Kenneth Ray (Cotton) Taylor was born August 24, l929 in Shamrock, Texas to Jesse Lee and Connie Greenwood Taylor. He died January 24, 2009 in Tyler, Texas.
Mr. Taylor attended school in Paris, Texas. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs, Texas. He and his son were baptized together by Dr. Richard Jackson.
He married Mary Ruth Taylor March 27, l948 in Paris, Texas. He was employed as a sausage maker at North Star Packing 4 years, Pratt Packing for 37 years, Yoakum Packing from 1989 to 1990, Winn-Bunting Packing in Dallas, Texas from 1991 to 2001. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 60 years Mary Ruth Taylor; son, Steven W. Taylor and wife Carole of Corpus Christi, Texas; Daughters, Jana L. Jenkins and Lisa K. Highfield of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Also surviving is sister-in-law, Mrs. Oleta Taylor and brother-in-law Harold Womack. Grandchildren, Arlana Mann and husband Marc of Sugarland, Texas; Lance Taylor, Houston, Texas; Jeremy Jenkins, Greenville, Texas; Jala Jenkins, Houston, Texas; and Amy Highfield, Sulphur Springs, Texas. Great-granddaughter Skylar Olivia Mann, 8 years old, of Sugarland, Texas. Granddogs Penney & Mattie.
Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents Jesse Lee and Connie Taylor; brother J.E. Taylor; Sisters Gladys Heabner, Pauline Gates, Vivian Graves, and Lucille Womack.
Pallbearers are Terry Perry, Morris Bolton, Jeremy Jenkins, Kenneth Allen, Lance Taylor, Gene Anderson. Honorary Pallbearers: Charlie Charles, Joe Williamson, Lloyd Lee, Don Deaton and Dr. Charles Jones. Cotton was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved all kinds of sports. He was one of the Wildcats #1 fans. One of his greatest thrills after watching many years of Wildcat football was to be a part of the State Championship this season.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He never met a stranger. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 2 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may by made to First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482. Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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