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Delta State’s flag to fly at half-staff in memory of Taylor Skelton

By September 21, 2022

The Delta State University flag will fly at half-staff today, Sept. 21, through sunset Friday, Sept. 23, in memory of Taylor Cordel Skelton (‘14), director of Delta State’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Field Education.

Skelton passed away Sept. 19 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 29.

Taylor Skelton

Skelton was born in Southaven, Miss., to Phillip Ray Cordel and Amanda Jaudon Cordel. She was a 2010 graduate of North Delta School and a 2014 graduate of Delta State where she earned her BSW. Skelton earned her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Alabama and was a Ph.D. candidate at Walden University. At Delta State, she served as a Social Work instructor, president-elect of the Faculty Senate and faculty sponsor for the Phi Alpha Honor Society.

Skelton is survived by her husband, Wyot Skelton, and two sons, Phillip Wood Skelton and Wilson Taylor Skelton, all of Indianola; father, Phil (Laurie) Cordel of Batesville; mother, Amanda (Chris Woods) Cordel of Courtland; maternal grandmother, Sarah Selby of Charleston; step grandmother, Patricia Craig of Grenada; stepsister, Morgan (Chad) Eskridge of Duck Hill; stepbrother, Chase (Lorrin) Newman of Starkville; niece, Audrey Eskridge; nephew, Eli Newman; sister in love and heart, Jessica Grey Pickens; and a host of cousins.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at First United Methodist Church in Indianola. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Lindsay officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at Marks Cemetery in Marks. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Delta State Foundation/Social Work, PO Box 3141, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, 38733, or First United Methodist Church Day School, PO Box 86, Indianola, MS, 38751.

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