Jessie Leon Taylor, age 59, of Lamar, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his home.
Jessie was born March 3, 1956, in Kansas City, Missouri to Jessie W. and Mary (Leister) Taylor. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a Private E-1 October 20, 1981. Jessie had worked for Sprouls Construction in Lamar, owned and operated T & M Body Shop & Garage in Iantha from 1992 until 2004, and retired from the Sheldon school system where he was a custodian. Jessie was a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and Barton County Eagles. He was a bike enthusiast and will be remembered by many as “Silver Stallion”. He was a talented singer and especially enjoyed karaoke with Butch Glasgow of Liberal.
On July 13, 1984, at Lamar, Jessie married Becky Bell Clark and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mary (Brad) Green, Springfield, Missouri and Kathryn (Patrick) Hall, Golden City, Missouri; his step-father, Joseph L. Maggard, Lamar; a half-brother, Cecil (Kathy) Taylor Sharp, Quenemo, Kansas; two half-sisters, Yvonne (Bobby) Haile, Lamar; Connie Bradford, Golden City; and three grandchildren, Zack, Dallas, and Terrinity Clark.
Jessie was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cassandra Lynn Watts; a son, Donavan “Big D” Taylor; a brother, Carlos Taylor; and a brother-in-law, Larry Bradford.
A memorial service to celebrate Jessie’s life will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13th at Sheldon Baptist Church with Rev. Jarod Lamb officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
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