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MBC pastor Ben Taylor succumbs at 56

Rev. Ben H. Taylor, 56, of Monroe County, died Friday, December 27, 2013 after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Milner Baptist Church, where he served as pastor, with Dr. Ed Cliburn and the Reverend Franklin Gibson officiating. Funeral services will also be held at 2:00PM Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Macon with the Reverend Scott Dickison, Dr. Stanley Roberts, The Reverend Jody Long and the Reverend Julie Long officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cochran, Georgia. The family will greet friends Monday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Hart’s Mortuary, Cherry Street. The family may be contacted at the residence of Darenda Crowe, 930 Matthews Drive, Macon. Donations may be made to Milner Baptist Church, Annex Fund or Library Fund, 100 Pecan Drive, Milner, GA 30257. Pallbearers in Milner will be Freddie Buffington, Arthur Buffington, Elmer Ross, Sam Alford, Joe Bostwick Sr., Richard Hubbard, Keith Lassiter, Harold Reeves, William Thomas and Milton Odom. Pallbearers in Macon will be David B. Crowe, Dr. Otis L. Andrews, Mrs. Deigie Andrews, Todd Tolbert, Dr. J. Ray Grant, Dr. Priscilla G. Doster, Ms. Scarlet Hobbs, Romney Tucker, James Mosteller, Reg Smith, Jonathan Alderman, Dr. Robert Trammell, Thad Broome and Scott Edge. Rev. Taylor was privileged to serve First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon for 17 years and Milner Baptist Church for 8 ½ years. He loved the church and he loved its people. Rev. Taylor was born in Monroe, North Carolina where he graduated from Sun Valley High School. He then earned his associate’s degree from Central Piedmont Community College, bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Taylor was past president of ARC of Macon and a three term member of the Board of Public Education in Monroe County. He was Moderator for two terms of the Centennial Baptist Association as well as the Macon Baptist Association of Ministers. He was currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Rev. Taylor was a man of extraordinary goodness and extraordinary integrity with unusual kindness and compassion. He was a wonderful husband and father, and a great servant of God. Rev. Taylor is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dale Kingery Taylor of Monroe County; daughter, Mary Ben Taylor of Monroe County; brother, Richard Helms (Judy) of Monroe, NC; two sisters, Frances T. Austin (Jimmy) and Donna T. Williams (Mike), both of Monroe, NC; and his brother-in-law, Andrew J. Kingery Jr. (Joanne) of Evans, Georgia. Register online at Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements. This announcement has been a courtesy of Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville.

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