About us

Taylor Family Funeral Home is the most centrally located funeral home in Pinellas County, Florida. We are located near Hospice Facilities, Hospitals, and Cemeteries and remain under private ownership and management.

Local, Family/Independently owned funeral establishments used to dominate the funeral profession landscape in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Funeral home owners were integrated into the fabric of the community, serving the general public in multi-faceted ways, such as philanthropic endeavors, community development, and community involvement. At Taylor Family Funeral Home, our ownership and faculty, participate in the facilitation of growth and the promotion of a strong Tampa Bay community. Ownership and staff have donated countless hours of service to our neighbors in Tampa Bay. At Taylor Family Funeral Home pride ourselves on the benefits we bring to the community, we believe this is what separates us from our competitors.

Over the past two decades, the funeral industry has been hijacked by corporations or consolidators, from New Orleans, Dallas, and elsewhere. The “Practice of Funeral Service” has moved from its natural roots as a community-based service business and has been turned into an expensive sales vehicle intent on separating you from as many hard-earned dollars as possible. These major corporations are very different in their business mindset. They have adopted higher costs of services and merchandise which ultimately are passed onto consumers in order to pay their costly overhead and satisfy shareholders.

A “Traditional” funeral establishment that is locally owned generally costs 38 – 40% less than the cost of these “Corporate Consolidators. Taylor Family Funeral Home recommends when you talk with a funeral establishment for price comparison, you inquire to find out if the establishment is locally owned. The staff that work at these funeral homes are nice people and the services and facilities are generally of equal quality to independent funeral establishments. Still, their prices and the processes they impose, place a difficult burden on you and your family. Sadly, many of the old independent funeral homes have been purchased by these types of corporate consolidators, they have kept the legacy name of the original incorporators, while subtly increasing costs on consumers.

At Taylor Family Funeral Home, we’re still in the “Practice of Funeral Service”. We are proud to provide you and your family with affordable funeral & cremation services. We always have, always will, and we are truly Blessed to do so.

Meet Our Staff

  • Ed Taylor
    LFD, Owner

    A 5th generation Floridian, Ed was born in Tampa and has lived in Pinellas County since 1964. He has seen our region grow from dirt roads to interstates, from open unrestricted beaches and citrus groves to urban commercial and high-rise residential developments.

    He began working for the Prevatt Funeral Home in Pinellas Park while at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg. He says, “all kids worked somewhere in those days, gas stations, grocery stores, movie theaters, I went to work at a funeral home”. After high school he attended Miami-Dade Community College and graduated with an AA degree in Mortuary Science. Served two years of internship and passed his National Board exam and State Board of Florida exams for his Embalming & Funeral Directors Licenses. He’s been serving families in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties ever since.

    Ed was elected to the Pinellas Park City Council in March 1998 and has been re-elected in all subsequent elections. His current term expired in 2018 and was his last. He has represented the City on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Board of Directors (PSTA), the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) and the Agency on Bay Management (ABM).
    His service to our community and the Tampa Bay area includes past President of the Pinellas Park Historical Society, member of Celebrate Pinellas Park, Inc., Pinellas Park Art Society, Friends of Library, Pinellas Park Rotary Club, Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club, Pinellas Park/Mid-County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Diocesan Board of Catholic Formation & Education, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Knights of Columbus, O.T.H.E.R.S. of Morning Star School and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
    Ed is married to the lovely Barbara, and they have two sons, John (Tennille) & Bryan and four granddaughters; Landree, Finlee, Lily Ann & Ella Grace and an old cat named Boulevard. “My family will always be my full-time job and one from which I’ll never retire”.

    Thank you for giving Taylor Family Funeral Home the opportunity & privilege in allowing “Our Family to Serve Yours”.

  • Chris Paynic
    LFD, Owner

    Chris graduated from St Petersburg College in 2010, with a degree in mortuary science and is a second-generation funeral director. He is also a Certified Crematory Operator, Certified Life Celebrant and Pinellas Park Kiwanis member.

    He worked under the tutelage of Richard Sorensen at Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home for 5 years and after Rick sold his funeral home, went to work as the General Manager for Loyless Funeral Home and Florida Mortuary. After 5 years and serving over 1500 families a year, that funeral home was sold to Foundation Partners and Chris knew then, he needed to be back at a family-owned funeral home.

    That’s when the opportunity came for him to join Ed and Taylor Family Funeral Home and be a part of the Pinellas Park community.

    Chris has always said, “We should treat the bereaved families like they were our family and when we help a family, remember that we are taking care of the most precious love they have”.

    In his spare time, Chris enjoys family and being with his 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren, coaching softball, hiking, and playing golf.

  • Enoch Nicholson
    Funeral Home Assistant

    Enoch is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg married to Katie Nicholson and the father to Mikayla Nicholson.

    Enoch serves as the Scholarship Co-Chair for the Patrick Brett Foundation, and is the (Past) Vice-Chair for the Lealman CRA Advisory Committee, working hard to improve the neighborhood he grew up in. Enoch is a Lunch Pals mentor for Pinellas County Schools, an Ambassador for the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he serves as the Treasurer of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Enoch is the head volleyball coach at Meadowlawn Middle School (where he attended and played) and is a member of the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida. Enoch loves God, his family, and his friends. He’s an avid fisherman, gardener, golfer, and extremely competitive. Enoch loves to serve people. “God’s given me a servant’s heart, so I serve.” Enoch has been in the Funeral Services profession for over 17 years and has worked at Taylor Family Funeral Home for the past 8 years. Enoch is currently enrolled in the Funeral Services Program at St. Petersburg College.

  • Alec has been serving the families of Pinellas County for nearly 60 years and for the last 10 years as an important member of our staff.

  • Jim was born and raised in Pinellas Park, the third generation of his family to live here.  His parents were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where his family has been parishioners since the ‘60s.

    Jim began working for a local funeral home while still in high school, and graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in mortuary science in 1998.  For the next several years he served as a funeral director for a collection of corporate-owned funeral homes in the Tampa Bay area.

    When the future of the corporation he worked for became uncertain, Jim began looking for an opening at local independent funeral homes, hoping to get away from the corporate environment.  Unfortunately those positions were very hard to find at the time, which led him to leave the funeral industry for a while.

    During that time away, he worked various jobs in Information Technology, managed a yoga studio, studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, started a permaculture landscaping business, and worked as a handyman.  However, the pull to get back to serving families as a funeral director was always calling.

    Finding himself in a period of change, with family and career, Jim decided it was time to stop ignoring the call to come back to funeral services.  It was perfect timing, as an opportunity to join the Taylor Funeral Home family presented itself.

    “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the history of Taylor Family Funeral Home, to be back in a position where I can serve the families of our community by helping guide them through one of the most difficult experiences of their lives.” – Jim

    In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, tinkering on handyman projects, bowling, traveling, and hiking whenever possible.

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