Moore Funeral Home
197 Lynn Ray Rd.
197 Lynn Ray Rd.
Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard
In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on September 7, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. CW4(Ret) James Taylor, age 75, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 890th Engineer Battalion and DOL, Joint Force Headquarters, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. James had worked full-time earlier in his career at MATES, then later at USPFO/DOL at Camp Shelby.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
James Kermit Taylor, 75, of Petal, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Asbury Hospice House. Visitation will be Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Lynn Ray Road Baptist Church with services immediately following at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Bro. Taylor graduated from William Carey University in 1993. He served in the United States Army and served in the Mississippi National Guard for over 31 years, retiring in 2008, as a Chief Warrant Officer. He was an ordained Minister for over 40 years, serving at several churches. He retired in 2018, after pastoring Lynn Ray Road Baptist Church for five years. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his grandson. In February of 2021, he was inducted into the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in football.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nettie Shotts Taylor and Kermit Roosevelt Taylor; one sister, Olga Taylor Kahl; and one brother, Maynard Lee Taylor.
He is survived by his wife, Reda Broome Taylor of Petal; one daughter, Tobi Taylor Duckworth (David Scott) of Petal; one grandson, Gabriel Taylor Duckworth; one sister, Dorothy Ann Szymanski (Richard) of Gulfport; and numerous nieces and nephews.