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    It is with deep sadness that I pass along a message I got from Eddie Taylor's wife this morning. Rest in peace my friend.

    I wanted to let all of you know that at 9:12 this morning at his home in
    Bossier City with family and friends, Eddie Taylor passed away. It is
    ironic that today is his previous wife, Vi's, birthday.
    Arrangements are tentative at this point but we believe Thursday will be
    his funeral. Will let you know.
    If they never learned to bank balls in heaven, they better get ready for
    the Knoxville Bear.

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    The Bear

    Originally posted by Grady
    It is with deep sadness that I pass along a message I got from Eddie Taylor's wife this morning. Rest in peace my friend.

    I wanted to let all of you know that at 9:12 this morning at his home in
    Bossier City with family and friends, Eddie Taylor passed away. It is
    ironic that today is his previous wife, Vi's, birthday.
    Arrangements are tentative at this point but we believe Thursday will be
    his funeral. Will let you know.
    If they never learned to bank balls in heaven, they better get ready for
    the Knoxville Bear.
    Eddie "The Knoxville Bear" Taylor, was one of the few really superstars in the game. Whereas I was pretty familiar with most of the other top players -- we talked and interacted -- around Taylor I was in such awe that I never even attempted to talk to him, even though I was dying to. Like in Johnston City, in a town full of the greatest players in the world, he never got asked to play! It was kind of assumed by everyone to just leave him be and go find something else. He was even barred out of the ring Nineball games. Wimpy said the Bear was the only pool genius he had ever met beside Spin The Ball George.
    the Beard
    Last edited by fred bentivegna; 09-05-2005, 11:29 AM.
    New stuff on my site. 100s of pgs. of pool goodness
    www.bankingwiththebeard.com

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    • #3
      A True Gentleman & Great Player.

      I only spent one week around Eddie Taylor in Shreveport way back when, but I'll never forget the mannerisms and history this great man shared with me.
      His love of life and respect for the game of pool was remarkable. My only regret is that I didn't have the foresight to record the stories and thoughts that he stated so eloquently.
      He will NEVER be equaled in the game he loved!
      May He Rest In Peace!

      TY & GL
      I used to not play One-Pocket with anyone over 50. Now, I won't play 9-Ball with anyone under 40.

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      • #4
        What a sad day indeed. I am so happy I got to meet him and watch him bank some balls.

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        • #5
          What a fantastic player -- Eddie Taylor truly was one of the very top cue artists of all time -- even when measured against players in all cue sports!! What a talent he brought to the world pool in general.

          Of course he was a fantastic banker, One pocket, and 9-ball player and he might have been overlooked a little because straight pool was the 'establishment game' during Eddie's best years. Like Weenie Beenie is quoted, 'If he'd have been born in NY, there would have been a lot of straight pool players leaving.'

          And what a wonderful person -- has there ever been a more well-liked player -- even by his most intense rivals and victims of his after-hours dominance?

          Eddie 'The Knoxville Bear' Taylor
          Rest in Peace
          "One Pocket, it's an epidemic and there ain't no cure."
          -- Strawberry Brooks

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          • #6
            The Knoxville Bear

            Eddie was truly one of the classiest and sweetest men I have ever had the privaledge to know. A "WALKING MAN'S FRIEND AND THE LADIES' CHOICE". He will be sorely missed every day and honored in prayer every night.
            My sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends.

            STRAIGHT BACK, EDDIE!!!
            Love Forever
            Diane Crane-Schmid

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            • #7
              Sorry to hear...

              Like Grady said hoped they learn how to bank in heaven. I bet his giving god break 2 balls and the pick

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              • #8
                Eddie Taylor

                Eddie Taylor will be laid to rest in Andersonville Tenn, For Graveside services Call Cox Funeral home I belive its at 4 P.M.Also services in Bossier City tomorrow at 10 A.M.[Tursday] At Rose-Neath Funeral Home 2201 Airline Dr. Bossier City La 71111. To send cards,1960 Alfored Lane #144 Bossier City La 71112 God Bless,
                Last edited by bjspivey; 09-08-2005, 02:38 PM.

