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Lincoln Homer Taylor, 83, of Blacksburg, Virginia, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at
Heritage Hall Health Care Center in Blacksburg.

Memorial services were held at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church on March 15.

He was born to Sylvanus Homer and Nellie Bly (McFarling) Taylor on October 26, 1920,
at Wolsey. He received his elementary education at a rural school near Virgil and
graduated from Wolsey High School. In 1938, he entered South Dakota State College at
Brookings. He graduated in 1942 with a degree in agronomy. For the next four years he
was a civilian instructor in the Army Air Force School in Sioux Falls.

He was corn breeder for Jacques Seed Company of Prescott, Wisconsin for a year, and in 1946 he was called to serve in the Army, and spent 10 months in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He married Mary Anna Fanning June 16, 1946, at the Community Church in St.
Lawrence, South Dakota.

In June 1947, Lincoln entered the graduate program in agronomy at Iowa State College. He earned his master's and PhD degrees in agronomy at the University of Maine from March 1951 until October 1, 1954. He joined the staff of the Agronomy Department of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Blacksburg, Va., from which he retired in 1986.

After retirement, he became a consultant with Seeds West of Roll, Ariz. and developed a
seeded Burmudagrass, which is commercially produced as Mohawk.

He was an active member of Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, and was a member of
numerous honorary fraternities. He was a charter member of Blacksburg's Toastmaster's Club. He was involved with several organizations and worked with Bread for the World.
He was an active supporter of Virginia Tech sports.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years; sons, James (Michelle) Lincoln of Arlington, Va.,
Steve (Patricia) of Woodstock, Va., Martin at home; daughters, Ann Taylor of Houston,
Texas, and Mary (Jesse) Davis of Sierra Vista, Arizona.; five grandchildren; a brother,
Cooley (Elda) Taylor of Rapid City, South Dakota; a sister-in-law, Alice Taylor of Palmer, Alaska; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
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