Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and with the unique meaningful celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Eric Johnson Eric@LTaylorFuneral.com

Eric Johnson is one of our funeral directors and received his degree in funeral services with honors from St. Petersburg College in 2010. Eric came to Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in 2009 while in college and he completed his internship under the leadership and supervision of Larry and Micah. He was born in Wisconsin and moved with his family to Southwest Michigan at the age of 14. Eric became a resident of Southwest Florida in 2004 for the same reasons that many of our community have come to our area, to escape the cold and snow. Introduced to the funeral business at an early age, he has a great appreciation for honoring life and serving families in this community. His expertise in creating meaningful celebrations of life has been quite impressive. He thinks outside the box and helps families celebrate the lives of their loved ones in very creative ways. Larry planned for Eric to partner with him as he reached retirement age and when he retired, wanted Eric to carry on the business and be there for our community in helping them to “celebrate a life well lived”. After the sudden death of our founder in April of 2019, Eric and his wife Carolyn began their journey of carrying on Larry’s legacy while creating their own.

Eric is a retired Airline Pilot as well as a Flight instructor and has become well known for his knowledge of antique clocks. Antiques such as clocks, coins, watches and cars are included in his wide range of hobbies. Some people say you cannot have too many hobbies…well, Eric is testing that theory. When Eric is not in the office, you can find him out and about in our community supporting local sports teams and charities, metal detecting, perusing antique shops, coin shops and cruising into car shows. He has been a Green Bay Packers fan since birth and enjoys spending time with his family rooting them on. He is married to Carolyn and lives in Punta Gorda. They have 6 wonderful children, Austin, Lauren, Ashton, Blake, Brendan and Eric II.

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Carolyn Johnson Carolyn@LTaylorFuneral.com

Carolyn Johnson is our Office Manager having received her degree with honors from Florida SouthWestern State College with a BAS in Supervision and Management, minoring in Business Administration and Management.  She was born in Minnesota and raised in Missouri until joining the Marine Corps in 1997.  After honorably serving as an NCO with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter (ARFF) she relocated to Florida in 2002. Her passion and dedication to serving Veterans in the local community at the VA Healthcare facility for numerous years has driven her desire to join her husband Eric with carrying on Larry’s legacy.  Carolyn has extensive experience in office administration, veteran affairs and has been consistently recognized for her exemplary customer service. 

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Micah Botts Micah@LTaylorfuneral.com

Micah Botts, as a funeral director for 40 years, has had the opportunity to help plan the celebration of lives for thousands of families with the utmost care and compassion. He came to Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in 2002 and has been an integral part of the success of this firm. Micah was born and raised in Florida and has been in Southwest Florida since 1986. Micah has been a Florida State University and Tampa Bay Bucs fan for many years. When he isn’t in the office, you can find him on the various golf courses within the community. It has been a lifelong passion of his, in fact he has been hitting the links since he was 7 years old. Micah is married to Dawn and lives in North Port. He has a son, Kyle, who lives in Colorado and is a Marine Corps Veteran.

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Linda Hay Linda@LTaylorFuneral.com

Linda Hay is the company bookkeeper. Her resume' reveals over 20 years of experience with a number of companies, and in several different industries. She is well versed in implementing and working with accounting systems and project management. Linda moved from California to Florida in 2004 with her husband, Nick; they have traveled extensively to many areas around the globe, and are very avid boaters. You will find Linda and Nick, cruising the local waterways, enjoying their time on the water with friends. Other members of her family are a son and daughter-in-law, and two grandsons, living in California.

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Marian Taylor Marian@LtaylorFuneral.com

Marian Taylor is our Promotional Director. Marian was born in Florida and has lived in Charlotte County since 1977. She has worked alongside Larry since they opened Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services on September 1, 2000, serving families together in our community. Marian remains involved with the funeral home and will be out in the community she loves, volunteering, socializing and promoting the business while maintaining existing and building new relationships. Marian, Larry and all four of their children are all proud to be alumni of Charlotte High School. Larry and Marian have four granddaughters, Kirstyn, Aubrianna, Lizzy, and Loryn, and five grandsons, Ethan, Landon, Matthew, Draven and Trenton.

