Former Pine Bluff City Councilman, Mayor and State Legislator Jerry Wayne Taylor, 78, of Benton, Arkansas, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away March 19, 2016. Jerry had an incurable rare disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

Former Pine Bluff City Councilman, Mayor and State Legislator Jerry Wayne Taylor, 78, of Benton, Arkansas, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away March 19, 2016. Jerry had an incurable rare disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).


He was born October 9, 1937, at Rison, Arkansas to Jewell and Gertrude Taylor. Jerry was an


active member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church in Bryant, Arkansas. He loved and was loved


by his Sunday School class and his church friends.


Jerry graduated in 1955 from Rison High School. In 1961, he served in the United States Army.


Early in his career, he worked in heavy construction, working for several companies,


organizations and projects. These included the Arkansas Highway Department, International


Paper, Millwood Dam, Lock and Dams, and Highway 79 Bridge on the Arkansas River He was


also roving engineer on all 18 Titan II Missile Bases while at Midland Construction. In addition,


he owned Taylor Realty and Taylor Surveying Company in Pine Bluff.


Jerry was also involved in politics for 32 years. He found joy in serving others. He served as


Pine Bluff City Councilman for 12 years, Pine Bluff mayor for 8 years, Arkansas State


Representative for 4 years, and State Senator for 8 years where he was Assistant Pro Tempore.


He retired in December 2012, never having lost a race.


Jerry enjoyed many pastimes and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. After


retirement, he joined a fitness center where he and friends played chair volleyball, followed by


lunch together. Of all the blessings in Jerry and Linda’s life together, they treasure that of their


two children, their three grandchildren and their son in law, and the joy that all have accepted


Christ as their Savior.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, four year old Jewell Dean Taylor of Rison,


and Inez Greenlee (Franklin) of White Hall; brothers, James (Ida) Taylor of Rison and Wiley


(Celia) of Rison. Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Moore Taylor, his daughter,


Pam DePriest and her husband, Don DePriest of Morrilton, his son Kelly Taylor of White Hall:


and three grandchildren, Josh DePriest of Edwards, Colorado, Amber DePriest of Benton, and


Hanna Kelli Taylor of White Hall. Also surviving are his brothers, Bobby and wife Barbara


Taylor of Atlanta, TX, Ben and wife Cookie Taylor of White Hall, Tom and wife Janice Taylor of


Benton, also one sister, Betty Pinckard and husband Ellis of Pine Bluff, as well as many nieces


and nephews and friends are left to mourn his loss.


Officiating the service will be Bro Bennie Grant. Pallbearers are Tommy Taylor, Scott Pinckard,


Corey Taylor, Paul Taylor, Robert MItchell, Wes Russell, Frank Wilson, Floyd Keene, Tom


Bradford, Charlie Cole, Jim Hill and Travis Creed.


Funeral services will be provided by Ralph Robinson and Son. Visitation will be Tuesday,


March 22, 2016 at 12:30p.m. at Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane, Pine Bluff,


Arkansas with funeral following at 2:00p.m. Burial will be at Wilson Cemetery in Rison, AR