KINSTON - Jack Dempsey Taylor, age 86, of 507 Laroque Avenue, died peacefully on May 4, 2013. He was born in Kinston on May 4, 1927, to Samuel Roland Taylor and Blanche Virginia Taylor. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served active combat during the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (World War II), surviving enemy airstrikes to his ship on two occasions. He also served his country during the Korean War. He was one of those of the "Greatest Generation" of Americans ever produced. He spent the remainder of his career working for the State of N.C. in the Criminal Justice Division for 30 years until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 29 years, Gaynell Kennedy Taylor; two brothers, Roland Earl Taylor and Robert Lee Taylor; and his sister, Ruby Faye Taylor. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Fred Ingram and wife Denise, of Greenville; daughter Sylvia Kennedy and husband Jeff, of Chinquapin; grandchildren Amy Lynn Beach, Chad Mobley, Felicia Cooper, and Nicole Ingram; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Kendra Cooper; his brothers, Blucher Taylor, MD and wife Frances, of Winston-Salem and Daniel Taylor, Esq. and wife Rebecca, of Troutman; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive family and friends at Garner Funeral Home on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. preceding a memorial service at 2 p.m. A private interment will be held in Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Down Syndrome Society at ndss.org or mailed to 666 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10012. Online condolences may be sent to garner-funeralhome.com. Arrangements are by Garner Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com (Paid obituary)
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Garner Funeral Home - Kinston
209 West Peyton Ave. Kinston, NC 28501
Published in Free Press from May 9 to May 12, 2013