John Taylor

BONHAM - Graveside service for John Wesley Taylor, 83, of Sherman will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday at Providence Cemetery near the Bartley Woods Community. Chaplain Gene Owen will officiate the service. Mr. Taylor went home to be with the Lord Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Sam Rayburn VA, Living Community Center in Bonham.

Mr. Taylor was born February 1, 1930 to Vernie Winthrop and Lula Isabelle (Henry) Taylor in Alvord, Texas. He married Bonita Weeks on July 21, 1956 in Durant, Okla. In 1948 Mr. Taylor enlisted in the Air Force to serve his country, and received his honorable discharge in 1950. He was a police officer for the city of Sherman and had several management jobs before becoming self-employed. Mr. Taylor taught Sunday school class for years, and in 1963 he surrendered to preach the Gospel at Central Baptist Church in Sherman and Whitesboro. He also preached at the Grayson County Jail on Sunday afternoons, and he loved doing the Lord's work. Mr. Taylor retired in 1991, and loved spending time with his family, and his great grandsons Chase and Levi. He was affectionately known as PawPaw Taylor.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonita of Sherman; his three sons James, Jerry, and Larry; grandchildren, Donya Spainburger, Krista (Hayden) Taylor, Racheal Weaver, Cassandra Taylor; great-grandchildren, Chase D Hayden and Levi D Hayden; and sister, Marie Holman of Sherman. He is preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Victor, Rex, Vernie, and Ragen.

No formal visitation will be held.

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Published in The Herald Democrat on Aug. 25, 2013