Lester James Taylor
November 18, 1938  -  September 11, 2017

Lester James Taylor

Funeral Service
Bible Baptist Church
200 Ave. P
Sunray, TX  79086
Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:00 AM
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Northlawn Memorial Gardens
4 miles north
Dumas, TX  79029
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American Cancer Association
3915 Bell St.
Amarillo, TX  79109

I served in the Army.

Lester “Les” James Taylor, 78, of Sunray, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Seth Seale, officiating. Interment will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Les was born on November 18, 1938 in Ogelsby OK, to Jess and Lova (Gougler) Taylor. He grew up in Ogelsby and graduated from Ogelsby High School. He married Joyce Coffey in her parents’ house in Dumas on February 18, 1961. The couple would eventually move to Sunray in 1974 and in 1975, Les began Les Taylor Drilling. He owned and operated the business until he retired in 2000 and sold the business to his son Randy. Les loved working on and collecting old cars, tractors and later on in life enjoyed raising and working cattle. He was a longtime member of the Sunray City Council, Palo Duro River Authority Board and Bible Baptist Church in Sunray. He loved his church and was a very big supporter of the building fund and the transportation fund. His greatest love was his family and grandchildren who will miss him greatly.

He is preceded in death by his parents and 6 brothers and sisters.

Les is survived by his wife Joyce of the home; children; Randy Taylor and wife Cathy of Sunray, Tammie Bumpas of Sunray, and John Taylor and wife Amy of Windsor, CO; brothers: Paul and David Taylor both of Bartlesville, OK; sisters: Nancy Melendez of Venice, FL, Mavis Cedarburg of Firth, ID, and Gladys Nicholls of Nowata, OK; grandchildren; Misti Loman, Raniel Bumpas, Erin Shaw, Darren Bumpas, Bristen Rodriguez , Nicole Taylor, Tiffany Taylor, Casey Taylor, Josh Taylor, and Michala Taylor; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggest with gratitude memorials be made to American Cancer Association, 3915 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79109.

The family will be at 1015 Ave R in Sunray.


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  1. Vivian Billbe and daughter Marie
    Oglesby, OK

    Sorry for your loss.

  2. Lisa Wadsworth
    Texhoma, OK

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Randy, and your family

  3. Cliff & Jody Skiles
    Dalhart, TX

    Les Taylor was a good, hard-working man and a great friend who will be dearly missed. We send our sincerest condolences and prayers to his family.

  4. Gary and Libby Bain
    Sunray, TX

    We are so sorry for the loss of Les. He will be missed!

  5. Robyn Johnson
    Dalhart, TX

    Thinking of all you during this time, so sorry for your loss.

  6. Kevin Williams
    Sunray, TX

    Les was a great man. He helped me out when times where tough. I will always have tremendous repect for him. We lost a great one. Prayers for everyone.

  7. Sheryl shields spruell
    Dumas, TX

    Joyce and family so sorry for your loss .will be praying for your family .

  8. Donna Burkett Nelson

    Sorry for your loss

  9. Robert Shields, evangelist
    Waxahachie, TX

    Our condolences to the family of Led Taylor. I counted him & his family as very dear friends. We are praying for all the family. We love you.

  10. B.W. and Barbara Hammontree
    Odessa, MO

    Joyce, Tammy, Randy, Michael John and the rest of the family we could not love you any more than we do. We are here for you all the way. We will miss Les so very much, we loved him too. God's strength and comfort to you all.

  11. Kent Fletcher
    Amarillo, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Manuel and Zela Young
    Sunray, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Manuel and Zela Young

  13. Chad Ely
    Sunray, TX

    Les will be missed very much. My family will be praying for all of you that God will give y'all peace comfort at this hard time. We love y'all!!

  14. Jay D. Ely
    Bartlesville, OK

    RIP. You were a good man, a good husband, a great father and a good friend to my dad. God speed!

  15. Susan Dodd Benge
    Dumas, TX

    I'm so sorry to hear about Les
    He was a great guy
    Love and Prayers to Joyce and all the family

  16. Lynn and Darla DeBord
    Spring Hill, KS

    Darla and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know this must be a very difficult time for you. We are lifting you and you family up in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Estella Alvarez
    Sunray, TX

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

  18. Gary Easley
    Mt Sterling, KY

    Prayers for the family. Les was a great man.

  19. Brent Sullivan
    Bedford, TX

    Joyce,Randy,Tammy, Jon and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Les. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May you be comforted and held tight by God's love, grace, and mercy. With all my love, Brent.

  20. Susie Neely Moore
    Oglesby, OK

    LJ was friends with my brother and I was always the little girl hanging around. I have lots of memories of him and his sense of humor. My condolences to the family.

  21. Daniel, Kelly & David Farmer
    Denton, NC

    Erin, so sorry for your lose. You and your entire family are in our thoughts & prayers.

  22. Tiffanie Howell
    Dumas, TX

    Prayers for peace for all family. Les will be very missed, loved our long talks we would have when I groomed his dog. I'll never forget him he was a very nice man with a caring heart and loved his family very much. He would talk about everyone always. I got a lot of stories about his family he loved you all very much.

  23. Robin Willis
    Dumas, TX

    Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God may comfort you and that you may feel his presence and be assured Les is in good hands.

  24. Devona Gadberry
    Follett, TX

    So sorry for your loss and special love for Misti,Brayson and my little love Kayson!!!!
    Prayers and lots of love for all of you!!!!!

  25. Judy garmany
    Sunray, TX

    Thinking about all of u

  26. Elias & Elaine Ortiz
    Sunray, TX

    Les was a very honorable and kind,sweet man! His presence in Sunray will no doubtedly be missed! Prayers for all the family for peace and comfort! Love to all!

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