James “Jimmy” Taylor, 94, of Big Spring, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in San Angelo. The family will receive friends from 6pm-8pm, Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with interment at Trinity Memorial Park.
Jimmy was born April 9, 1928 in Blevins, Arkansas to James Brice Taylor and Alta Mae (Perry) Taylor. His family moved to west Texas when he was one year old. He graduated from Monahans High School in 1944 and from Texas A&M College in 1948. Upon graduating from A&M, he joined the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and served as Assistant County Agent in Young County. He was later transferred to Pecos, Texas as County Agent for Reeves County. After serving two years in the Army, he rejoined the Agricultural Extension Service as County Agent for Howard County in Big Spring.
Jimmy began his banking career in 1961, when he joined the First National Bank in Big Spring as an Agriculture Representative. He was shortly promoted from Loan Officer to President, Chairman and CEO, and served in those capacities until 1996 when the bank sold to NorWest Corp, retiring after the transition. He later served as Chairman of the Board for the State National Bank of West Texas, Big Spring Banking Center and Lone Star State Bank.
Jimmy actively served the community on the boards of the Big Spring Independent School District and Howard College, CRMWD, as well as most major organizations in Big Spring. He was past president of the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Industrial Foundation, YMCA, and Dora Roberts Rehab Center. He was named Man of the Year by the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce. He was also active in the Lions Club and Rotary Club. In 1979, he was among six others to be named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the Texas County Agriculture Association.
In addition to his banking career, he was actively involved in raising beef cattle and quarter horses, as well as, mentoring his daughter in the areas of horse shows, rodeos and the futurity and derby circuits along with her contemporaries. His greatest enjoyment was travelling to these competitions to watch his daughter compete in barrel racing on the horses they raised and trained.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of nearly 75 years, Mary Ann Taylor and one daughter, Kristi Anne.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made with www.npwelch.com
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