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Bayless Earnest "Sonny" Taylor, Jr.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Bayless Earnest "Sonny" Taylor, Jr., of Dudley was born on Oct. 15, 1928 in Jacksonville, Ark. and died Jan. 6, 2009 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center at the age of 80.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bayless and Alma Taylor and two brothers, Rudy and Eugene.

He married the former Mary Ellen Green of Malden on June 12, 1948 and she survives of the home in rural Dudley.

He was a loving father to his four children, Debby and John Worley, Bayless Lee and Vicki Taylor, Marilyn Taylor Williams and Cheryl Taylor Edwards.

Mr. Taylor is also survived by six grandchildren: John Bayless Taylor, Shannon Taylor Cochran, Richard Williams, Roy Lynn Williams, Ben Worley and Marianna Lane; by three great grandchildren, Baylee Taylor, Rylee Taylor and Emma Kate Worley.

He is also survived by three special family members, Leroy Green and Phyllis Edwards of Dexter and by Ruth Day of Flint, Mi.

A veteran of World War II, Bayless was an active member and trustee of the Liberty Hill General Baptist Church in Aid and was an avid supporter of Camp Allen Church Camp in Greenville.

Beyond his family and church, Bayless' life was devoted to the agribusiness field.

In 1938 he and his father brought innovative rice farming to Southeast Missouri from their home state of Ark.

He was a board member of Southeast Cooperative in its formative years and he was instrumental in securing the Dudley Grain Elevator for local farmers.

His life's devotion was creating Taylor Fish Farms, from which he started the local fish restaurants, Fiddlers, Fisherman's Net at Sikeston and at Lake Wappapello.

Visitation will take place at Rainey-Mathis Funeral home in Dexter from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009.

Funeral services will then be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Phil Warren and Rev. Scott Sifford officiating.

Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.

The Bayless Taylor Jr. Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund has been established and checks may be sent to the Taylor Scholarship, c/o Edward Jones, P.O. Box 35, Dexter, Mo. 63841.


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