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Colonel Noble E. Taylor
   Colonel (Ret.) Noble E. Taylor, 93, resident of Columbus, Ga., died on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. Graveside services are scheduled at Woodlawn Cemetery, Grenada, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 12 p.m., with the Rev. James Nunelee officiating. The family will receive friends at Garner-Harper Funeral Home, 719 Main Street, Grenada, prior to the service from 10 a.m. til 12 pm.  
   Colonel Taylor was born Dec. 31, 1918, in Carroll County, Miss., to the late John W. Taylor and Mattie Haley Taylor of Grenada.  He graduated from Grenada High School and received a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Before entering the Army, he was employed by the US Engineers engaged in construction of Flood Control Dams/Reservoirs on tributaries of the Mississippi River.
   He served over 36 years in the Army, retiring from a distinguished career in 1975. Colonel Taylor served in WWII (Germany), the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. His awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal; American Defense Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Battle Star; World War II Victory Medal; Army Occupation Medal (Germany); Vietnam Campaign Medal; and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was a life member of the Military Officer Association of America and a member of the Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of that organization.  
   Colonel Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Jones Taylor; a daughter, Beth Taylor; a brother, Robert Earl Taylor; four sisters, Annie Francis T. Rasberry, Hilda T. Brewer, Vera T. Gordon, and Pauline T. Murphree. Survivors include three children, Michael E. Taylor (Laura) of Kailua, Hawaii, Beverly W. Taylor of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Kathryn “Kibby” E. Taylor of Phenix City, Ala.; his sister, Johnnie T. Barranco of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.  
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at www.acscan.org <http://www.acscan.org/> or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com <http://www.shcolumbus.com/> .   
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.



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