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James Taylor

Jun 20th, 1948 - Jul 8th, 2021

Funeral Ceremony: 3 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment: Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville

Visitation: 2 p.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home


   James Charles Taylor, age 73, of Clay City, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Clay County Hospital. 

   He was born June 20, 1948, in Parkin, Arkansas, the son of Robert James and Lucy L. (Hale) Taylor.  He was united in marriage to Theresa Cook on May 1, 1999, in Clay City, and together they have shared 22 wedding anniversaries. 

   James enjoyed time spent outdoors, often camping and fishing with family and friends.  He enjoyed talking on his CB Radio and spending time with his best pal, his Pug dog Gizmo who he often referred to as “Gizzy.” 

   He is survived by his wife: Theresa Taylor of Clay City; mother: Lucy Cook of Flora; 4 sons: James Charles Taylor Jr. of Illinois, Gregory (Tina) Taylor of Kentucky, Ronnie Gragert of Illinois, and James Charles Taylor of Illinois; 6 daughters: Lea (Kevin) Tharp of Illinois, Monica Taylor of Kentucky, Joaney (Randy) Deaton of Illinois, Mary (Efrain) Caso of Kentucky, Shelly Brik of Illinois, and Debbie Weaver of Arkansas; a brother: Carl (Diana) Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren: Samantha Burke, Arriel Layne, Arica Penington, Johnathan Persinger, Schalene Nicholas, Adam Griffith, Mariah Arredondo, Kelsey Cortez, Michael Koch, Ruby Garcia, David Koch, Kelton Young, Richey Owens, Matthew Owens, Gregory Scott Taylor, Robert Taylor, Haylee Gragert, Olen Gragert, Lexi Thoma, Cody Weaver, and Bradley Weaver; 23 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-grand ferrets.

   He was preceded in death by his father: Robert Taylor; a brother: Ronnie Taylor; and a grandson: Timothy J.C. Young.

   A funeral ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville.  Visitation will be 2 p.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to the family to assist with final expenses and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:  


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Mariah Arredondo

July 9th

I love you grandpa ❤️ Until we meet again

Monica Taylor

July 9th

Ready easy and fly high with the angels Dad 💔 until we meet again

Lea Tharp

July 9th

I love you with all my heart dad. You will never be forgotten. Until we see each other again you will always be in my memories.

Robert Perkins

July 9th

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Pam Sehie Burgener

July 12th

Si so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers for yhe family.

Bert hack

July 10th

I will miss you my friend. You taught me alot. May we meet under the big oak tree.

Zoe Bell

July 11th

I am so sorry for your loss. James was a kind and good man. He will be remembered by his friends and family in their memories of their good times with him. Rest in Peace our dear friend, until we meet again...

Theresa Taylor

July 11th

You are the love of my life, my best friend, lover, my soulmate, my everything. You will always be in my heart and live there each day till my passing when you come to take me home with you.

Amy Lilly

July 11th

I'm glad I got to meet him!! I promised him I would since I was friends with Theresa... he was so funny even though I know he was not feeling well...he was still warm and welcoming with his Spirit and I'm sure he will be watching over his family at peace!💚

Joaney Deaton

July 11th

You are the strongest person I have ever met in my life and such a blast to talk to. You put family before all else and taught me how valuable people can be to someone. The greastest gift you could give someone memories you create with them, and you gave me so many. I do love you and even though you aren't here just know that will never change. Until we meet again, Joaney Aka "Jonifer"

Samantha Burke

July 13th

You are missed dearly! I love you gpa rest easy. ❤

Diana Strutton & Terry Major

July 24th

You have been a great friend for many years. I'll miss talking to you on the C.B. Fly high my friend. I'll see you one day again.



Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Shirley Johnson
Richard Dillon
Carla (Dulaney) Evans&Donnie I
Songer/Stice family
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Mariah Arredondo
Mary Reynolds
Amy Lilly
Marsha Mink
Jerry Roeder
Lea Tharp
Mary Caso
Melissa Eikenhorst
Bert hack
Joaney and Randy Deaton
Tina & Greg Taylor
Jamie Lynn Ambrous Poshard
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
James Taylor
Carl Taylor
Lucy Cook
Samantha Burke and kids
Cindy Boose
Diana Strutton & Terry Major


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