2004 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Weathersby

House Resolution 28

(As Adopted by House)


     WHEREAS, Mrs. Olive Bernice Conerly Taylor, born November 29, 1903, to Cullen William Conerly and Julia O. Coney Conerly in Conerly's Station, Pike County, Mississippi, recently celebrated the occasion of her 100th birthday; and

     WHEREAS, Mrs. Taylor attended a one-room schoolhouse at Barto, where she walked to and from school with her brothers, who sometimes carried her; and

     WHEREAS, when the trek to school became too tiresome, she would wait with her brothers for the train to come, which would stop, let them climb aboard the engine and ride the rest of the way to school; and

     WHEREAS, in 1914, the family moved to Clinton, Mississippi, and Mrs. Taylor graduated from Clinton High School in 1922 and  enrolled at Mississippi College; and

     WHEREAS, after approximately one month into her studies at Mississippi College, Mrs. Taylor transferred to Hillman College, finishing the two-year program in 1924; and

     WHEREAS, Mrs. Taylor was united in holy matrimony to Harvey Prentiss Taylor, Sr., on September 12, 1926, and to their union they were blessed with three children:  Catherine Elizabeth, Harvey Prentiss, Jr., and Cullen Conerly; and

     WHEREAS, living in the Monterey Community for seventy-five years, Mrs. Taylor has been a faithful member of Briar Hill Baptist Church, where she has always been active with the Royal Ambassador group; and

     WHEREAS, in addition to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she worked occasionally as needed at the Rankin County Courthouse as a clerk, filing papers, getting paperwork and paying jurors; and

     WHEREAS, Mrs. Taylor, whose longevity is attributable to her faith in God, enjoys the love, adoration and support of her daughter, Catherine Elizabeth, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives, friends and church family; and

     WHEREAS, it is the policy of this Legislature to recognize and commend such outstanding individuals as Mrs. Taylor, whose life has served as a beacon of hope, joy, inspiration and warmth to all who have enjoyed the privilege of meeting her:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Mrs. Olive Bernice Conerly Taylor on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Mrs. Taylor and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.