SFC (RET) James Edward Taylor, 71, of Junction City, KS, passed January 10, 2021. Johnson Funeral Home of Junction City is assisting the family with arrangements.
Due to the current Covid-19 environment, no services are scheduled.
James was born on April 7, 1949, in Shaw, Mississippi, the son of the late Oscar and Mary (Burtin) Taylor.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Ann Taylor whom he married January 7 of 1989.
James is also survived by: his three children, Sherron Kimberly Taylor, James Edward Taylor II, and Ianthia Taylor; two grandchildren, Khai’Airi Lee Twiggs and Jourdan Radcliff; two great-grandchildren, David II and Drew Radcliff; and a host of loving family and friends, nieces, and nephews.
James joined the United States Army at the age of 21 and served honorably for over 22 years. He was in many duty stations both domestic and abroad. He also earned many decorations and awards which include but are not limited to: the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Army Lapel Button, NCO Professional Development Ribbon "2", Kuwait Liberation Medal, Sharpshooter (M-16 Rifle), Overseas Service Ribbon "3", Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Army Achievement Medal w/ 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal w/ 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 3rd BSS, and the Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.
James enjoyed many things in his spare time. He was also a member of the American Legion of Junction City.
James’ family would like express heartfelt messages to him:
Barbara Ann Taylor: “Farewell to my “Gentle Giant” whom I will always and forever carry in my heart. I miss you so much. You will not be forgotten ?. Your wife, Barbara – I LOVE YOU”.
Kim Taylor and James Taylor II: “Dad, your love for me is undeniable. Your dreams for me are never ending. Your gift to me is gracious, Thank you for loving me unconditionally, teaching me, providing me with integrity, ethics, and honor. Your memory is a gift to all how knew and loved you. Your loving and grateful children, Sharron Kimberly and James Taylor II”.
Ianthia Taylor: “You will always and forever be my favorite person. Heaven’s loving angel. I love you poppie. Your eye-eye, your favorite child ?”.
James was a devoted husband, loving father, caring grandfather and great-grandfather, and loyal friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Mattie Bell and Bobbie Bryson.
The family would like to thank Johnson Funeral Home of Junction City, Kansas: “It is with deep appreciation we thank you for kindly guiding us through this sad hour of bereavement”. ~ The Taylor Family
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