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img_9249Surrounded by her family, Shirley Louise Bronson Taylor left this world in peace for her new home in Heaven on April 24, 2016.
 
Shirley was the youngest of four daughters born to Bert and Rose Bronson of Bunker Hill, Kansas.  Her three sisters, Mary Lou, Doris, and Betty, along with Shirley and her parents moved from Kansas to Petal, Mississippi when the Great Depression made farming in Kansas an unreliable way to support the family.  Shirley’s father was a fine horseman, who had worked the fields with draft horses in Kansas, and continued to work with riding horses in Mississippi.  
 
Shirley attended high school in East Forrest, Mississippi, where she played cornet in the band, soloed in the Petal United Methodist Church choir, and was crowned Rodeo Queen on her horse, Punkin.  Her love for both music and horses turned into lifelong passions.  
 
Shirley attended Mississippi Southern College (now know as the University of Southern Mississippi), graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1958.  While there, she caught the eye of a handsome member of the football team, who found his way to the family farm, supposedly to look at a horse.  Shirley’s sister, Mary Lou, expressed suspicions that “it wasn’t a horse this young man was shoppin’ for,” which proved correct when Jim Taylor married Shirley in her home church in Petal, Mississippi in 1958. 
 
On their first anniversary, Shirley presented Jim with their first child, Russ. Ricky followed by surprise just 10 minutes later. Barely a year after that, Tammy arrived to round out their busy family.
 
With a move to San Antonio in 1963, Texas became Shirley’s home for the rest of her life.  The next year, Shirley and Jim moved to Seguin, where they established their beloved Taylor Acres.  In Seguin, Shirley taught girls’ Physical Education, obtained a real estate license, worked at Hexcel Corporation, and greatly enjoying working one day a week at the Seguin stockyards on sale day.  She poured her love for horses into helping her children learn to ride and show.  She was a committed parent in the Guadalupe County 4-H horse club until Ricky and Russ graduated high school, when she began her own amateur showing career.  These experiences created lifelong, cherished friendships in Seguin. 
 
Her boys remain active horsemen in Texas, while Tammy moved to New York City and Los Angeles, developing careers in both theater and culinary arts.  When Jim took up showing cutting horses, she became a big fan of the sport, making many good friends with her fellow “bleacher creatures” at cutting contests. Shirley also found time to be an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs, who are making her proud in the playoffs this season.
 
After 44 years in the country, Shirley and Jim decided to move to town, and they chose College Station, where Ricky and his wife Martha were living. There they joined the family of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, for whom they are thankful and by whom they are blessed.  They also loved getting to know Martha’s family. When Shirley’s health declined in the final years of her life, she was blessed to receive expert care, and the family is especially grateful for the kindness and love offered by Dee Blackmon and her wonderful staff at the Establishment and Grace House. 
 
Shirley leaves a legacy of love and Christian faith to Jim, her devoted husband of 58 years, and three children, Ricky, Russ and Tammy, along with several grand- and great-grandchildren, two surviving sisters and a host of relatives and friends. If it is possible to enter the Pearly Gates on horseback, we know she rode in singing.

erikErik Kristoffer Grout, 37, of College Station passed away peacefully Saturday April 18,2009. A Memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday May 12, 2009 at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station.

Erik was born in Lompoc, CA on April 5, 1972 to Ronald and Lis Grout. His early childhood was spent in Solvang, CA, Bergen, Norway, and Denmark. Later the family moved back to California followed by years in Houston and then College Station.

Erik graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. He was honorably discharged after proudly serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with most of his service as a Light Armored Vehicle crewman attached to Bravo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR). While attached to 1st LAR, Erik participated in joint UN humanitarian operations in Somalia and Rwanda. His awards include the Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, United Nations Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Erik also completed the Networking Technologies Program at SMU School of Engineering. In 2006, Erik graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston. Erik had a wonderful outgoing personality and he never met a stranger. He was a loving son and brother and adored uncle. He leaves behind many friends and will be remembered as a faithful and caring buddy.

His military service in Africa left lasting effects on his life and also the lives of his family. He faced the resulting complications bravely and we are proud of him in this struggle. Survivors include his parents Ronald and Lis Grout of College Station; sister and brother in law, Kirsten and Greg Ward of Austin and their young children Thomas and Jonathan, and extended family in Denmark and California. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to A&M United Methodist Church “Van Fund”. 417 University Dr. College Station, TX 77840

stan.jpg STANLEY KEITH TURNER

Stanley Keith Turner, 61, of Woodstock died November 6, 2007 after fighting pancreatic cancer since January. Stan was the son or Robert M. and Ouida N. Turner of Columbus, GA. He attended Baker High and Columbus Tech. Stan moved to Hampton, VA in 1967 and was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding. There he met and married his wife of 34 years, Linda. After moving to Marietta, Stan was employed by Ebasco/Ratheon/Washington Group for 29 years and was currently employed as a Project Manager for the City of Atlanta. Stan never met a stranger. He was known for his smile, laughter and generous spirit. He enjoyed NASCAR, riding his motorcycle and boating with friends at the lake. Everyone knew how he looked forward to his annual golf trip with his incredible “Pinehurst brothers”. Stan is survived by his father, wife, aunts, uncles and cousins. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Wellstar Community Hospice. Family will receive friends Friday, 3:00-4:00 p.m., with memorial service following at 4:00 p.m. at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory.