Tommy Leland Taylor, 81, died July 19, 2019, in Huntsville Hospital.

Mr. Taylor was born Jan. 16, 1938 to Morris and Juanita Taylor in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was married to the former Dian Nall for 61 years.

He was raised in Sheridan, Ark., and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1955.

He received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Henderson State, where he was honored in 2004 with the Henderson State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

He was a member of the 1959 Reddie Football AIC Championship Team. In 2016, the team was inducted into the Henderson Reddie Hall of Honor.

As an aerospace engineer with Marshall Space Flight Center, his career required him moving several times, including Houston, Texas, with the Apollo 11 Moon Mission. In 1969, he settled in Arab, where he raised his family. His career then led him to the U.S. Missile Defense in Huntsville, and with the Israeli Defense Department.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church. In previous years he served as a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church as well as being a Deacon.

He is survived by his wife: Dian Nall Taylor, daughters and sons-in-law: Tammy and Mike Allen, Pamela and David Brady; son and daughter-in-law: Tod and April Taylor; eight grandchildren and in-laws: Blake Brady, Taylor and Zach Stewart, Natalie and Juston Norman, Ross and Leslie Allen, Sara and Brandon Byars, Rebecca and Bradley Hinds, Rachel and Clay Camp and Alexandra Taylor; great-grandchildren, Jack Brady, Peyton, Maddox and Slade Stewart, Gunner, Gus and Gradi Norman, Luke and Emily-Ross Allen, Nate and Grant Byars, Carson, Harper and Hollis Hinds, and Dylan and Brooks Camp; sister and brother-in-law: Kati and Jerry Wilkerson; sister-in-law: Susan Nall Perry; and a host of loving nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his grandson: Luke Allen; and great-granddaughter: Bennett Byars.

The funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Arab First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Arab Memorial Cemetery with Arab HeritageMemorial Chapel assisting the family.

Pallbearers were his grandsons Blake Brady and Ross Allen and grandsons-in-law Juston Norman, Zach Stewart, Bradley Hinds, Brandon Byars and Clay Camp.

Memorials may be made to Arab First United Methodist Church (Building Fund), Arab First Baptist Centennial Challenge or Grant County Museum, 521 Shakelford Road, Sheridan, Ark. 72150.

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