Frank Victor Taylor

October 1, 2020

Frank V. Taylor, 96, of Charlotte, passed away, on Thursday, October 1, 2020. He was born on a farm in Stanley, NC in 1924. His father was Dr. Frank V. Taylor of Murphy, NC and his mother was Lois Eunice McKeown Taylor, DDS, one of the first women dentists in North Carolina. Dr. Taylor set up her dental practice in her home in Charlotte with her two small children in the late 20’s and practiced for 65 years. The Taylor home is located on East Boulevard and is still owned by Frank.

He went to Bradley College, served as a corporal in the armed forces in the engineer squadron, and was discharged in 1945. Frank went on to study gemology and opened his jewelry store, Arnold Jewelers, in Charlotte in the 50’s. At that time and up until 1980, Frank was the only jeweler in Charlotte certified by the American Gem Society as a color gem analyst. He was an expert at fine watch repair and even when he closed his store in the 90’s, he continued to work on watches from his home on Carmel Valley Road.

In addition to his parents Frank was predeceased by his wife, Rachel Morrow Taylor and his son from a previous marriage, Frank V. Taylor III, of Texas.

Frank is survived by his sister, Dr. Sarah Taylor Morrow, of Wilmington, NC, daughter-in-law; Melissa Taylor, grandson; Frank V. Taylor IV, both of Highland Village, Texas, niece; Lynne Morrow Perrin, of Bessemer City, NC, nephew, Thomas Lacy Morrow III, of Charlotte, one great-grandson; and several other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his stepson, Ray Clark and his wife, Beverly, of Alabama.

Services will be private.

Memorials contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC, 28247.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Betsy Clark

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Frank.
    Our kids always thought of him as a grandfather.
    Are prayers and thoughts are with the family.
    I wish we would have know we would have come to his service.

  • Willie Hobson

    Frank did estate jewelry appraisals for me when I worked in the NCNB Trust Department, and later when I practiced probate law. He was quite-spoken and exuded confidence in his work. As I came to know and trust him, I became a customer of Arnold Jewelers, purchasing several fine pieces for my wife. Frank was a real gentleman.

  • Cathy Tarleton Barrows

    Some of my fondest memories growing up were visiting Frank's store. It was magical, and he always took the time to show me things and explain the ins and outs. He loved what he did and you could tell. It means the world to me that Frank helped pick my wedding rings because I know the care that comes with them. Our deepest condolences to his family.
    Cathy Tarleton Barrows

  • Cullie Tarleton

    Frank was a dear friend of ours for years as he advised us and helped me make quality jewelry selections. He was kind, gracious, truthful and thoughtful. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. What a dear man he was. We will miss our friend. Cullie & Sylvia Tarleton