"B. H." Barksdale Holmes Taylor, Jr.

  • Born: July 4, 1949
  • Died: March 5, 2016
  • Location: Bald Knob, Arkansas

Powell Funeral Home

2602 W. Beebe Capps Expy
Searcy, AR 72143

Tel. (501) 268-7220

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barksdale Holmes (B. H.) Taylor, Jr., 66, of Bald Knob passed away on March 5, 2016, from respiratory complications related to cancer. B. H. was born on July 4, 1949, in Harrisburg, Arkansas, to Barksdale H. (Bart) Taylor, Sr., and Earlene Cobble Taylor. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Connie S. Jones Taylor; one son, Bart Taylor III (Jennifer); one daughter, Jennifer Massey (Shawn); three grandchildren, Taylor Massey, Jackson Massey, and Hudson Taylor; and his parents, Bart and Earlene Taylor. He is also survived by his brother, Michael (Cynthia); four nieces, Jacqueline Cox (Joseph), Andrea Mason (Shawn), Lindsey Haagenson (Chris), and Hannah Jones (Abdullah); and many extended family members and friends.
B. H. graduated from Bald Knob High School in 1967 and was valedictorian. He was drafted into the army and was an infantryman from 1969 to 1971. He served in the Vietnam War before and during the Parrot's Beak Operation in 1970 in Cambodia. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.
Following his service in the army, he returned to college, earning a Master's Degree in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He attended Russell Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a longtime member. B. H. was a lifelong farmer, having grown up on the family farm near Russell. He and his brother, Michael, farmed side by side, along with their parents, for 39 years. They raised mainly rice, soybeans, and wheat.
A memorial service will be held March 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Searcy, Arkansas. Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Unity Health Foundation at 1200 South Main Street, Searcy, Arkansas 72143.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Connie, Bart, Jennifer, Michael, Cynthia, Jacqueline, Andrea, and all the family...Bill and I are so sorry for your tremendous loss. BH was such a fine man and you are all such good people, and special to us and many others. Our prayers are for your strength and comfort during this hard time and the days ahead.

Posted by Margaret Davis - Concord, AR - Friend   March 13, 2016

I want to send my condolences to your family. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew the Taylor family from school and growing up in Bald Knob and loved Earline and the whole family. May God comfort you and love on your during this challenging time.

Posted by Judy Brooks - Dallas, TX - Acquaintance   March 12, 2016

Connie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Sheila Wood - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 11, 2016


I am so sorry for your loss. Know that many prayers are being said to help you though this time.

Posted by Dianna Jourdan - Fort Smith, AR   March 10, 2016


Our thoughts and prayers for Taylor family. Andy & Denise Caldwell

Posted by Denise CALDWELL - LITTLE ROCK, AR   March 10, 2016


To Connie and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your very special loved one. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. BH is no longer suffering and is resting in the bosom of our Lord, that you can rest assure.
May God bless you and your family with peace and comfort, I pray.

Posted by Teresa Dale - Coworker   March 10, 2016

May God be with the wonderful Taylor family at this sad time of BH's homecoming to his Heavenly Father's home. Many memories flow through my mind as I think of the years we shared good times together. Calvin sent his love and prayers. Such a loss for us and a gain for heaven. God bless and be with you all. All my love and prayers. Danna Corbitt

Posted by Danna Corbitt - Searcy, AR   March 10, 2016

Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Sending hugs across the miles.

Posted by Robbie Pettit - Friendswood, TX   March 09, 2016

Connie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Posted by Sue Huskey - Beebe   March 09, 2016

My heart is breaking today.Was always good to Bill and I.Love prayers to Bark Earlene Mike and family

Posted by Aunt Geraldine Weed - Sterling - Family   March 09, 2016

Connie, I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and carry you through this sorrow.

Posted by Debbie Collie - Newport, AR - Coworker   March 09, 2016

Oh Connie and Kids, my words cannon help with your loss, but just remember we are here for your. God be with you.

Posted by Judy & David - Russell, AR - Friend   March 09, 2016

Worked for this man on his farm in my younger days wonderful man was an honor to have know him may God wrap his loving arms around your family

Posted by Bud sellers - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 09, 2016


It is still hard to believe he gone he always had a smile on his face.

Posted by Renee Weed - Family   March 08, 2016

My love and Prayers are with the entire Taylor family.

