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David Bradley Taggart, "Brad" to all who knew him, went to be with the Lord on July 10, 2012. Son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend and adventurer, Brad too early leaves behind a loving family and comrades who already miss him and long for a day of reunion with him in the presence of the King of Kings.

Born February 26, 1991, Brad lived the first few years of his life in Jackson before his family moved to rural Madison County where he resided, on the banks of his favorite fishing hole, at the time of his death.

Brad was a follower of Christ and a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church of Madison. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a favored customer of technical cold weather gear manufacturers, as he spent winters outdoors in pursuit of ducks and geese. He never saw a swamp or marsh he didn't like, and with equal zeal plunged in the pre-morning darkness into waist deep water clad in chest waders or in open water in his duck boat. As a teen, Brad ranked third nationally in the U.S. Junior Olympics competition in archery, and on a lark at one preliminary archery competition, also entered the shotgun competition where he broke 13 of 15 clays shooting cold.

After graduation from Madison Central High School with honors, Brad enrolled at the University of Mississippi. He later took a break from his schooling to spend a semester on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill, where he worked in the Gulf marshes on a boat-based cleanup crew. Brad returned to Ole Miss for one semester after his work on the Coast, then transferred to Mississippi College in the summer of 2012, where he was enrolled at the time of his death.

Brad stood head and shoulders taller than most everyone in any room. At 6'7" tall, with a head of bushy brown hair atop his frame, Brad struck an imposing figure everywhere he went, though he was self-conscious about his height and did not like to bring attention to himself. But his zeal for life matched his over-sized body, and that zeal makes his homegoing all the harder for those who love him.

Brad's parents are Karen and Andy Taggart of Madison, and he is also survived by his brothers and sister in law, Drew and Rob, and Drew's wife Kata Ainsworth Taggart, all of whom now reside in Oxford. Brad is also missed and mourned by his paternal grandmother Jan Grantham and her husband Bud of Hurley, Mississippi, maternal grandmother Madeleine Bronson of Jacksonville, Florida, and the following uncles, aunts and first cousins: Barry and Kim Roberts and their children Lee, Madeleine and Will of Jacksonville; Jon and Lolita Taggart and their daughters Jaime, Sara and Allison, of Moss Point, Mississippi; Jimmy and Sharon Taggart of Moss Point and their daughter Samantha of Atlanta, Georgia; Randy and Vicki Bronson and their grown children Kelly (and husband Justin) Reed and Cody Bronson of Jacksonville; and Kenny and Kathy Bronson and their grown children Brett of Jacksonville, Nicole (and Rusty) Smith of Nashville, Tennessee, and Matt of Key West, Florida.

Visitation for the family will be in the Chapel at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison on Thursday, July 12, 2012, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. A worship service in celebration of Brad's life will be held in the Worship Center at Broadmoor Baptist Church on Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be considered in Brad's honor made to the General Fund of Mississippi College, 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056, or the Mississippi Baptist Health Foundation, 1225 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39202.


Published in Clarion Ledger on July 12, 2012
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