March 20, 1925 - July 10, 2018
(J.W.) James W. Taylor went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He was born March 20, 1925 in Grenada, Mississippi to Rufus and Viola Taylor and grew up in Hazlehurst, Miss.
J.W. was inducted into the U.S. Navy August 18, 1943 and served as Quartermaster First Class before getting an honorable discharge in 1946. While in the Navy, he served in the European, African, Mid-Eastern, and the Asiatic Pacific Theaters. He served on the following vessels/stations: RS NS New Orleans, LA; NTS Bainbridge, MD; LCT (5) Flot #2; LST 561 (LCT) (6) 744; LCT Flot #20; TADCEN Camp Elliott San Diego, CA; and the USS Cormorant.
J.W. married Lynn Sauls June 26, 1947 in McComb, Miss. They moved to Oregon in 1948, first living in Ashland before later settling in Medford in 1957. J.W. moved to Salem in 2015 where he remained until his death.
He enjoyed bird watching and traveling. There was nothing J.W. couldn't do; he enjoyed technology and built several computers throughout the years. He also founded J.W. Taylor Logging Company with his wife.
He was preceded in death in 2012 by his wife, Lynn. Survivors include three children, G. Lynn Hales of Tallahassee, Fla., Jim (Amy) Taylor Jr. of Medford, Ore., and Sharon (Darrell) Berning of Salem, Ore. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Michael, Steven, Lindsey, Tiffany, Stephanie, and Lauren. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and a brother, Joe Murray.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. July 19, 2018 at Perl Funeral Home, Medford. Services will follow at 10 a.m. at Perl Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Siskiyou Memorial Park. Arrangements made by Perl Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Willamette Valley Hospice and Salem Hospital for their care of J.W. Memorial contributions may be made to the V.A. or Willamette Valley Hospice.