|John Henry Taylor's grave marker|
The Meridian Star
Services for Bessie Mae Kennedy Taylor were held Thursday, June 28, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel. Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales and Wright's Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Taylor, 82, died Sunday, June 24, 2007. She was born to Benjamin Franklin and Mary Melinda McGrew Kennedy on Oct. 28, 1924 in Quitman. She married John Henry Taylor on Oct. 19, 1943 in Quitman, where they raised five children before moving to Texas and having five more children. In 1966 the family moved to Camden, Ala., where she worked as a seamstress in the sewing factory. In 1970 Mr. Taylor died and she moved her family to Montgomery, Ala. where she worked at Paragon Press and Cherry's Bait and Produce. The family grew up and moved on leaving Mrs. Taylor in Wetumpka, Ala, where she worked at National Industry on an assembly line. Mrs. Taylor moved to Gonzales, in 1992 and lived there until her death. She will be remembered dearly and fondly as "Babe" to some, "Ma" to others and "Grandma" to the younger group of family and friends.
Survivors include her children, John Franklin Taylor and his wife, Edna, of Chico, Texas, J.C. Taylor and his wife, Barbara, of Brandon, Laura Diane Johnson and her husband, Jack, of Clanton, Ala., Mary Beth Mercer and her husband, Larry, of Gonzales, Richard Taylor and his fiancé, Debbie, of Pass Christian, Wayne Taylor and his wife, Dorothy, of Bridgeport, Texas, Rebecca Condel and her husband, Alvin, of Gonzales, Jane Stephens and her husband, Dale, of Helfin, Ala., and Carla Taylor of Dothan, Ala.; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sisters, Virginia Arrington and her husband, Eugene, of Quitman and Vonice Crawford and her husband, Alston, of Moundville, Ala., a sister-in-law, Johnnie Kate Kennedy of Quitman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-mother, Callie Southern Kennedy; her husband; a daughter, Christine Taylor Herbert Tripp in 1998; a grandson, Jason Clark Stewart in 1979; brothers, Charles Matthew Kennedy in 1998 and John Robert Kennedy in 2006.
Pallbearers were Mark Stewart, Michael Mercer, Jason Condel, Bryan Condel, Chad Merchison and Carla Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, CR 132, Quitman, MS 39355 or the American Diabetes Association, Hospice of South Texas or a charity of choice.
They had the following children:
John Franklin Taylor was born on 12 December 1944. He married Edna.
J.C. Taylor was born on 14 July 1946. He married Barbara.
Laura Diane Taylor was born on 11 August 1948. She married Ronald Howard Stewart and later Jack Walter Johnson. She birthed a son, Jason.
Christine Taylor was born on 2 September 1949 and died on 17 August 1998. She married a Herbert and later a Tripp.
Mary Beth Taylor was born on 28 October 1951. She married Larry Joe Mercer. She birthed a son, James.
Richard Taylor was born on 2 December 1955. He married Debbie.
Wayne Taylor was born on 3 September 1957. He married Dorothy.
Rebecca Taylor was born on 3 September 1959. She married Alvin Paul Condel. She birthed two children: Jason and Bryan.
Jane Taylor was born on 17 August 1961. She married Dale Stephens.
Carla Taylor was born on 6 January 1963.