By Allan Imes
Editor’s note: Allan Imes was supposed to speak at Merritt Taylor’s funeral but was suffering from kidney stones on the day of the services. This is what he planned to say.
I still remember the first time I saw Merritt Taylor. It was August 1954 and I was reporting for a two week football camp coach Otis Weaver had started. Gordon had dropped college level football. Col. C.T.B. “Bud” Harris was hired as president of Gordon Military College and he wanted a football team. Weaver was hired as head coach. Coach Weaver went on a recruiting rampage that drew boys from all over the South to Barnesville.