Thomas (Tom) Glenn Taylor passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at The Oaks on Parkwood in Bessemer Alabama. He was 97 years of age. Tom was proceeded in death by his wife, Jacqueline Faith Taylor in 2011 and their youngest daughter, Michelle Suzette Taylor in 2010.

Born in Steubenville Ohio, on July 20, 1923, he grew up surrounded by a large family with many relatives and friends. Tom spent twenty-seven years and six months in military service with the United States Air Force. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined up and trained as a navigator/ bombardier. After the war, Tom returned to Steubenville, Ohio and worked for Ohio Bell. In May 1951, he was recalled to active duty in the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant at Roswell Air Force Base, New Mexico. He established Nacogdoches, Texas as his home of record with the Air Force until his retirement. As his career advanced, the family started to grow, and new assignments meant new bases and new locations.Because of the many assignments, the family traveled and explored much of the United States.They also spent over two years at Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands.Tom finally culminated his long military career with retirement in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel while stationed at Westover Air Base in Massachusetts.He was a highly decorated veteran.His decorations included: the World War II Victory Metal, the National Defense Service Metal with one Bronze Star, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the ACM, the AFOUA with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the AFLSA with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the NGD and the AFCM. While in the Air Force, Tom earned a Masters’ Degree from Boston College.

Tom is survived by three children: Thomas Glenn Taylor II, spouse Marcia; Deborah Suzanne Perry, spouse Randy; and Cheryl Ann Herbster, spouse Ron; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. This made for large, noisy family reunions that Tom dearly loved.

Very often seen in a bolo tie, cowboy boots and hat, Tom always thought he was a Texan and kept ties to Nacogdoches and used Texas plates on all vehicles wherever he was stationed. Many relatives referred to Tom as the “General”. He did have a “four-star” banana pudding recipe that included chocolate chip cookies instead of the usual vanilla wafers.It was much loved at church potlucks!

A memorial service for Tom will take place at Rocky Mount UMC in Jemison.In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.

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