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James Boude Baylor
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1933
Summers County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 2011
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Major General JAMES BOUDE BAYLOR, known to his friends and family as Jim, was born April 14, 1933, in Hinton, West Virginia, and died on July 26, 2011, at the age of 78, after a courageous fight against brain cancer. Jim was raised by his mother Mary Boude Baylor, and father William Glenn Baylor, in Huntington, West Virginia.

Jim was a very active Cub Scout, Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Huntington High School in 1951, he enrolled at Marshall University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Jim's college activities and accomplishments included: Company Commander in the ROTC Brigade, President of Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity; President of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity; Vice President, Secretary and Pledge Master for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; President of Inter-Fraternity Council; and Commander of Pershing Rifles.

After Marshall, Jim joined Valvoline Motor Oil, a subsidiary of Ashland Oil, Inc. Jim worked his way up through various positions: Sales Representative, Manager for Motor Oil and Lubricant Sales, Manager in Supply and Distribution, and Vice President of Operations. Throughout his years at Valvoline, Jim Baylor served as a Board Member on the American Petroleum Institute; liaison representative for the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association; Liaison representative for the National Lubrication Grease Institute; and a member of the National Petroleum Refiners Association. After 40 years, Jim retired from Valvoline in 1996 as a Senior Vice President.

As Jim developed his civilian career at Valvoline, he simultaneously built a military career starting in 1955, when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Branch of the ROTC program at Marshall University. Jim's progression through the military included: Executive Officer of the 321st Ordnance Battalion; Assistant Commandant of 2093rd Reserve Forces School; Commander of the 38th Ordnance Group; Commandant of the 2093rd Reserve Forces School and Deputy Commander of the 99th United States Army Reserve Command (ARCOM). After 38 years in uniform, Jim retired as a Major General and Commander of the 99th ARCOM in 1996.

Jim's many accomplishments included - President of Rotary Club; Eagle Scout Executive Board of Directors Member, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chief Order of the Arrow for Boy Scouts of America; Executive Board of Directors Member for YMCA; Chairman Senior Deacons Board, Chairman Junior Deacons Board, Chairman Finance Committee as a Church Officer at Centenary United Methodist, Executive Board of Directors for United Way; Executive Board of Directors for Marshall University Alumni Association; Executive Board Member for Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors Member for KY Vo-Tech Central Campus; Executive Board of Directors for Puralube, Inc.; and Executive Board and Immediate Past President for Lexington Living Arts and Science Center. Major General Baylor's military achievements included - Distinguished Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two Oakleaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Second Award; Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon; Southwest Asia Service Medal; 99th ARCOM Recruiting Badge; Commanding Generals Recruiting Recognition Award; Life Member of the Reserve Officers Association; and Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association. Jim was a kind and giving person who was devoted to his family, church, community and country. Those who had the privilege of meeting him remember his ability to make you feel welcome and his love for his family and friends.

Jim Baylor was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Rebecca Marshall Baylor, who passed away on February 2, 2011.

He is survived by his four children
son, Bryan Baylor and his wife Emily;
daughter, Amy Shannon and her husband Brian;
daughter, Sara Kaiser and her husband Jim;
son, Chris Baylor;
grandchildren, Parker Shannon, Cameron Shannon, Gavin Kaiser, Mason Kaiser, Landon Kaiser, and Emerson Baylor.

The funeral service at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY. A graveside service at Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, West Virginia.

Family links: 
  W Glenn Baylor (1903 - 1986)
  Mary Boude Baylor (1903 - 1999)
  Rebecca Frances Marshall Baylor (1935 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodmere Memorial Park
Cabell County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Bernice
Record added: Jul 29, 2011
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James Boude Baylor
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 Added: May. 4, 2013
Thank you for your military service.
- Ron Stewart
 Added: Dec. 28, 2012

- Bernice
 Added: Jul. 29, 2011

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