James Arvle Taylor (1925 - 2018)

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James Arvle Taylor was born on Feb. 16, 1925, in Cayuga, Texas, and went to heaven while lying in the arms of his loving wife of 71 years on Jan. 29, 2018, in Eagle River, Alaska.
He was raised in rural East Texas and served in the Navy aboard the USS Indiana in World War II. He worked at several jobs, but always had an interest in repairing cars and eventually had his own auto repair shop for 25 years in the Dallas, Texas, area. After retirement, he moved to Eagle River, in 1993, to be near his daughter, Linda. He joined Kings Way Ministry Center in Eagle River and became a long time Board Member. He had a beautiful bass voice and introduced the congregation to Southern Gospel Music when he formed the James Taylor Quartet.
He was a caring and loving man and many of his friends looked upon him as their "adopted" brother, dad or grandpa. He worked at the church for many years and the children in the church school treasured him and looked up to him.
He loved RVing and traveled throughout the Lower 48 and Alaska. He would play Mexican Train anytime and was widely known for his delicious barbeque hamburgers.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Taylor; daughters, Carolyn (Larry) Hudson and Linda (George) Drummond; grandson, Brent (Brandace) Hudson; and great-grandchildren, Sarah Werbner and Cole Hudson.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 4 p.m., at Kings Way Ministry Center, 10336 East Eagle River Loop Road in Eagle River. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Music Ministry at Kings Way or .
The family wishes to thank the caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care for their loving care of him.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 4, 2018
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