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                • #9
                  I watched my old Eddie Taylor tape last night. Eddie said he would like to have one more match with Lassiter and to be able to perform like he knew he could. Maybe now.

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                  • #10
                    Eddie Taylor

                    Since Eddie Taylor is in Heaven now, I do not mind going there myself. I just want to watch Eddie play some more pool. What a great gentleman Eddie Taylor has and will always be both in our hearts and in Heaven.

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                    • #11
                      "Thank You All"

                      Hi I am Mary Detto Bennett; Eddie Taylor is my uncle, I am the niece that does the 2 web sites about him. I have been working on the newest web site for the last few days, I wanted to get allot more finished before I lost him
                      I have been sitting here reading, what all of you had to say about him. You have all brought tears to my eyes, I see just how much his friends and fans cared and loved him. I don't know what I am going to do without him, but I know he is now with my late Aunt Vi who he loved for 33 years. I know I am missing him already as I am sure you are ......
                      Well I just wanted to get the word out I have a Memorial site up where, his Family Friends and Fans can write something about him or just want to sign the book. You can find it on both web sites .... I want the Legand of the "Knoxville Bear" to live on forever, and you can help me do this. I thank each and every one of you. I would like to get permission to use what each of you have written and add it to the web site. If this is ok please e-mail me at maryv@c-zone.net or go to the web site and sign the Memorial Book
                      Thank you ...
                      Mary Detto Bennett
                      http://eddietaylortheknoxvillebear.com or the one below:
                      http://theknoxvillebear.com
                      May My Uncle Eddie "The Knoxville Bear" be remembered forever

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mary B
                        Hi I am Mary Detto Bennett; Eddie Taylor is my uncle, I am the niece that does the 2 web sites about him. I have been working on the newest web site for the last few days, I wanted to get allot more finished before I lost him
                        I have been sitting here reading, what all of you had to say about him. You have all brought tears to my eyes, I see just how much his friends and fans cared and loved him. I don't know what I am going to do without him, but I know he is now with my late Aunt Vi who he loved for 33 years. I know I am missing him already as I am sure you are ......
                        Well I just wanted to get the word out I have a Memorial site up where, his Family Friends and Fans can write something about him or just want to sign the book. You can find it on both web sites .... I want the Legand of the "Knoxville Bear" to live on forever, and you can help me do this. I thank each and every one of you. I would like to get permission to use what each of you have written and add it to the web site. If this is ok please e-mail me at maryv@c-zone.net or go to the web site and sign the Memorial Book
                        Thank you ...
                        Mary Detto Bennett
                        http://eddietaylortheknoxvillebear.com or the one below:
                        http://theknoxvillebear.com
                        Mary, your uncle was a hero to many of us would be pool players and people who could actually play the game well. I never said a word to Eddie Taylor but I listened when he talked and watched in awe of his playing ability. Great sense of humor and a pleasure to be around. He will and should be remembered for ever.
                        JMO,ICBW.............$Bill

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                        • #13
                          Are there any tapes or DVD of Eddie Taylor during his prime years? If so I would definitely be interested in buying a copy or so.

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                          • #14
                            He couldn't see very well by the mid-60's I've read. His prime was probably 20-25 years before that. Tapes or DVD's? We're lucky photography had been invented by then

                            Martin


                            Originally posted by Gerald
                            Are there any tapes or DVD of Eddie Taylor during his prime years? If so I would definitely be interested in buying a copy or so.
                            superiorcues.com

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                            • #15
                              Mary B , Thank you for the Eddie Taylor Web Site. The tape I have is by Alf Taylor. Louis {Little Hand} Bramlett} whom was a top notch Bank Pool player was asked how he could play Eddie , his reply was he couldn't. Not even with a spot , he was asked. Little Hand said you don"t seem to understand there are bank pool players and then there is EDDIE TAYLOR.

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