, Beersheba Springs, TN 37305. WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN, (615) 383-4754