On the evening of Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, heaven received a very special angel. John Brookshire left this world peacefully of natural causes with his family by his side. He was born on March 8, 1974, in Conroe, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. John and Peggy Taylor. John was born with cerebral palsy. John was not expected to make it home from the hospital, and that was 39 years ago. Anyone who knew John learned to have a new respect for life; he taught you how to smile! To know John was to love him. His body may not have worked like everyone else's, but with the help of his family he was able to enjoy life. He loved camping, floating the river and going for walks. He competed in the Special Olympics and even to state. John loved the weather. The crazier the weather, the happier the John! He graduated high school in 1995 and spent the rest of his years with his family. He enjoyed watching the hummingbirds with mom and dad and always got a kick out of watching his brother and sister fight. John is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben and Lois DeWitt; his grandfather, R.M. "Bud" Taylor; and his uncles, Benny DeWitt and Marc Taylor. John is survived by his parents, John and Peggy Taylor; sisters, Jeana Burch and husband, Rex, and Joel Rennie and husband, Tim; brother, Ben Taylor and his fiancÃ©, Hearen; nieces, Shelby Sanders, Sydney and Taylor Floyd and Victoria Burch; and nephews, David Quinn and Caden Floyd. John is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, and other extended family and friends. A private memorial service was held at the family's home. Memorial contributions in John's name can be made to the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, 119 Hughes, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Special Child: "You weren't like other children / And God was well aware / You'd need a caring family / With love enough to share / And so they sent you to us / And much to our surprise / You haven't been a challenge / But a blessing in disguise / We're proud that we were chosen / To help you learn and grow / The joy that you have brought us / Is more than you can know / A precious gift from Heaven / A treasure from above / A child who taught us many things / But most of allâ€¦"Real Love." Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 21, 2014