Funeral services for James Arthur Taylor of Seymour were held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Seymour. Burial followed in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery, under the direction of the funeral home.
Mr. Taylor, 61, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1958, in Gary, Ind., to Jessie L. and Mary Grace Wilson Taylor.
The family relocated to rural Mountain Grove and bought a farm where he was raised with his brother and five sisters.
He attended Mountain Grove schools.
In 1978, he joined the U.S. Army and dutifully served his country for the next 10-1/2 years as a combat engineer for the 1st Infantry Division.
After honorable discharge in 1988, he came back to the area and finally settled in Seymour.
He was a committed, full-time farmer who also worked off the farm.
He spent several years truck driving and working as a mechanic.
He was a member of the Seymour Freewill Baptist Church.
He also was a member of Wilson-Alexander American Legion Post No. 306 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 1502 in Seymour.
He loved to hunt deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and other small game.
Survivors include his daughter, Marie Hicks and husband Joseph of Mountain Grove; his sons, Jessie Taylor of the state of Florida, James “J.T.” Taylor and wife Sandy, Samuel Taylor and wife Whitney, Keith Taylor and wife Kelley, and Dylan Taylor, all of Seymour; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; Douglas Allen, whom he considered a son; his sisters, Margaret Mayfield and husband Larland of Drury, Mildred Brown and husband David of Theodosia, Christine Hourie of Kitchener, British Columbia, Bernice Sherman of Harrison, Ark., and Kathy Groves and husband Patrick of Bullhead City, Ariz.; and his brother, William “Billy” Taylor and wife Linda of Hartville.
Online condolences may be left at www.holmanhowe.com.