James “Jim” Murphy Taylor, 86, went to be with the Lord on Saturday October 16th, 2021. He was born on February 11th, 1935 in Boynton Georgia. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents Fred C. Taylor and Mattie Pauline Taylor.
Jim spent his high school years in Rossville Georgia then joined the United States Airforce at 17 years of age in July of 1952 where he served proudly until July of 1960. After leaving active duty he worked various jobs including the pipeline and furniture sales in the mid-west, Virginia and Texas in order to support his family. In 1976 he moved his family to the DFW area where he began to work in customer service and billing with Yellow Freight from which he retired in 2001. While working full time he also entered Arlington Baptist Seminary where he earned a Degree in Theology in 1980. Jim was very active `in the Boy Scouts of America and received the George Meany Award for his service to youth as a volunteer leader.
Jim was a valued volunteer member of the Arlington Police Department’s Victim Assistance unit as well as Citizens on Patrol unit after his retirement. In addition, he was actively involved in the Community Emergency Response Team. He was well known at both City on a Hill and Crossroads Christian Churches as one who was eager to serve among his fellow church members.
Jim was an award-winning chili cook who spent many years competing in the CASI circle, earning a large number of trophies but most importantly he gathered a wealth of friends from all over the country.
Jim had a full life but most of all he was a grateful man who loved Jesus, his family and his country. He is survived by his sister Ruby Glick of Georgia, children Sheryl Taylor, Melanie and Trey Hardy, James “JT” Taylor, Jennifer and Kevin Dobbs, John Taylor and Jessica Alvarado, and Bradley Taylor, along with the love of his life, Helen Taylor. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many extended family as well as his dear friends at Mountain Creek Retirement Community in Grand Prairie.
There will be a Celebration of Jim’s life open to all of Jim’s friends at 11 AM on November 8th at City on a Hill Church, 1140 Morrison Drive, Fort Worth, Texas. Following there will be a private ceremony at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
In closing, everyone who knew Jim knew that he never met a stranger and was on a life-long mission to brighten the day of another human being. He did that in many ways such as a silly joke, a compliment, a piece of wrapped candy, a bottle of Cholula, his “pennies from heaven” and so many other random tokens he gave to let others know that they were loved. In lieu of flowers the family requests that Jim be honored by paying it forward in a way that reminds you of Jim. If you would like to give flowers, give them from Jim to someone, known or unknown to you, and tell them he said to enjoy their day.