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Deputy Sheriff James E. Taylor

Towns County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, September 11, 1981

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James E. Taylor

In somber reflection on the life and sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff James E. Taylor, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty, our hearts are heavy with grief for the void left in the wake of his departure. Deputy Sheriff Taylor's service is a profound testament to his unwavering commitment to safeguarding our community, and his sacrifice underscores the challenges faced by those who dedicate their lives to public safety.

Beyond the uniform and badge, Deputy Sheriff Taylor was a beloved husband and father, survived by his devoted wife and three children. The impact of his loss reverberates not only within the law enforcement community but also within the cherished sanctuary of his family. In this difficult time, it is incumbent upon us to extend our collective support to his loved ones, acknowledging and honoring the sacrifices they, too, have made for the greater good.

Deputy Sheriff Taylor's legacy extends beyond the duties of his profession; it is a legacy of love, courage, and service. His dedication to maintaining law and order in our community will be remembered, but so too will his role as a loving partner and parent, enriching the lives of those closest to him.

As we mourn the passing of Deputy Sheriff James E. Taylor, let us not only commemorate the brave officer who made the ultimate sacrifice but also celebrate the family man whose impact reached far beyond the precinct. In paying tribute to his memory, let us ensure that his grieving family finds solace and support within the embrace of a grateful community.

Deputy Sheriff Taylor's name is now eternally linked with the ranks of those who gave their all in service to their community. May his legacy serve as a reminder of the bravery required of those who choose a life of public service, and may his family find strength in the enduring gratitude of a community that recognizes and honors his selfless contributions.

Michael Bomar

November 15, 2023

Very sad! He was my cousin

Ricky Taylor

December 13, 2020

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Taylor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 28, 2020

After all of these years I still miss you. Love you and always thinking about you.

Pamela Walls

September 11, 2018

We will never forget. Always wonder how diffrent our family would have been with you here. You were fun and kept us close.

Niece Robin McLendon

September 11, 2017

It's hard to face another Christmas without you, but I know spending it with Jesus must be awesome! Love you always

Pamela Taylor

December 22, 2016

Dad, It's hard to believe it's been 35 years since you left us, unexpectedly. I'm so glad that I got to spend 12 years of my life knowing an awesome man, that I called Dad. You are always in my heart and wil remain there forever.
With all my love,

Pamela Taylor

September 11, 2016

Thinking of you today. We all still miss you.


September 11, 2015

I will never forget,
Love you forever

Pamela Taylor

September 11, 2015

Just thinking of you today. Miss you always.

Robin McLendon

May 19, 2015

This week I pause and reflect on you, my hero, as we celebrate National Police Week.
You are still missed and loved every day.

Pamela Taylor

May 12, 2015


The hurt of your death never goes away..

Love you always and I will see you again.

Pamela Taylor (daughter)

January 27, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 5, 2013

As this week is the National Law Enforcement Memorial week, I honor you and miss you every day of the week
of every year.
I keep you in my heart at all times.
Love always,

Pamela (Taylor) Owens

May 16, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Taylor. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

I cant believe its been 30 years since you left us. I know Granny is not sad today like she was for so many years since she is with you now. We still talk about you and tell stories about you. We will never forgot you and will love you always. I have had the chance to spend time with Pam and Aunt Glenda since granny died and I cherish them and the time we spend together. We know we will see you all again someday and until then we will cherish you and the memories always.

Robin McLendon

September 11, 2011

Uncle James,
Your precious mom left to be with you and Uncle Noel and Pawpaw today. I know yall welcomed her with open arms. We here will miss her everyday but know we will all be together again someday.

She was a sweet granny to me and she never stopped missing you and Uncle Noel and Pawpaw.

Until we are together again,

Robin Taylor McLendon

June 2, 2011

I'm grateful for your service, Sir, and the sacrifice, love and example of your family and your department.


July 31, 2010

Has been to long! Anyway I was amazed to learn that Mr Taylor lost his life on September 11. His immediate family, Glenda, Keith, Anthony, and of course Pamela were very good to me and will always be remembered in my daily thoughts and prayers! Best wishes Roger D. Head!

old fiiend

August 30, 2009

Thinking of you today. Your spirit lives on forver. I love to visit Hiawasee. I can always feel yours and Noel (Jellys) presence there.

Robin McLendon

May 19, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 27, 2007

Over 26 years have passed since tragic death. I thank you for your bravery , service and sacrifice. May your family take comfort in knowing you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero! Until one day in Heaven we meet, keep walking a beat on the Golden Street.

DET SGT, Retired

August 9, 2007

and Deputy Taylor said,

This is my shield, I bear it before me into battle, but it is not mine alone. It protects my brother on my left. It protects my county. I will never let my brother out of it's shadow nor my county out of it's shelder. I will die with my shield before me facing the enemy.

Remember those who have gone before us, because no one dies unless they are forgotten. Deputy Taylor, you did not lose your life, you gave it in service to the citizens of Towns County and the state of Georgia. A TRUE HERO

Detective E. B. Smith
Red Springs Police Department,N.C.

March 10, 2007

Dear Dad,
I can't believe so much time has passed since you have been gone. I know that you have a new body now and are not suffering, as you are with Jesus. I am so thankful for the 12 years that I got to spend with you. You were my hero. I look forward to seeing you again someday. I know that you died doing what you loved to do and you did make a difference in the communtiy.
Love and miss you,

Pamela Owens

September 19, 2006

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