ESSEX - Charles Taylor, 86, died Aug. 21, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Dec. 29, 1920, to the late W.R. Taylor and Mary Caroline McMullin Taylor, he attended Essex Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1939.
On Jan. 24, 1942, at Bloomfield, he married Merle Smith, who survives.
He attended the Essex United Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer and cattleman in partnership with his brothers in Taylor Brothers Farms and Taylor Brothers Angus Farms. An avid fisherman and duck hunter, he also took great joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Ronald Taylor of Dexter and Deena (Mrs. Billy Kelley) and Marsha (Mrs. Kenneth Keller) of Essex; and seven grandchildren, Leslie Haley, Andy, Erik and Kurt Kelley, Carrie Wyman, Sarah Porter and Rachel Keller; eight great-grandchildren, Logan and Morgan Haley, Ryan Kelley, Drew and Kole Kelley, Kate and Joy Wyman and Alex Porter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Max, Tom, Howard and Jim Taylor; and by four sisters, Maurine Taylor, Lollie Chrisman, Mary Vinson and Grace Stuart.
Visitation will be from noon Thursday until time for services at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. The Rev. Roy Sherfield will officiate.
Burial will be in the Dexter Cemetery.
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may be made to:
Essex United Methodist Church,
the Stoddard County Children's Home
or a charity of choice.