ADVANCE - Merritt E. Taylor, 69, died Oct. 23, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Dec. 23, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of the late Earl and Ida Ellard Taylor, he was a retired farmer and a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army as a paratrooper and an MP.
On Jan. 22, 1982, in Advance, he married Mary Cudd, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons, Robin Taylor of Ft. Hood, Texas, John Dee Taylor of Advance and Billy Taylor of Advance; four daughters, Ida Jo Crooms of Advance, Laurel Ann Dunlap of Lewisburg, Nikki Davis of Wappapello and Brenda Yeager of Elk, Wash.; three stepsons, Jackie Payne of Advance, Billy Payne of Richland and David Payne of Advance; four stepdaughters, Janet Burnett of Sikeston, Virgie Cloninger of Advance, Mary Loomis of DeSoto and Ginger Hewitt of Advance; one brother, Walter Taylor of Meridian, Miss.; one sister, Nancy Kivett of Fosterburg, Ill.; two half sisters, Sharon Short of Elsa, Ill., and Anita Givens of Gloster, Va.; and 18 grandchildren and 12 great-
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, John Payne, and two grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with his children to speak.
Burial will follow in Morgan Memorial Park in Advance.