Sondra Hyde Holman Taylor

Sondra Hyde Holman Taylor, 50 years of age, a truly loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away May 4, in her sleep at her home in Grenada.

Services were held  May 7 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Burial followed at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.

Sandy was born October 26, 1966, in Jackson. She attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and was graduated from Jackson Preparatory School. After graduation, she attended the University of Mississippi and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She was graduated from Southern Methodist University and attended Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, England.

Sandy moved to Grenada 25 years ago as a new bride to Dr. Walter Travis Taylor Jr. (Buddy). Her devotion to her husband and three children did not keep her from being involved in every aspect of her community. Her love of children was evidenced by her involvement in the Grenada Junior Auxiliary, the Grenada Arts Partnership, the Kirk Academy school board, and the Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, where she served as a state board member tirelessly soliciting financial and volunteer involvement.

Everyone who came in contact with Sandy immediately felt her kind and loving spirit. Her life permeated grace. She was a “first responder,” always there for anyone who needed her regardless of who you were or where you came from.

Her philanthropic spirit was witnessed by her everyday warmth and generosity; with little boasting, but major impact on many lives.

Missing her will be: Buddy Taylor, her husband; her sons, Travis, 21 years of age, Holman, 18 years of age; and her daughter, Skylar, 15 years of age.

She also leaves her Mom, Sondra Holman; her brother, WH Holman III (Hank); and her sisters, Holly Buchanan (Brooks), and Janie Maloney (Steve), and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, William Henry Holman Jr.

Sandy was a blessing to this world, and her loss will be felt by family, friends, and beyond. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-10

These words describe her life and no more words are needed….

Memorials may be made to Southern Christian Services/Joe Rowland Home, P.O. Box 5235, Jackson, Miss., 39202.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


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