James Franklin “Jim” Taylor, 73, a resident of Cleveland and formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 4, 2012, at the family residence.
He was the son of the late Myrtle Louise Wilson Taylor and Joseph Newton Taylor. He was precede in death by his daughter, Amber Marie Taylor; his son, Martin Joseph Taylor; and his brothers: Joe, George and Ed Taylor.
He was employed with the Martin Marietta Corporation in Cape Canaveral, Fla. He worked on all of the Apollo space missions. He moved to Oak Ridge and continued his service with Martin Marietta working at the Y-12 Nuclear Facility. He retired with more than 30 years’ service with Martin Marietta.
While living in Oak Ridge, he was a member of Heritage Fellowship Church.
He has been a resident of Cleveland for the past four years and was a member of the Westmore Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia “Pat” Taylor; and daughter, Tammy Taylor, both of Cleveland; son, Wayne Taylor and his wife, Debi, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; grandchildren: Justin Bunch, Kevin Bunch and his wife, Marissa, all of Cleveland and Devin Taylor of Lawrenceville, Ga.; great-grandchildren: Ella Rose Bunch and Marley Ann Bunch; sisters: Aletha Braunns of Orlando, Fla., and Nelma Woolf of Dona Vista, Fla.; brothers: Jack Taylor and his wife, Bertha, of Tampa, Fla., and Bill Taylor, also of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, from the Heritage Fellowship Church in Oak Ridge with Dr. Fred Garmon, Dr. Paul Metler and the Rev. Wendell Smith officiating.
Interment will follow in the Oak Ridge Memorial Gardens with Wayne and Devin Taylor, Kevin and Justin Bunch, Josh Wheeler and Robert Tomlinson serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Fellowship Church in Oak Ridge.
The Martins Funeral Home in Oak Ridge is in charge of the services in Oak Ridge.
The North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the local arrangements.
The memorial book may be viewed and signed at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.