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A funeral service for Mary Lou Taylor, age 93, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Thursday, December 7, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Rev. Doug Wintermute will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Taylor passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Jacksonville.
Mary Lou was born November 16, 1924 in Dallas, Texas to O. C. and Bonnie Allen.
She was a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce since 1981. Her involvement includes Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2008 and was named 1997 Business Woman of the Year. Mary Lou was a past Executive and Board of Directors Member, Love's Lookout volunteer, and past Ambassador Club Chair. She also served on numerous committees with the Chamber, began the Business After Hours in 1995 for the Chamber, as well as receiving numerous awards due to her volunteer work at the Chamber.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband O.W. Taylor; brother, O.C. Allen, Jr.; sister, Bonnie Allen; son, Maurice Taylor and great-granddaughter, Jessica Taylor.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Wayne Taylor and wife Nita of Henderson; daughters, Virginia Williams and husband Samuel of Hideaway and Melissa McCormack of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law, Clarene Allen of Lafayette, CO. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Bob Weaver,
Joe Holland, Nathan Holland, Wesley Holland, Judson Dorsey, Walker White and Austin Mosier.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Pavletich, Jeff Smith, Charles Dickerson, Bruce Melenbacher, Randy Gorham and Mike Phillips.
Visitation will begin on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Mary Lou's family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Published on December 4, 2017
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