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Colonial Funeral Home

323 2Nd Street, Columbia, MS

OBITUARY

George Harry Taylor Sr.

June 6, 1942September 21, 2019
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George Harry Taylor, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2019, surrounded by a group of loved ones, at the age of 77. Harry was born in Columbia where he remained a lifelong resident and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Harry Taylor can be best described as an overcomer. A visionary, he was an entrepreneur and was the business owner of Harry Taylor Discount Building Materials in Columbia. Harry truly had a heart for others as is evident from the numerous accounts of family and friends who he helped during his time here on Earth. Harry will be remembered for his unending work ethic, a “can do it” attitude and contagious sense of humor. Many will miss Harry Taylor; but, all will remember the impact and impression he made on their lives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Fortenberry Nocenti; his wife, Barbara Buckley Taylor; and a son, George Harry Taylor, Jr. Harry leaves behind a daughter, Harriet Taylor Fortenberry and her husband, Johnny; a sister, Betty Burt Wagley; a grandson, Taylor Fortenberry and his fiancé, Olivia Ryals; and a nephew, Eric Champagne; and a host of other precious family members. There will be a visitation for Harry on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Colonial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10:00am on Monday, September 23, 2019 in the funeral home chapel officiated by Doctor Bryant Barnes. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Ruby Fortenberry Nocenti, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Buckley Taylor, Wife (deceased)
  • George Harry Taylor Jr., Son (deceased)
  • Harriet Fortenberry, Daughter
  • Betty Burt Wagley, Sister
  • Taylor Fortenberry, Grandson
  • Eric Champagne, Nephew

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 23, 2019

Memories

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Troy DeBill (Soukey)

October 4, 2019

I have memories of Cousin Harry from my childhood visits to Mississippi! He would sneak me endless peppermints when my parents weren't looking, and I'll never forget the big Easter supper we had at Aunt Ruby's house when I was about 6 years old.

Over the years, I have heard countless stories from my dad (Nelson Soukey) about their childhood antics when my dad would visit from New York as a kid. My dad has a very special place in his heart for Harry and his family.

Harry was kind and hilarious, and although he is gone, his memory and his legacy will live on in the stories my family has heard for decades.

Lisa Ashley

September 23, 2019

Harriet, My parents, Harry and Judy Morgan wanted me to send our families deepest condolences to you and your family. Upon hearing that Mr. Harry had passed, Daddy was saddened because he considered him a very good friend. My dad had a stroke in January and stayed in the hospital for 5 months. He’s home and doing much better....we expect complete healing. He had a lot of nice things to say about what an outstanding man of integrity your dad was. He would have came to the funeral if he had been able. May The Lord comfort you all in this time of grief. Thank God for the blessed hope.....you shall see him again and what a reunion it will be.

Your family is on our prayers,
Harry and Judy Morgan
Lisa Ashley - Jessica Ashley McNeese

Delores Ard

September 22, 2019

RIP Harry. He was such a kind man and the best boss every. He will be missed. My love and deepest sympathy is with you Harriet and Taylor.

Laura Sandifer

September 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss

Rhonda Stringer

September 21, 2019

Rest In Peace, Mr Harry! Condolences to your family. ♥️

Steven Webb

September 21, 2019

Rest in peace always, Mr. Harry!

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Biography

George Harry Taylor, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2019, surrounded by a group of loved ones, at the age of 77. Harry was born in Columbia where he remained a lifelong resident and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Harry Taylor can be best described as an overcomer. A visionary, he was an entrepreneur and was the business owner of Harry Taylor Discount Building Materials in Columbia. Harry truly had a heart for others as is evident from the numerous accounts of family and friends who he helped during his time here on Earth. Harry will be remembered for his unending work ethic, a “can do it” attitude and contagious sense of humor. Many will miss Harry Taylor; but, all will remember the impact and impression he made on their lives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Fortenberry Nocenti; his wife, Barbara Buckley Taylor; and a son, George Harry Taylor, Jr. Harry leaves behind a daughter, Harriet Taylor Fortenberry and her husband, Johnny; a sister, Betty Burt Wagley; a grandson, Taylor Fortenberry and his fiancé, Olivia Ryals; and a nephew, Eric Champagne; and a host of other precious family members.