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Jerry Lester Taylor

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 15th, 2013

TAYLOR—Jerry Lester Taylor, better known to his family as “JL” and his friends as “Taylor,” of Florence, died tragically at age 34 on Oct. 3, 2013, in a motorcycle accident.

Jerry was born Jan. 5, 1979, in West Covina, Calif., the son of Phillip John Taylor and William and Cynthia Tarza Snow Jones.

His biggest joy in life was his boys. He has a 1-year-old son, Brayden, and was the greatest father figure to Forrest and Skylar and absolutely loved being “Grandpa” to Forrest’s son, Aiden.

He had a love for life and anything adventurous. He loved photography, hiking, traveling and being spontaneous. He learned lessons in life that many will never experience. He faced challenges that would bring the average person to his knees yet came up smiling.

His ambitions in life were to live free and simple, to care for others but be controlled by no one. He accepted you as you are and not as society says you should be. He had a huge heart and loved unconditionally and made everyone feel like family.

Jerry is survived by his “Dad,” William N. Jones Jr.; Grandpa, Jerry R. Snow; three sons: Forrest Terwillegar, Skylar Terwillegar and Brayden Wilson-Taylor; grandson, Aiden Terwillegar; three sisters: Susan Davis, Crystal (William) Peterson and Brittnee Taylor; three nieces: Sierra Davis, Danielle DaBell and Kimberly Peterson; two nephews: Joseph “Joey” Peterson and James “Jimmie” Peterson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip John Taylor and Cynthia Tarza Snow Jones; his grandmothers: LaRee H. Snow, Charlene Hopkins and Myrth W. Jones; and his grandfathers: Lester Charles Taylor Sr. and William N. Jones, Sr.

Respecting Jerry’s wishes, he was cremated and he wanted no official service. We will all carry him in our hearts as he was a treasured love in many people’s lives. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

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