TAYLOR, J. Walden
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J. Walden Taylor, 89, of Powder Springs, died Sunday, April 21, 2013. Funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Powder Springs with Rev. Alan Davis officiating. Interment will be in Powder Springs Memorial Gardens in Powder Springs. Mr. Taylor was born July 16, 1923 in McKenzie, TN, to parents Mary Bessie Hodge and Silas Carter Taylor. His early years were spent in McKenzie and Gleason, TN, but moved to Memphis and graduated from Tech High in 1941. He was employed by Fisher Memphis Aircraft until his induction into the armed services during WWII, and afterward married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Brickley. He served in the South Pacific flying on some 50 missions for which he was awarded the Air Medal. After the war, he and Barbara moved to Atlanta where he attended and graduated from Georgia Tech. He was employed for a year by American Enka in Asheville, NC, but returned to Atlanta to work for Lockheed in 1951 where he worked until his retirement in 1985. Then he became a full-time cattle farmer on his farm in Powder Springs. There was always a question as to whether he as an Engineer at Lockheed who farmed on the side or a farmer who engineered on the side. He did love his farm. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Barbara; daughter Melanie Sundquist and husband, Art; son Alan and wife, Sue; daughter Dr. Holly Ballantine and husband, Mark; grandson Dustin Esco and wife, Wanda, of Deer Park, WA, their six children, Alex, Sara, Daniel, Joseph, Erik, and Emma; granddaughter Jill Gamel and husband, TJ of Hiram, their children Alyssa, Faith, and Hope; Grandson Jay Sundquist of Hiram and children Wyatt and Brieanna; brother Scott Taylor of Memphis; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family will receive friends 4:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday. 770-943-1511. mayeswarddobbins.com

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