Posted by Judy Hook (Douglas) - Elkhart, IN - Friend   March 08, 2016

I met BH in fall of our 7th grade year when the "Russell" kids came to Bald Knob Junior High. My memories are full of a truly nice guy, and friend to all. We had all our classes together until graduation and I can't remember him ever being angry, or ugly to anyone and trust me I can remember some others of our classmates that were. BH was one of those nice people. I haven't spent very much time with the adult but I'm pleased to count the boy as my friend! I'm so sorry his days were cut short and know he will be greatly missed by his family.

Posted by Janette Caplener Martin - Stuttgart, AR - Friend   March 08, 2016

Connie, Jennifer, and Bart:
It is very difficult for me to write this note. I know you are in a sense of disbelief and I am as well. I can remember instances just after Mike was born and I was about 5 or 6 and playing at Bart and Earline's house with BH. We were involved with scouting for a number of years and I remember some of the campouts and sleeping in water. In High School many mornings I would walk to Bart's house and catch the bus with BH. I lost track of the time BH spent in Vietnam.. He was such a good friend to Don and Don spoke of him all the time.
So sorry and I can only share a small portion of the grief you have. God bless you and I will continue to pray for all of you. Kieth Williams

Posted by Kieth Willams - Beebe, AR - Friend   March 08, 2016


Taylor Family, so sorry about BH. We have so many wonderful memories of him when our families spent time together. We will never forget that smile he always seemed to have. Love and Prayers Donna, Al and Ashley

Posted by DONNA AND AL ROMPF - Family   March 08, 2016


BH was a very special cousin. We had a lot of good memories with him. Never forget our times going down to the creek on a hot summer day. Then going to Dog Patch with the family. We will miss him. We will keep Connie,Aunt Earlene,Uncle Bark, Mike and the rest of the Taylor family in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.

Posted by Bob and Karen Jury - Family   March 08, 2016

Was an honor for me to spent time with BH this summer during our 1st Cav reunion in Branson, Mo. We were with Charlie Company 1/8 Cav at the same time, we remembered moments of the time we shared even tho we never knew each other.
May Gods peace provide comfort for the family.
R.I.P. B H You will be missed, Cav brother

Posted by James (Jim) Tribble - Sherman, TX - Served in the Military together   March 08, 2016

Dear Mike and Cynthia, I was so sorry to hear that BH passed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know this is a difficult time for all of you. I may be in Florida now but I still have fond memories my friends and family in Bald Knob. Much Love, Valerie

Posted by Valerie Odom Brackman - DeBary, FL - Friend   March 08, 2016

Dear Connie and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss! Words are just not enough at a time like this, but God's comfort and strength are totally adequate. I pray God gives you all the peace and comfort necessary as you go through this most difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. With sincere sympathy, Ann Stapleton

Posted by Ann Stapleton - Newport, AR - Coworker   March 08, 2016


I remember BH from when we would visit the family on our yearly vacations to Arkansas. We always had fun with him, Michael, Uncle Bark and Aunt 'Lene. He was such a good man. No matter how long it was that we had not seen each other, it was very easy to be with him and be family. I will miss him. - BILLY

Posted by William P Weed - Berkeley, IL - Family   March 08, 2016

We are saddened to lose such a sweet friend.Our memories will always be of his smiles.Our prayers go out for his family.We love you.

Posted by JW&Carolyn Wright - Emmet, AR - Friend   March 08, 2016


BH was an awesome person and will be greatly missed!! He was the best cousin and had the most beautiful smile. He will be greatly missed!! Our deepest sympathies to Connie and family. Love you all so much!

Posted by Kelvin and Lori Weed - Sterling, IL - Family   March 08, 2016

My deepest sympathy to Connie and Bart and Jennifer and all of BH's family. I am a former co-worker as well as a friend of Connie. I am deeply sorry for your great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Posted by Joanne Rausch - Little Rock, AR - Friend   March 07, 2016

I graduated high school with B.H.in 1967. B.H. was and continued to be an all around good fellow. He always had a smile for everybody, and he was nice to everyone. B.H., we will miss you so very much! I feel honored to have known you in school, and to have visited with you at our class reunions. Praying for your family.....

Debbie Louks Mount

Posted by Debbie Louks Mount - Jackson, LA - Friend   March 07, 2016

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Posted by William & Rhonda Misee - Memphis, TN   March 07, 2016

Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nadine and Jeanne Stevens - TN   March 07, 2016