Tuesday, officials with the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) arrived at the Omega Protein plant in Moss Point to investigate Monday's deadly accident. An explosion left one worker dead and three others injured.
Tuesday, family gathered at a small horse farm in east Jackson County to mourn the loss of their loved one. On Monday, Jerry Lee Taylor Jr. died in an explosion at the Omega Protein plant in Moss Point. Jerry Taylor Sr., Taylor’s father, says, “He was just an all-around good guy. You couldn't help but like him, you couldn't help but love him. We had a relationship like very few I'd ever seen. I miss him bad already and it won't get better.”
Taylor grew up in east Jackson County with his father and in Mobile with his mother. Taylor was an avid horseback rider and Civil War re-enactor. Taylor says, “Well, the first time he did it we had to sign a waiver at age 12 for him to ride a horse, because they would not allow him, but at 12 years old, he was an excellent horseman.”
Taylor was only 25 years old. He leaves behind a young family, including a son and wife. Taylor also says, “His son, that’s his sunshine. He looks just like his daddy, and he's got another one on the way.”
Taylor got his start in industrial construction working alongside his father. The two men travelled the country going from job to job. Taylor closes, “I’m very good at what I do, but at his age, he was head and shoulders better than me.”
Taylor’s father says the legacy he leaves behind will be one of honesty and hard work. Visitation for Jerry Lee Taylor Jr. will be at the Helena Presbyterian Church Wednesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held at the church Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.
In a statement released by Omega Protein, the company says that "Omega Protein is working cooperatively with local officials as we aid in gathering details about today's events. We expect to have the facility back operating by week's end. Omega Protein's thoughts and prayers are with the workers and their families."