Jerry F. Taylor, 64, of Saltillo, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness.
He was born June 13, 1948, in Corinth to Merle “Red” Taylor and Martha Jean Ellis Taylor. He spent most of childhood traveling with his dad who was a legend in Blue Grass music. He enjoyed spending time with his dad at the Grand Ole Opry making memories with music legends such as Bill Monroe, George Jones, Hank Williams, Ferlin Husky, Elvis Presley, Gordon Terry, Ray Price and many other great music legends. Jerry volunteered to serve in the Army at the young age of 17. He completed boot camp and infantry training school at Ft. Benning, Ga., in 1966 and then went on to proudly fight for his country in the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. When Jerry returned from his service he joined the Tupelo Police Dept., where he was a patrolman, detective and a sketch artist, and he also worked for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. Jerry had a passion for yard work and cooking. Jerry was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 847, where he served as a veterans’ service officer. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His life revolved around his grandkids, Cade and Olivia. He will be missed dearly but never forgotten.
Services with military honors were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at The Saltillo chapel of W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Bro. Tim Green officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Taylor of Saltillo; two daughters, Angie Taylor Bates and Misty Taylor, both of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Cade Taylor and Olivia Rutledge, both of Saltillo; two brothers, Tracy Taylor (Patricia) of Tupelo and Dale Taylor (Brandy) of Saltillo; three sisters, Darlene Huntington (Les) of New Albany, Robin Taylor Wages of Birmingham, Ala., and Gina Taylor Tyra of San Antonio, Texas; a special cousin, Jack McCormick (Janet) of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle “Red” Taylor and Martha Jean Taylor; his grandparents; a special aunt, Bobbie Sue McCormick.
Pallbearers were Jack McCormick, Tracy Taylor, Davy Estes, Richard Hill, Cade Taylor, Rick Wages, Jimmy White, Casey White and W.K. Webb.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 842.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.