Gerald Taliaferro Tally ROPESVILLE-Gerald (Jerry) Lloyd Taliaferro Tally, age 77, also known as J.T. in Borden County, passed away Dec. 18, 2016, at his home on the Sam Davenport Ranch in Gail, Texas. He had worked for Sam Davenport for the last 19 years, doing various jobs and taking care of all the animals on the ranch. Jerry was born in Lubbock on April 5, 1939, to Lloyd Mason and Mary Lucille Routh Taliaferro of Abernathy and lived there until 1940. They moved and lived in Plainview until 1942, when they moved to Del Rio where his dad was working for the U.S. Immigration Service as a Border Patrolman. They also lived in Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, and then moved back to Del Rio in 1944. On May 17, 1946, his mother died, and his grandparents, Ben and Emma Taliaferro, moved from Hale Center, to Del Rio to help raise him. In 1951, Jerry and his dad, moved to Brownsville and in 1953, they moved to San Antonio where they lived during Jerry's teen years. He attended Edison High School in San Antonio and also attended San Antonio College. Jerry served in the U.S. Marine Corps from March 6, 1957, until April 20, 1960, as an Aviation Ordnance man. He was stationed several places in the U.S. and at Guantanamo, Cuba, while in the Marine Corp. He then entered the U.S. Navy on Aug. 25, 1964, and was discharged on Nov. 15, 1967, as a Gunners Mate 3rd Class. He served aboard the USS Richard E. Kraus in several countries, including Vietnam. Jerry loved history. He could talk for hours about the Civil War and World War II. He loved all of Texas History. He recently had written an article about a Borden County cowboy named Vinegar Jack. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lucille Taliaferro; dad, Lloyd Mason on June 26, 1991; baby brother, Kenneth Ray Taliaferro on June 12, 1941; grandfather, Benjamin Mason Taliaferro on Feb. 12, 1981; grandmother, Emma Amelia Glenn Taliaferro on May 9, 1980; and aunt, Bonnie Fay Taliaferro Sosebee, on April 23, 2004. Memorial services for him will be held at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Nazarene Church in Ropesville. Jerry will be buried beside his mother in West Lawn Cemetery in Del Rio, Texas, at later date. He is survived by his Sosebee cousins and their families, Patsy Smith, Kaye Wylie, and Sue Coker all of Ropesville; Troyce Sosebee of Abilene; Linda Burns of Cross Plains; and special friends, Sam Davenport of Gail, Texas, Jim Reed, and Eva Aguirre.
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