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Ben Hardy Taylor
1913 - August 8, 2011
Ben Taylor

Longtime Jackson Public Schools teacher Ben "Chief" Taylor passed away peacefully at his home in Bruceton, TN, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. He was 97 years old and died in the home where he was born.

Taylor, who was affectionately known as "Chief" by his students and colleagues, taught in the Jackson public school system for more than 30 years, first at Central High School and then for many years at Provine High School where he taught government and was the golf coach.

His wife Mildred Taylor, who preceded him in death, was a teacher at Enoch Junior High School in Jackson.Taylor retired in 1973 to return to Tennessee where he managed a meat business and farmed.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Christine Taylor of Nashville; two granddaughters, Alexandra Taylor of Los Angeles, CA, and Victoria Taylor of Chapel Hill, NC; and one sister, Dorothy Maggio of Sarasota, Fl.

Taylor had a thirst for knowledge and an ability to make friends all his life and will be sorely missed by many. The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Bruceton Funeral Home.

Published in Clarion Ledger on August 12, 2011