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Tommy  Taylor

Tommy Taylor

Sunday, May 6th, 1956 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Tommy R. Taylor, 64, of the Richburg Community in Hattiesburg, died quietly in his home where he lived his entire life with his wife near on July 2, 2020. Services will be held at the Sandy Run Worship Center.
Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Oak Grove High School and was the first OG student to ever be selected for the MS State Lion’s band, which he played in for two consecutive years. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Music Education and minor in art, and attended grad school there as well. While at USM, he played in the marching, symphonic, and jazz lab bands. After graduation, he served as a high school/middle school band director and middle school show choir director, as well as an elementary music teacher. He taught in the Covington and Smith County School districts for ten years, then spent the last 20 years in the Forrest County school district at all campuses. He retired after 30 years of teaching in MS public schools.
He also served as the minister of music for the Hattiesburg/Trinity Heights Church of God and the Petal Church of God for over 20 years, then served at Richburg Baptist and Sandy Run Worship Center, each for ten years. He served on the MS State Laymen’s Board for the Church of God and local Pastors council, and was a crisis/suicide counselor with Pine Belt Mental Health. He was an associate member of the Mississippi Order of the Purple Heart, and played in the Hattiesburg Concert Band and Southern Strings Dulcimer group.
Mr. Taylor is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey B. and Ellie Mae Mullen Taylor, a son Jeremy Alan Taylor, two brothers, Earl L. Taylor and Jimmy D. Taylor, and a sister Linda Ann Taylor. He is survived by his wife of over 42 years, Mary Jean Taylor, three sons Joshua and James (Jenna) Taylor of Hattiesburg, and John Taylor of Davenport Florida; two sisters, Faye Wilson of Colliersville, TN, and Vicki Taylor of Hattiesburg; and two brothers, Harvey Dean Taylor of Woodbury, TN, and Victor Taylor of Grenada, Ms.
Burial will be at the Richburg Cemetery where five previous generations of his family were laid to rest.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations or contributions to the Homes of Hope or Salt and Light Ministries both located in Purvis. Tommy was a man of service and cared deeply for children. He was a godly example of a Christian husband, father, and friend. He will be greatly missed.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sandy Run Worship and Praise Center
    172 Sandy Run Road
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  • Service

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Sandy Run Worship and Praise Center
    172 Sandy Run Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Arrangements Pending.
  • Interment

    Richburg Cemetery
    Richburg Road
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Kristen McRaney Graves

Posted at 10:37am
Mr. Taylor was a wonderful Chorus and Band teacher to many of us at Collins High! We were musically blessed! Love and prayers for your sweet family,
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Larry Barrett

Posted at 10:48am
One of a very few people i have met in this life who NEVER had a bad word to say about anyone and i have never met anyone who had a bad word to say about him. It may be easy to judge in this world, but I never saw him do that. He was a GREAT person who i was lucky to know in this life and i fully expect to love and see him again. I pray for his family and I know they loved him deeply. Always quick with a smile and a great sense of humor - Tommy you will be sorely missed but i am sure God is excited to have you back - Love you Buddy and until we see each other again - Take special care.

Sue McDaniel

Posted at 09:21pm
What a great man Tommy Taylor was. We grew up together in the same community & graduated together in 1974 at OGHS. Tommy touched so many lives, more than he even knew about with me being one of those. I will always remember Tommy and that sweet smile he always had on his face. Mary Jean, you and your sons will continue to be in my prayers.
Sue Hartfield McDaniel
Greenville, SC

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Posted at 03:41pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. To all the lives that Tommy touched may your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Love Dale and Teresa
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