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Jen Courtney

Jen, our former office assistant, has been with the company since 2018. She has transitioned roles from office assistant and is currently a part-time funeral director’s assistant. She is attending college at St. Petersburg College to pursue her degree in Mortuary Science in order to obtain her Funeral Director’s certification. Jen’s attention to detail, personality, care and compassion for our families will be a great asset during her transition to becoming a Funeral Director. She is the mother of two beautiful children and when not working is spending time with them at local parks and events.

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Blake Johnson

Blake, is our part-time funeral attendant and is the son of Eric and Carolyn. Blake’s interest in the funeral business began when he was a young boy and continues to this day. As a young child, he would follow, Larry, Micah and Eric around the funeral home, asking many questions. He is considering becoming a second-generation Funeral Director and following in his father’s footsteps. His care and compassion towards everyone and everything will serve our community well. You will see him assisting our staff with many different tasks as well as being an assistant to our Funeral Directors during Celebration of Life Ceremonies. Blake is a senior at Charlotte High School and enjoys metal detecting with his father, cars and gaming.

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Larry Taylor (1961-2019)

Larry Taylor, our Founder, had been in the funeral business since 1980 and served the Charlotte County community until his death in April of 2019. He founded Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in 2000 with the goal of providing old fashioned service at affordable prices. Never one to stop moving forward, Larry sought out ways to better celebrate lives with innovative and personalized printing and pictorial tributes. This care and attention to each family's personal needs for celebrating their loved one's life earned him the respect of the community reflected in being named Best Funeral Home and Best Funeral Director 18 times since opening in 2000. Larry came to this community with his family in 1969 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte since then. He was very active in the community as a member Punta Gorda Kiwanis bringing many programs to Charlotte County in service to kids such as The Socks for Kids Project and Christmas at East (Elementary). He had been a proud member of the Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care Community Advisory Counsel and co-chairman of their capital campaign when they expanded the Hospice House, a longtime member of His Four Southern Gospel Quartet, and was an umpire/trainer/evaluator for Little League thru college age baseball spending many years on committees with FHSAA, including being recognized as FHSAA Umpire of the Year for 2014 -15. Larry has left a great impact on our community, and we are committed to continuing his legacy.

Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson is one of our funeral directors and received his degree in funeral services with honors from St. Petersburg College in 2010. Eric came to Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in 2009 while in college and he completed his internship under the leadership and supervision of Larry and Micah. He was born in Wisconsin and moved with his family to Southwest Michigan at the age of 14. Eric became a resident of Southwest Florida in 2004 for the same reasons that many of our community have come to our area, to escape the cold and snow. Introduced to the funeral business at an early age, he has a great appreciation for honoring life and serving families in this community. His expertise in creating meaningful celebrations of life has been quite impressive. He thinks outside the box and helps families celebrate the lives of their loved ones in very creative ways. Larry planned for Eric to partner with him as he reached retirement age and when he retired, wanted Eric to carry on the business and be there for our community in helping them to “celebrate a life well lived”. After the sudden death of our founder in April of 2019, Eric and his wife Carolyn began their journey of carrying on Larry’s legacy while creating their own.

Eric is a retired Airline Pilot as well as a Flight instructor and has become well known for his knowledge of antique clocks. Antiques such as clocks, coins, watches and cars are included in his wide range of hobbies. Some people say you cannot have too many hobbies…well, Eric is testing that theory. When Eric is not in the office, you can find him out and about in our community supporting local sports teams and charities, metal detecting, perusing antique shops, coin shops and cruising into car shows. He has been a Green Bay Packers fan since birth and enjoys spending time with his family rooting them on. He is married to Carolyn and lives in Punta Gorda. They have 6 wonderful children, Austin, Lauren, Ashton, Blake, Brendan and Eric II.

Carolyn Johnson

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Carolyn Johnson is our Office Manager having received her degree with honors from Florida SouthWestern State College with a BAS in Supervision and Management, minoring in Business Administration and Management.  She was born in Minnesota and raised in Missouri until joining the Marine Corps in 1997.  After honorably serving as an NCO with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter (ARFF) she relocated to Florida in 2002. Her passion and dedication to serving Veterans in the local community at the VA Healthcare facility for numerous years has driven her desire to join her husband Eric with carrying on Larry’s legacy.  Carolyn has extensive experience in office administration, veteran affairs and has been consistently recognized for her exemplary customer service. 

