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James ‘Jay’ Taylor, Elizabethton

Published March 23rd, 2012 10:41 pm

ELIZABETHTON — James “Jay” Taylor, 88, Elizabethton, passed away Wednesday March 21, 2012, in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Jess Thomas and Maggie Kress Taylor. Jay served in the United States Army during World War II. He received four Bronze Stars in the Pacific Theatre and two Bronze Stars in the Philippine Theatre.
He was a retired employee of Bemberg and North American Rayon Corporation after 49 years of service. Jay was a member of Moores Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Elaine Ihlenfeld; a Step-Daughter: Kathy Wiley; A Step-Son: Robert Wiley; a sister: Edith Garland; and four brothers: Vernon, Gilbert, Aaron “Chig” and Ethan “Dude” Taylor.
He was an avid Lady Vol Fan.
Survivors include his wife: Virginia Davis Taylor; A son & daughter-in-law: Bernie & Valerie Taylor, Johnson City; Two Grandchildren: Mark Taylor and Laura Ferguson; Two Step-Sons: Norman Wiley, of Florida, and James Wiley, Elizabethton; Four Step-Grandchildren; One Brother: Lemmie Taylor, Elizabethton; Two Sisters: Bessie Hardin and Annis Deal, both of Elizabethton; Several Nieces & Nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Sonny Thomas officiating.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Davis Cemetery. Music will be provided by Dale Williams, Soloist, and Lisa McGovern, Pianist. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, will be: Randall Lewis, Chuck Hyder, Arthur Carden, James Hendley, Johnny Holder and Granville Taylor. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Christopher Hoss, Lonnie Lowe, Wade Woods and Randy Kyte. Military Honors will be provided by the Carter County Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Sunday.
Condolences may be e-mailed to
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.