William ‘Sharp’ Taylor

Published 4:04 am Saturday, August 3, 2019

William L. “Sharp” Taylor, 76, a resident of the Stateline community, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on July 31, 2019.

He was born July 9, 1943 and was retired after a 37-year career as a millwright at the paper mill in Bogalusa. Sharp was a faithful member of Stateline Missionary Baptist Church for many years and also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Varnado. He enjoyed traveling to the Great Smokey Mountains with his wife and friends three times a year. Sharp was a member of the Domino Players of the Improve Community and loved woodworking and watching and feeding the birds in his yard each day.
He is survived by: his wife, Karon “Kay” Taylor; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Megan Taylor, and Ronnie and Lyn Taylor; step-son, Jeffrey Lewis; two step-daughters and a spouse, Leslie Lewis, and Amy Cuneo-Knight and Neil; eight grandchildren and spouses, Laken and William Stogner, Drew Taylor, Treat and Amber Magee, Tristan Magee, Allie and Vincent Chipman, Taylor Toups, Noah Cueno, and Kylie Vareles; six great-grandchildren, Lily, Emily, Hayden, Kinsley, Levi, and Nate; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Pearline Taylor Singletary, Jessie Merle Taylor, Emogene Breland, and Vivian and Kendall McKenzie; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Dianne Taylor; and also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Barbara Ann Kennedy Taylor; parents, Ervin Taylor and Georgie McCain Taylor; a sister, Wilmoth Taylor; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Annie Mae Kennedy.

Visitation was at Stateline Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and after 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. A masonic rites service and funeral service were held in the church at 11 a.m. Friday with Bro. Donnie Broom and Bro. Brent King officiating. Burial followed in the Kennedy Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tate Kennedy, Jonathan Kennedy, Marty Breland, Jeremy McKenzie, Jammie Singletary and Jeremy Seal. Honorary pallbearers were Hillary Crain, Benard Breland, William “Wormy” Knight, Rex Morris and Shelton Stogner.

Obituaries can be viewed online at www.crainfh.com.