His Life Story
Clarence E. Taylor, Jr, 86, passed away on December 4, 2020 at his home in Kansas City KS. He was born on August 31, 1934 in Coushatta, LA to Rev. Clarence E. Taylor, Sr and Lula Horton Taylor. Clarence grew up in Kansas City KS and graduated from Sumner High School. Clarence was first and foremost, a faithful servant of God. He was the longest serving officer and member of 2nd Metropolitan Baptist Church for over 70 years. His first job was with Wilson’s Meat Packing and then 30 plus years with the KCK Board of Education where he retired. Clarence married Barbara Spears in 1955 in Paola, KS and they were happily married for 65 years. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents Rev Clarence Taylor and Lula Taylor; siblings, Solomon Taylor and Versey Mae Stephens. Clarence is survived by his spouse Barbara of Kansas City, KS; sister Vera Diana Jones of St Louis, MO; daughter Pamela Kidd of Belton, MO; son, Clarence Taylor, Jr. II. (Harriett) of Overland Park, KS; son Fred Taylor (Laura) of Basehor, KS; daughter Lula Henry (Milton) of Kansas City, KS; son Percy Taylor (Demetra) of Kansas City, KS; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Clarence was the solid rock patriarch of a loving family.
We remember how big his heart was, as exemplified by the numerous family members over the years that he and his wife Barbara allowed to stay in the home until they were able to transition to their own place. He was a master mechanic who enjoyed working on cars. He was also a very skilled handyman and jack of many trades. He loved sports and attended well over 1,000 sporting events in support of his children and grandchildren. Clarence loved family gatherings, laughter, and his favorite desserts, ice cream and brownies. We’ll remember his favorite clothes to wear around the house were old school overalls with lots of pockets for his tools. He would switch out to very sharp suits and hats for church and other special events. Clarence and his family traveled extensively. They only stayed in the finest quality AAA rated campgrounds, but his favorite spot was Bull Creek in Paola, KS.
He started with a pop up camper to travel in style with his family, and gradually moved up to deluxe motor homes, which brought him joy and convenience for the family’s extended fishing getaways. Clarence wants you to know his work here is done. He received a call which turned out to be an offer he couldn’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. One day, each of us will receive that same offer, with the same bonus, including a day when we will see him again, throughout eternity. In his honor, Clarence Taylor Jr, wants you to do an unexpected unsolicited act of kindness for some poor soul who needs it, hopefully because of his God inspired impact or influence on your life.
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