Gerald Dewayne Taylor

September 19, 1957March 23, 2020

Gerald “Burt” Dewayne Taylor of Okolona was born September 19, 1957, and passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at the age of 62. He was the son of James Robert Taylor and Bessie Mae McMichael Taylor.

Burt was an avid sports fan and was astonishingly knowledgeable about each sport in which he had an interest. Nearest his heart was the unlimited hydroplanes that race at the Regatta in Madison, Indiana, where he attended annually until recent years. He was a member of several unlimited hydroplane groups where he was a respected contributor. Burt loved music-all kinds of music! And he was equally knowledgeable about the many forms of music to which he listened. He also had a gifted eye for photography and found beauty even in the simplest things.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his sister, Madge “Lisa” Elisa Duncan. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Cook Taylor, his sister Patricia “Theresa” Gail Taylor, and his brother Michael Owen Taylor (Marsha), 3 nieces and 3 nephews whom he loved, and 7 great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Cremation was chosen and Gerald’s family is holding private services. A memorial service to celebrate Gerald’s life will be held at a later date.


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Gerald Dewayne Taylor

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Theresa aka Taylor Hendrick

March 27, 2020

My eldest brother was a distant star
That I always loved and admired from afar
He instilled in me the love of music
His favorites became mine and there were many
Through the music he played I learned my love of dance
So many memories of him being the DJ before there were DJs
He’d spin the 45s and we would all clap and move
Excitement grew as he cranked up the speakers on the Wildcat Stereo
He knew all of the bands each member and song
Recorded them all to share and sing along
He was a statistician when it came to sports
And a die-hard fan of his chosen teams
He had a love of beer especially the High Life
And his music was his company through the years
Lots of friends that recognized his heart of gold
A life worth living and his resilience was tested often
He adapted and morphed into this world of ours
No whining or crying just pushing on hard
I hate his ending. It’s not what he deserved.
But my heart rejoices when I think of Mom & Dad and the reunion that they’ve had.
My sweet Sister too they were such kindred spirits.
I hope he knows how much I love him.
I guess that is always our hope and fear when a loved one leaves us
I toast you my sweet brother as my heart breaks some more
You left your mark on this world that never really deserved you and your sweet kind soul.
I’ll carry you with me always in the music of my life.

Brenda Cook

March 26, 2020

I remember the first day I met you. You were having a good time. I went up to you and told you mary liked you and wanted to dance. That was the beginning of something that lasted over 30! I am so glad you guys met. I will remember you forever Rest In Peace. Mary you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.