Born-11-16-1917 - Died 8-14-2005
Funeral services for Millard Lloyd Taylor, 87, of Mammoth Spring, were held Aug. 19 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Rev. Wayne Hurst officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
He was born the son of the late John Taylor and Lottie Stinnett Taylor on Nov. 16, 1917, in Mammoth Spring and departed this life Aug. 14, 2005, in Salem, Ark. at the age of 87 years.
He was united in marriage Aug. 1, 1938, in Hardy, Ark., to Ollie May Ivey. He was united in marriage in 1979 in Mammoth Spring to Loretta Kopp Whiteside.
He is survived by his wife Loretta of the home in Mammoth Spring; two sons, Jerry Taylor of Thayer, and Lloyd Taylor of Lansing, Mich.; two stepchildren, Charles Whiteside and Luetta Mask, both of Mammoth Spring; two grandsons Roger Ray Taylor, and Mark Allen Taylor of Kansas City; three great-grandchildren, Mason, Alexa and Delvin; six stepgrandchildren, Wesley Whiteside, Ann Whiteside, Candy Johnson, Don Bodie, Anthony Mask and Paige Mask; one sister, Georgia Imogene Gibson of Topeka, Kan.; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Morris and Huey Taylor; and two sisters, Elsie Horn and Madaline Craft.
Taylor saw lots of action while defending his country during World War II. He served with the 162nd Army Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division. He was a sniper and intelligence scout while serving in the Phillipines and arrived in Japan just after the atomic bomb was droppd. He went through Hiroshima to the mountains to clean out pockets of resistance and weapon caches. He was an expert marksman with numerous weapons. For his service he received many medals including, the Good Conduct, Occupation of Japan, National Defense, the South West Pacific Defense, the Phillipine Liberation Medal and the Victory Ribbon.
After servoce he went to school on the G. I. bill and became a carpenter.
He was of the Cherokee decent. His great grandmother, Jeanette Stroud, was a full-blood Cherokee and was on the Trail of Tears.
He was of the Baptist faith, a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend.
Burial is in Thayer Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.