SIKESTON -- James T. "Red" Taylor Sr., 77, died at 6:21 p.m. Dec. 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Dec. 3, 1927, at Fulton, Ky., son of the late Aubrey T. and Florence A. Dick Taylor, he was a self-employed carpenter and cement finisher. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he became a 32nd degree Mason on Dec. 7, 1968. He was of the Baptist belief.
On Dec. 22, 1946, in Henderson, Ky., he married Avanell Sherrod who preceded him in death on Feb. 6, 1969.
On Dec. 27, 1969, in Sikeston, he married Irene Louise Ruff who survives of the home.
Survivors include: one son, James T. Taylor Jr. of Beaumont, Texas; two daughters, Brenda Enoch of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Judy Gramling of St. Louis; one stepson, Doug Ruff of Blodgett; three stepdaughters, Patricia Vollersten of St. Louis, Sherian Grayson of Sikeston and Tammy Linam of Kansas City; and six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 11 stepgrandchildren and 11 great-stepgrandchildren.
Visitation is after 12:30 p.m. today until time for services at 2 p.m. at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. The Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of Murray Lane Baptist Church in Sikeston, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Ricky Wrather, Ryan Gramling, Adam Gramling, Keith Tehee, David Linam and John Grayson.