MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Erle Allen Taylor Jr. 74, of Moultrie, Ga., died on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Legacy Village in Moultrie.
Lunch for family and out-of-town guests will be provided at 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held immediately following the lunch at 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Graveside rites, with military honors, will be held following the service at Westview Cemetery with the Rev. Matt Marston officiating.
Pallbearers will be his North Georgia College classmates and friends, John Douglas of Atlanta, Jimmy Flowers of Atlanta, Tracy Gerard of Atlanta, Henry King of Atlanta, Buddy Kirk of LaGrange, Theo McDonald of Sandersville, Tom Richardson of Ellijay, Darrell Funderburk of Moultrie, Henry McDonald of Moultrie, Jule Paulk of Miami, Johnny Ray of Moultrie and Bradley Bennett Willis of Moultrie.
Born December 5, 1942, in Moultrie, Ga., he was the son of the late Erle Allen Taylor Sr. and the late Anna Elizabeth Brannen Taylor. He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church in Moultrie. Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by two nephews, Michael David Sherer of Atlanta and Bradley Bennett Willis of Montgomery, Ala.
Mr. Taylor was a 1960 graduate of Moultrie Senior High School. He graduated from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as a Regular Army officer upon graduation in 1964. He served in various Airborne and Infantry units in the U.S. and overseas. He went with the advance party of the First Air Cavalry Division to Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star with V device while serving there. He also served in Korea for 13 months after his Vietnam deployment. After his military service, he spent the majority of his career in the textile industry, working for Milliken and Company in LaGrange and Greenville, S.C., and with Interface Flooring Systems in LaGrange, as well as with Dixie Yarn in Washington, Ga.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Symmers Taylor of Moultrie, a daughter, JoAnn Ashburn Taylor Sigl and husband Eric T. of Atlanta; two sons Erle Allen Taylor III and wife Kelly Crossland of Mansfield, Mass., Nelson Warren Taylor and wife Laya Waldman of Austin, TX and their children Lainey Elizabeth Sigl (9), Luke Kyle Sigl (7), Ella Ashburn Sigl (4), Kyle Morgan Taylor (12), Lily Grace Taylor (9), Ryan James Taylor (9) and Fox Edwin Taylor (6 months).
Other survivors include his brother Warren Brannen Taylor and wife Gidge of Moultrie; sister, Elizabeth Clark Taylor Willis and husband R. Zess Willis of Montgomery, Ala. Also included are his first cousins Martiel Brannen Wallace of Boca Raton, Fla., Clem Brannen of Atlanta, Bill Brannen of Valdosta and his nieces and nephews.
Mr. Taylor was fond of flying, bird hunting, fishing, baseball and football. Above all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was kind, generous, caring and a loyal friend. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 201 12th Ave SE, Moultrie, GA. 31768.
Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
Published on April 11, 2017