Jerry Arthur Taylor
Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Arthur Taylor will be Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dr. Dan Lanier and Ty Pigott officiating. Interment will follow in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
Mr. Taylor, 81, of Meridian, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss.
Mr. Taylor gave his life to Christ when he was 16 years old. He was a member of Northcrest Baptist Church. Previously, he was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where he actively served as a deacon for over 40 years. He was a strong godly man, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was bold in his faith and wanted to make sure everyone he came in contact with knew the Lord as their personal Savior.
Mr. Taylor worked as a shipping foreman at Georgia Pacific where he retired after 32 years of service. He was an avid sportsman who loved deer and turkey hunting. He killed over 200 bucks and 279 turkeys. He passed his love for hunting on to his grandson, Bryce. He also loved baseball and was a huge Yankee fan. He coached many youth baseball teams. He enjoyed working with children and teaching them not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also life lessons and the importance of putting Christ first. He will be dearly missed, but he leaves behind a legacy that will forever be in our hearts.
II Timothy 4:6-8 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Mr. Jerry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margie Goodman Taylor; children, Amy Taylor Branning (Allan), Art Taylor (Deborah), and Angela Taylor Shields (Tim); grandchildren, Brookley Branning Glover (Roger), Bryce Branning (Brooke), Austin Taylor (Jackie), Brandon Taylor (Emma), Logan Shields, Dylan Shields, Camden Shields, and great-granddaughter, Layton Glover; sister, Shirley Davis, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Mr. Taylor is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lessie Mae Taylor; sister, Mae Jean Taylor Scarbrough, and brothers-in-law, Roland Davis and Leon Scarbrough.
The family suggest memorials be made as donations to the Gideons International in lieu of flowers.
Pallbearers will be Bryce Branning, Austin Taylor, Brandon Taylor, Roger Glover, Jr., Allan Branning, Tim Shields, Willie Horn, Langford Knight, Derek Mowdy, and Jerry Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be Logan Shields, Dylan Shields, Camden Shields, Waymon Goodman, Ricky Goodman, Felix Butler, Martin Ray Butler, Tommy Joe Butler, and Al Taylor.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com
The Taylor family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at the funeral home.
Published on September 26, 2019

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