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John Ray Taylor met his Savior face-to-face on the morning of August 24th, 2022 at the age of 84.
John Ray was born September 18th, 1937 in Oden, Arkansas to Oscar Ray and Mary Lue (Kelley) Taylor. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Sa... Read More
John Ray Taylor met his Savior face-to-face on the morning of August 24th, 2022 at the age of 84.
John Ray was born September 18th, 1937 in Oden, Arkansas to Oscar Ray and Mary Lue (Kelley) Taylor. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 12. He surrendered to the ministry shortly thereafter, and eventually earned a bachelor’s of Theology from Liberty Bible College. Throughout his life, he served at several churches in the Pine Bluff area, ministering to others as pastor, Sunday-school teacher, and encourager. He gave freely of himself to his Heavenly Father, his family, and many others.
He graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1955, before meeting and marrying his love, Geneva Christine Goodin, with whom he shared four beloved children. He served in the United States Air Force as Airman 2nd Class (1956-1960), and worked in various fields before retiring from Watson Chapel School District as a maintenance technician.
John Ray is loved and remembered by many. He is survived by his children, Karen Staats, Christy Greenlee and husband Gary, Kevin Taylor and wife Janet, and Carla Parker-Staggs and husband David; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and siblings Ruby Hathcoat, James Taylor, and Oscar Taylor Jr. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, his brother Thomas Taylor, and son-in-law Tommy (TJ) Parker Jr.
Although we are deeply saddened by the passing of this extraordinary man, we are comforted by the knowledge that we sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 29, 2022 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son. Visitation will be Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Robinson’s. Interment will follow the service in Memorial Park Cemetery.
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