L. P. “Pete” Taylor, 86, of Bogata, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Paris Regional Medical Center.
Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9th at the Pavilion of Bogata Cemetery with Patrick Cannon officiating and Matt Baker serving as eulogist. The family will receive friends at the pavilion one hour prior to the service.
Pete, the son of Lee Roy Taylor & Ora Proffer Taylor, was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Delta County, TX.
On Feb. 6, 1954, he married Lillian Ann Sanders in Paris, TX building 59 years of family and memories before her death on July 24, 2013.
He attended schools in Honey Grove, Brookston, Roxton and graduated high school at West Lamar in 1951. Pete was active with Future Farmers of America activities and served as President of the local chapter and was a District Officer. He worked on a dairy at Paris Junior College, served as President of Klodhopper Klub (Agriculture Club) and graduated in May 1953. He entered the U. S. Navy in September serving at naval bases in San Diego, CA, Norman, OK, Memphis, TN, Corpus Christi, TX and Moffitt Field, CA. Following his honorable discharge, he entered East Texas State Teachers College in Sept. 1957, receiving his BS degree in 1959 and MEd in 1960.
Pete began teaching Vocational Agriculture in 1960 at Lockett High School where he taught for eight years. In 1968, he began teaching at Rivercrest High School where he taught for 22 years. In 1990, he went to work for the Texas Health Department as a meat inspector, retiring at the age of 84 following 29 years service. He was a member of the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ in Paris. Pete was inducted into the Rivercrest Education Foundation on April 12, 2014.
L. P. Taylor and Craig Ingram taught Vocational Agriculture and taught students skills they would use throughout their lives.
Survivors include three children; Sherrie Boyd & husband Alan of Paris, Larry Taylor & wife Gail of Bogata, and Misty Gage & husband Clint of Paris, grandchildren; Lance Taylor of Irving, Lindsey Mayer & husband Josh of Melissa, Logan Taylor & wife Heather of Commerce, Shannon Boyd & wife Kristin of Denison, Allison Hanley & husband Matt of Paris, Grayson Gage of Paris, and Carter Gage of Paris, great grandchildren; Gavin Hanley, Jackson Hanley, Ryland Boyd, Ellington Boyd, Lucas Mayer, and Lincoln Mayer, his beloved Yorkie, Abby, and a plethora of friends.
Casket bearers will be his grandchildren; Lance Taylor, Lindsey Mayer, Logan Taylor, Shannon Boyd, Allison Hanley, Grayson Gage, and Carter Gage. Honorary bearers will be: Don Stockton, Craig Ingram, Wayne McAnally, William Alexander, and Virginia Morales.
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