Lt. Col George Thomas “Tommie” Taylor, age 93, passed away January 4, 2014. Col. Taylor was a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and was the son of the late George T. and Sue Norsworthy Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his lovely wife Peggy Taylor.
He is survived by his three children, Gary Taylor and wife Glenda of Rockvale, TN, George Taylor and wife Carla of Mt. Juliet, TN, Sue Ann Arnold of Niceville, FL and step-daughter Katie Russell of Dayton, OH. He has nine grandchildren: Jason and wife Kim Taylor, Joshua and Lindsey Taylor, David and Thomas Musco, Clint Stovall, Kris Sexton, Ken and Kirk Russell. His great grandchildren are Austin and Morgan Taylor, Brenna Taylor, Madison Musco, Bela Musco, Emily, Stephanie and Kelli Sexton and David Russell. His great, great grandchildren are Jimmy and Harper Paul.
Col. Taylor faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force from March 18, 1941 to August 31, 1964, when he retired from Sewart Air Force Base in Smyrna, Tennessee after completion of a long and distinguished career. When he enlisted in the Army Air Corps along with many other patriotic young men, it wasn’t long before he was called to fight in World War II where he subsequently flew 51 successful bombing missions in the South Pacific in his B-24 bomber. He loved his many years of service to his country where he achieved officer status, received his flights wings, flew many interesting and sometimes hazardous missions once having his aircraft landing gears shot out by a Japanese fighter, he safely crash-landed his airplane sparing the lives of all his crew. Later he met and married his lovely wife of 62 years and fathered three children all while traveling the world.
After retirement, he became a realtor, and opened his own business Murfreesboro Realty in 1968. As past president of the Murfreesboro Real Estate Association he made inroads into community development. Col. Taylor was the founder and first coach of the Murfreesboro Central High School golf team. In 1970, he moved to Destin, Florida and built a mom and pop motel business for vacationers to enjoy. He eventually sold it and moved to Ocala where he finally did truly retire. He then began doing what he really loved, fishing and playing golf for several sunny years. As many soon learned, he could be a fierce but friendly competitor at both!
He and his wife returned to Murfreesboro in 2000 to be near his son and family for the remainder of their “Golden Years”. At his last residence, Adams Place, he made new friends and renewed old acquaintances from the 50’s and 60’s. While residing there, he also became especially close to his and Peggy’s former neighbor, Stella Smith, who lovingly cared for him. They thoroughly enjoyed dining out, attending church, taking quiet country drives and laughing together.
Our dad will be tremendously missed by his family and friends. The “Colonel” as he was fondly called had a southern charm all his own and an inviting smile with a couple of dazzling “baby blues” that helped him win a few arguments and debates along the way. Also, his dry wit got him more than a few chuckles and probably in and out of some self-created woes!
Steve Odom, dad’s friend and pastor of the Central Christian Church, will deliver his final farewell at Woodfin Memorial Chapel on Monday at 7:00pm. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Graveside services and burial will be Wednesday at 11:00am at Waynesboro City Cemetery in Waynesboro, Mississippi.
Memorials may be mede to Central Christian Church in memory of Col. Taylor.
An online guestbook is available for Mr. Taylor at www.woodfinchapel.com