James “Jimmy” Robert Taylor, 45, of Manchester died Sunday, Sept. 18, while at home with family and friends.
His death comes as the result of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He fought the good fight for almost two years since the initial diagnosis and kept his faith until the end. Throughout it all, Jimmy’s smile never wavered, nor did his love for his family, friends, special Alive Hospice caregivers. He always had a big smile for everyone he met and Jimmy loved to talk with folks about his special interests of family/friends, Professional Bull Rodeo (PBR) events, professional wrestling, fishing, and bird watching.
He is survived by his loving wife, Connie of Manchester; son, Dustin of Knoxville; parents, James and Yvonne Taylor of Tullahoma; brother, David Taylor and wife Kristi of Jacksonville, Fla.; loving sister-in-law and caregiver, Brenda Watson of Manchester; special uncle, Larry Taylor and aunt, Vickie Parton of Soddy Daisy; uncle, Howard (Jr.) Prater and special aunt, Mae Prater of Centertown; aunts, Barbara Gaddis and Diane Ball, Chattanooga; nephews, Zachary and Jacob Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla.; several cousins; special loving friends, Penny Barnes, Sherry Hensley, and Mark Rigney of Tullahoma; Paul Cunningham of McMinnville; Brian Harden of Manchester; and others who lovingly lent a hand to both Connie and Jimmy during this last year.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today in Central Funeral Home Chapel in Manchester with Rev. Mark Ashley of Tullahoma First United Methodist officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time today. Interment will be at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association/ALS in Jimmy’s name at 3354 Perimeter Hill Drive, Suite 145, Nashville, TN 37211.
Central Funeral Home of Manchester is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 21, 2011