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.
Sorry for your loss.
Vivian Billbe and daughter MarieOglesby, OK
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Randy, and your family
Lisa WadsworthTexhoma, OK
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.
Cliff & Jody SkilesDalhart, TX
We are so sorry for the loss of Les. He will be missed!
Gary and Libby BainSunray, TX
Thinking of all you during this time, so sorry for your loss.
Robyn JohnsonDalhart, 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.
Kevin WilliamsSunray, TX
Joyce and family so sorry for your loss .will be praying for your family .
Sheryl shields spruellDumas, TX
Sorry for your loss
Donna Burkett Nelson,
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.
Robert Shields, evangelistWaxahachie, TX
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.
B.W. and Barbara HammontreeOdessa, MO
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kent FletcherAmarillo, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Manuel and Zela Young
Manuel and Zela YoungSunray, 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!!
Chad ElySunray, TX
RIP. You were a good man, a good husband, a great father and a good friend to my dad. God speed!
Jay D. ElyBartlesville, OK
I'm so sorry to hear about Les
He was a great guy
Love and Prayers to Joyce and all the family
Susan Dodd BengeDumas, TX
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.
Lynn and Darla DeBordSpring Hill, KS
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.
Estella AlvarezSunray, TX
Prayers for the family. Les was a great man.
Gary EasleyMt Sterling, KY
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.
Brent SullivanBedford, TX
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.
Susie Neely MooreOglesby, OK
Erin, so sorry for your lose. You and your entire family are in our thoughts & prayers.
Daniel, Kelly & David FarmerDenton, NC
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.
Tiffanie HowellDumas, 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.
Robin WillisDumas, 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!!!!!
Devona GadberryFollett, TX
Thinking about all of u
Judy garmanySunray, 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!
Elias & Elaine OrtizSunray, TX