Ray D. Taylor, 84, of Cave City died Feb. 27, 2003, at Cave City Nursing Home.
Born Dec. 30, 1919, at Shelbyville, Ark., he was the son of Grover D. and Lucy Ellen Gist Taylor. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Enterprise from April 1940 to May 1946, participating in almost every major carrier engagement during the first year of World War II. These engagements include Gilbert and Marshall Island Raid, Wake Island, Marcus Island, Battle of Midway, Occupation of Guadalcanal, Battle of Stewart Island, Battle of Santa Cruz and the Battle of Solomon Islands. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1947 to 1950. He retired from Lockheed Aircraft in California. He was of the Nazarene Faith.
Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law -- Ruth Ann and John L. Ring, Patricia and Leo Offutt, all of Kokomo, Ind.; a brother, Grover Gene Taylor of Fairfield, Calif.; two nieces and their spouses -- Fredia and Lee Main, and Sandra and Lenard Samartino, all of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers -- Bill Taylor, Robert Taylor, Jim Taylor and Yancy C. "Dick" Taylor; and a sister, Lucille Battipaglia.
A memorial was March 3 at Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Grayden Milligan and the Rev. Alan Meinzer officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery east of Cave City.
Arrangements were under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.