Mr. Howard Calvin Taggert, Jr., 92, of 696 Triplett Road, Cleveland, NC passed away at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville on Saturday, April 20, 2019, following an extended illness. Jack, as he was affectionately called, was born in Iredell County on February 9, 1927, and was the son of the late Howard Taggert, Sr. and Annie Goodman Taggert. He was married to Annie Mae Hargrove Taggert, who survives. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by nine siblings, Robert Taggert, Henry Taggert, William Taggert, Margaret Taggert, Marion Taggert Heaggans, Lucille Taggert Wilson, Bertha Taggert Carr, Rachael Taggert Davidson and Haldren Taggert Davidson.
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He was a graduate of Unity High School and served with the United States Army and was honorably discharged. He received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, the National Defense Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal; and received the rank of Sergeant. He retired from Troutman Industries as a Sewing Machine Machanic and also retired from L. B. Plastics. He was a faithful member of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church where he served on the Elder Board and the Deacon Board.
In addition to his wife, Annie H. Taggert of the home; he leaves to cherish the memory of his life two daughters, Kathy Taggert and Rita L. Taggert, both of Statesville; brothers-in-law, Cornelius (Eller Wease) Hargrove of Cooleemee and Ernest (Nellie) Hargrove of Mocksville; sisters-in-law, Ethel H. Trimiar of Mocksville, Alberta H. McEachern of Salisbury, Beaurene H. (William) Polk of Harrisbug and Sallie Marie Carr of Greensboro; a host of nieces and nephews, Ketto (Shelia) Davidson and LaBron Davidson, Cora Bell Knox, Mae Lois Poole, Annie Mae Davidson, Mildred (Jerry) Patterson, Haldren Clark, Furrell J. Davidson, Sharon (Michael) Cowan, Melinda (Dietrich) McDonald, John Marshall Heaggans, DeCarlo Wilson, Clyde Davidson, Jr. and Ruby Woods; and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted be conducted Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. Reverend Timothy Porter, Pastor, will officiate and burial will follow in the National Cemetery in Salisbury with Military Rites. Mr. Taggert will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 12:30 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times.
Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times. Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Taggert at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Taggert Family.