Micah Botts

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Micah Botts, as a funeral director for 40 years, has had the opportunity to help plan the celebration of lives for thousands of families with the utmost care and compassion. He came to Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in 2002 and has been an integral part of the success of this firm. Micah was born and raised in Florida and has been in Southwest Florida since 1986. Micah has been a Florida State University and Tampa Bay Bucs fan for many years. When he isn’t in the office, you can find him on the various golf courses within the community. It has been a lifelong passion of his, in fact he has been hitting the links since he was 7 years old. Micah is married to Dawn and lives in North Port. He has a son, Kyle, who lives in Colorado and is a Marine Corps Veteran.

Linda Hay

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Linda Hay is the company bookkeeper. Her resume' reveals over 20 years of experience with a number of companies, and in several different industries. She is well versed in implementing and working with accounting systems and project management. Linda moved from California to Florida in 2004 with her husband, Nick; they have traveled extensively to many areas around the globe, and are very avid boaters. You will find Linda and Nick, cruising the local waterways, enjoying their time on the water with friends. Other members of her family are a son and daughter-in-law, and two grandsons, living in California.

Marian Taylor

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Marian Taylor is our Promotional Director. Marian was born in Florida and has lived in Charlotte County since 1977. She has worked alongside Larry since they opened Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services on September 1, 2000, serving families together in our community. Marian remains involved with the funeral home and will be out in the community she loves, volunteering, socializing and promoting the business while maintaining existing and building new relationships. Marian, Larry and all four of their children are all proud to be alumni of Charlotte High School. Larry and Marian have four granddaughters, Kirstyn, Aubrianna, Lizzy, and Loryn, and five grandsons, Ethan, Landon, Matthew, Draven and Trenton.

Jen Courtney

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Jen, our former office assistant, has been with the company since 2018. She has transitioned roles from office assistant and is currently a part-time funeral director’s assistant. She is attending college at St. Petersburg College to pursue her degree in Mortuary Science in order to obtain her Funeral Director’s certification. Jen’s attention to detail, personality, care and compassion for our families will be a great asset during her transition to becoming a Funeral Director. She is the mother of two beautiful children and when not working is spending time with them at local parks and events.

Blake Johnson

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Blake, is our part-time funeral attendant and is the son of Eric and Carolyn. Blake’s interest in the funeral business began when he was a young boy and continues to this day. As a young child, he would follow, Larry, Micah and Eric around the funeral home, asking many questions. He is considering becoming a second-generation Funeral Director and following in his father’s footsteps. His care and compassion towards everyone and everything will serve our community well. You will see him assisting our staff with many different tasks as well as being an assistant to our Funeral Directors during Celebration of Life Ceremonies. Blake is a senior at Charlotte High School and enjoys metal detecting with his father, cars and gaming.

Larry Taylor (1961-2019)

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Larry Taylor, our Founder, had been in the funeral business since 1980 and served the Charlotte County community until his death in April of 2019. He founded Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in 2000 with the goal of providing old fashioned service at affordable prices. Never one to stop moving forward, Larry sought out ways to better celebrate lives with innovative and personalized printing and pictorial tributes. This care and attention to each family's personal needs for celebrating their loved one's life earned him the respect of the community reflected in being named Best Funeral Home and Best Funeral Director 18 times since opening in 2000. Larry came to this community with his family in 1969 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte since then. He was very active in the community as a member Punta Gorda Kiwanis bringing many programs to Charlotte County in service to kids such as The Socks for Kids Project and Christmas at East (Elementary). He had been a proud member of the Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care Community Advisory Counsel and co-chairman of their capital campaign when they expanded the Hospice House, a longtime member of His Four Southern Gospel Quartet, and was an umpire/trainer/evaluator for Little League thru college age baseball spending many years on committees with FHSAA, including being recognized as FHSAA Umpire of the Year for 2014 -15. Larry has left a great impact on our community, and we are committed to continuing his legacy.